Meet Chris Sprowls – one of the “30 under 30” rising stars in Florida politics

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Chris Sprowl,s 29, entered politics believing that people deserve a good advocate. He feels that we are all at our best when given opportunities for education and work, and that governments should ensure these opporutnities are accessible to all.

Chris’ first shot was when former Rep. Mike Bilirakis nominated him to be a US House Page when he was a high school junior.  He spent much of this year living and schooling on grounds.  From there he went on to create veterans legal clinics across the country designed to provide free legal access to veterans trying to navigate the federal process; and worked to create the Veterans Law Institute at Stetson Law School.

Chris has been blessed with many mentors. “It would be unfair to list one,” he writes. “I have been truly blessed that God has provided me with amazing mentors at the exact time I have needed them the most.”  That said, he admires Jeb Bush, Bernie McCabe, and Mike Fasano.

Chris has learned to start everything off with the question “is it the right thing to do?” and if he weren’t working in politics, Chris would be a prosecutor. 

“I’m not running for office because I think it is a better job- I’m doing it because everyone should have a representative who is willing and able to fight for them, even when it is unpleasant or unpopular,” Chris writes.

Here is Chris in his own words:

I am 29 years-young.

I live in Palm Harbor… and I grew up in Tarpon Springs…. I went to school at the University of South Florida & Stetson University College of Law.

I hope to visit Ireland/Scotland soon enough.

I entered politics because…I believe people deserve a good advocate. I believe that we are all at our best when given the opportunity to get a world-class education, given the chance to build something for our families, and work as individuals to improve our community. Government should be about ensuring those opportunities are accessible to all, not finding ways to make them more difficult to achieve.

One principle I always put above politics is… I try and put all principles before politics.

Person or people who gave me my first shot: Fmr. Congressman Mike Bilirakis nominated me to be a U.S. House Page when I was a high school junior. As a result I spent most of my junior year living in a Page dormitory that was converted from an old congressional hotel. I went to school at the U.S. House Page School in the Jefferson Building in the Library of Congress at 5:30 a.m., and by mid morning I was working on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives with 50 other High School juniors. It was an incredible life experience that would not have been possible without Mike Bilirakis.   

I’ve already worked for/on: I have worked to create veterans legal clinics across the county designed to provide free legal access to veterans trying to navigate a burdensome federal process, who do not possess the resources to hire someone to fight for them. I am most proud of the Veterans Law Institute at Stetson Law School, which I worked to create. 

When I begin a project or first work on a campaign, I look for people who are wiser than I, and I ask for their advice as much as they will let me.

I’ve been blessed to have these people as my mentors: It would be unfair to list one. I have been truly blessed that God has provided me with amazing mentors at the exact time I have needed them the most.  

The people I most admire in politics are: Jeb Bush, Bernie McCabe, Mike Fasano.

One lesson I’ve already learned is… to always start anything off with the question …”Is it the right thing to do?”

If I wasn’t working in politics, I’d be working in: I am doing it already. Being a Prosecutor is a great job, and I’m not convinced there is a better one out there. I’m not running for office because I think it is a better job- I’m doing it because everyone should have a representative who is willing and able to fight for them, even when it is unpleasant or unpopular.   

In ten years, you’ll read about me… and I will no longer qualify for the 30 under 30.

You can connect with me via (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

FB: facebook.com/SprowlsforFlorida

Twitter: @ChrisSprowls

Website: www.ChrisSprowls.com

 

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.