Cissy Proctor named to board for “The Florida House”

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Cissy Proctor, who heads the state’s jobs agency, now is taking a role at the Florida House.

No, not the Florida House of Representatives, but the actual building that serves as Florida’s “embassy” in Washington, D.C.

Proctor, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, was named Monday to the board of trustees for Florida House, “the beautifully restored 1891 Victorian house” across the street from the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court.

It “has welcomed visiting Floridians, students, dignitaries, elected officials and those doing business in the nation’s capital” since 1973, according to its website.

“Florida House was purchased and is maintained solely by contributions for the citizens of Florida,” the site says. “No state or federal tax dollars are used in any way to support Florida House.”

Bart Hudson, president and CEO of Florida House, said in a statement that Proctor “has a depth of knowledge about our state and a network of friends and colleagues that will help spread the word of Florida House.”

Florida also is the only state to have such a facility in the nation’s capital.

“The zoning regulations within the District of Columbia would (now) prohibit a facility like Florida House,” its site says. “We are grandfathered in and will exist as long as the generosity of Floridians supports the concept.”

Jacksonville mortgage broker Elizabeth Newton Riley also was named to the board Monday. First Lady Ann Scott is honorary chairman of the board.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at