Brightest minds in Florida politics: Mike Grissom

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Mike Grissom probably still gets carded. But don’t let his youthful looks fool you. Grissom has held impressive posts and continues to rise as one of the brightest minds in Florida politics.

Grissom serves now as the senior director of political affairs for the Florida Chamber of Commerce — a position that means year-round political activity, whether campaign strategy or legislative battles. It also means that he is at the center of a 29-person lobbying team for the organization — a team that includes many of Florida’s most effective and engaging politicos.

“Mike’s wealth of experience on a variety of campaigns (county, legislative, congressional, cabinet)  and his party experience has certainly given him a sturdy platform to understand the needs of Florida and that is to elect pro-jobs candidates,” says Marian Johnson, the Chamber’s Vice President of Political Strategy (and Grissom’s boss).

“Politics, like Florida’s economy, is changing fast and Mike’s experience, along with the microtargeting and GOTV tools we have, put Mike as one of Florida’s leading political experts,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

He’s a UCF grad hailing from Wellington in Palm Beach County.

He acted as Michigan Victory director at the RNC and as Victory director for the Kentucky Republican Party.

Grissom’s other Florida work includes serving as the executive director of the Republican Party of Florida in 2013 and as deputy executive director of the RPOF following his work on Gov. Rick Scott’s 2010 campaign.

Grissom was also the statewide field director for Bill McCollum’s 2010 gubernatorial bid, and was deputy political director for John McCain’s 2008 operation in South Carolina.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.