Incoming Senate President Joe Negron tapped Mike Hansen to head the staff for the chamber’s Appropriations Committee, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Hansen will take over when Negron officially becomes president in November.
Hansen, 63, had left state government to become president and CEO of The Florida Council for Community Mental Health in Tallahassee.
He served as Negron’s staff director when the Stuart Republican was Appropriations chair under former Senate President Don Gaetz.
The nearly four-decade veteran of state government is considered a budgeting guru. He was Gov. Jeb Bush‘s budget director and has been staff director of the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee.
Hansen also was Secretary of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.