Meet Britton Alexander – one of the “30 under 30” rising stars of Florida Politics

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Britton Alexander admits to being an adrenalin junkie — like bungee jumping off the Auckland Bridge in New Zealand.

“It was scary,” she says. “But once I did it I thought, ‘I could do that again.’”

Studying for a year at the University of Auckland gave her an appreciation for a different culture and let her explore a beautiful part of the world, home to her favorite animal — penguins. It also gave her a new appreciation for the warm waters of Florida.

Now Britton is taking a new leap. She has left her communications job at the Senate Majority Office to attend law school at Florida State University.

She hasn’t picked a specific area of the law to study yet, but it will have something to do with policy.

“A law degree will help me understand the inner workings of policy. I like delving into details and it’s a great way to help people. I’ve gotten to work on education issues, like helping students get jobs.”

She also wants to continue to use her communications skills. She earned her journalism degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

But it’s not all study and no play. Britton loves the outdoors whether it’s white water rafting with her parents at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, or doing CrossFit.

And when she starts missing New Zealand, she visits her penguin pal Cliff at Florida Aquarium.

Here is Britton in her own words:

I am 24 years old and …

I live in Tallahassee but grew up in Lake Wales. I graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and am currently attending Florida State University’s College of Law. I hope to visit every continent in the world. Antarctica is at the top of the list. I got into politics because I was drawn to the fast-paced environment that also allowed me to work with others to make a positive difference in our State.

One principle I always put above politics is … be kind to others and never lose your sense of humor.

Person or people who gave me my first shot… Sarah Bascom. She gave me a chance in high school before I even knew what I was capable of. As the years have gone by, she has continued to offer me great advice and opportunities.

I’ve already worked for… Bascom Communications and Consulting, Senate President Don Gaetz, and Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto.

When I begin a project or first work on a campaign, I look for … inspiring people to work alongside. A great team makes even a mundane task enjoyable…or bearable at the very least.

I’ve been blessed to have these people as my mentors… My dad, who always encourages my love for adventure, taught me to stay true to my beliefs and myself. He continues to help me find my own path every day. I also have been fortunate to have a number of strong women to look up to: my mom, Sarah Bascom, Katie Betta, Senator Benacquisto, just to name a few. They always set great examples of what smart, funny, hardworking women can achieve. Each has provided me with invaluable guidance.

The people I most admire in politics are… those who stay true to their families, their friends and themselves.

One lesson I’ve already learned is … the devil is in the details. One misspelled word, or name, can completely change the meaning of a document.

If I wasn’t working in politics, I’d be working in (which field) … corporate law or public relations, most likely for an outdoor adventure company.

In 10 years, you’ll read about me … hopefully in Florida’s “40 under 40.”

You can connect with me on Twitter (@brittonalex).

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.