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Mike Hansen to be next Senate budget staff head

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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.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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