Chris Dorworth to lobby, will join Brian Ballard's firm

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Ballard Partners today announced the opening of their sixth office location in the state. Former State Rep. Chris Dorworth will be managing the Orlando-based office where he will lead and expand Ballard Partners’ lobbying efforts in the Central Florida area.

“We’re thrilled to have Rep. Dorworth join our team and spearhead the opening of our new office in Orlando,” said Brian Ballard, president of Ballard Partners. “Chris’ leadership and knowledge of the issues facing Florida and the Orlando area will be an enormous asset to our firm and our clients.”

“Having the opportunity to join Florida’s leading public affairs firm is an incredible beginning to the next chapter in my career,” stated Dorworth. “I look forward to contributing to the already exceptional team at Ballard Partners and building a strong, first class public affairs presence in Central Florida.”

Dorworth, from Lake Mary, served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives . He was elected Chairman of the Central Florida Legislative Delegation, which is comprised of all representatives and senators from Orange, Volusia, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Lake and Polk Counties. Having served in many leadership roles, Dorworth was Chairman of the Rulemaking and Regulation Subcommittee, Co-Chairman of the House Reapportionment Committee and Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee for the 2010-2012 term.

During his years in the Florida Legislature, Dorworth worked to pass hallmark legislation revamping the state’s regulatory and rulemaking system, and helped overturned a Governor’s veto to see the bill (HB 1565) become law in November 2010. He chaired the first Rulemaking and Regulation Subcommittee to oversee the implementation of HB1565.

Dorworth led the effort to pass the constitutional amendment and implementing legislation for what became Amendment 4 on the 2012 ballot. He also spearheaded several pieces of landmark legislation to prevent childhood sexual violence, including the repeal of statute of limitations on child molesters and the creation of the nation’s strongest mandatory reporting law.

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.