No fooling: On April 1, Jeff Kottkamp to launch lobbying firm

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Former lieutenant governor Jeff Kottkamp is leaving Messer Caparello P.A., and venturing out to lobby and practice law on his own. The launch of Jeff Kottkamp, P.A., becomes official on April 1. 

In doing so, Kottkamp joins the growing cohort of former officials puting their experience and clout to work for their clients. 

At the last filing, Kottkamp was registered to represent the Children’s Campaign, Cooperative Services of Florida, Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Florida Greyhound Association, Florida Right to Know Alliance, and FTTE. All of these clients will be sticking with the former LG. 

Kottkamp was Florida’s 17th lieutenant governor from 2007 to 2011 under Gov. Charlie Crist. During his tenure, Kottkamp became a leading advocate for the space program as Chairman of the Board of Space Florida. He served as Chairman of Florida’s Children and Youth Cabinet, Chairman of the Florida Sports Foundation, and had oversight responsibility for the Governor’s Office of Drug Control where he led the fight against pill mills.  Kottkamp oversaw the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Office of Adoption and Child Protection, as well as the Governor’s Film and Entertainment Office. 

As a member of the Florida House from 2000 to 2006, Kottkamp served as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chairman of the Governmental Operations Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Rules Committee and also served as Deputy Majority Whip. 

And, as his many Facebook friends would know, Kottkamp is the father to one very clever Jackson.

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.