Matt Carter joins Ramos & Sparks lobbying firm

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Matt Carter, former Public Service Commission Chairman and current member of the governing board of the state university system, has joined the Tallahassee firm of Ramos & Sparks Group. Carter will serve as Of Counsel and be responsible for the firm’s issue and executive branch advocacy efforts in the areas of energy, telecommunications, technology, education and business.

His career makes him highly qualified for his new role. He has served in senior roles for then-Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson and also in the administration of Governor Jeb Bush as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Management Services. Governor Bush appointed Matt to the Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2006, where he served until 2010. He was Chairman of the PSC from 2008-10.

Matt served in the Florida Legislature for seven years. He was a Staff Director, Policy Coordinator and Council Director in the House for five years. From 2010-12, he served in the Florida Senate as Staff Director for the Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee while simultaneously serving as Staff Director for the Military Affairs, Space and Domestic Security Committee. In March, 2012 Governor Rick Scott appointed Matt to the Florida Board of Governors, the statewide board charged with oversight for Florida’s 12 public universities.

“Matt Carter brings unique experience to the table and we are lucky to have him,” said R&S President Bob Sparks. Director Rich Ramos added: “We are building our business on hard work and integrity and we know of no other person who fits this description better than Matt.”

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