Former Speaker Dean Cannon launching lobbying firm, Capitol Insight; teaming with Larry Cretul and Cynthia Lorenzo

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Former Speaker Dean Cannon is launching Capitol Insight, a full-service lobbying firm based in Tallahassee. Cannon is teaming up with another former Speaker, Larry Cretul, and Cynthia Lorenzo.

Cretul and Lorenzo will lead the firm’s legislative affairs practice, while Cannon will focus on strategic consulting, the executive branch and business development consulting.

By launching Capitol Insight, Cannon is returning to what he did so well before climbing the legislative leadership track. Cannon was a lobbyist and lawyer prior to being an elected member of the Legislature.

Although Cannon’s legislative district was based in Central Florida, he and his family are moving to Tallahassee as he returns to law and government affairs consulting.

Cannon began his career as a lawyer in Orlando, practicing state and local government law.  He represented sophisticated clients before local, regional, and state government entities from the Panhandle to the Keys. In addition, he also represented local governments and quasi-governmental authorities.

He also served as General Counsel to the Orange County Charter Review Commission in 2000, and has also previously represented the City of Orlando before the Florida legislature and executive branch.

Cannon was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2004 and served until 2012.

During his eight year career, he played pivotal roles in property tax reform, growth management reform, and major transportation infrastructure policy initiatives, among many others.  He was selected by his peers to become Speaker of the House for the 2010 – 2012 term, and is credited with leading  the House effectively during a time of great economic and political challenge.

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