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Personnel note: Ashley Ross to join Senate President’s office

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ashley-rossAn expert political fundraiser is joining Joe Negron’s team as he prepares to become the new President of the Florida Senate.

Ashley Ross will become a Deputy Chief of Staff, according to spokeswoman Katie Betta

She also will be a Senior Policy Advisor to the President for commerce and tourism, military and veterans affairs, space and domestic security, community affairs and joint legislative committees.

Ross, a member of the SaintPetersblog “30 Under 30” Class of 2013, began her career in Gov. Jeb Bush‘s Legislative Affairs Office.

She later served in several legislative affairs roles in the private sector, including with The PGA Tour of America.

Ross also had senior positions at the Republican Party of Florida and the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee.

She received an undergraduate degree in marketing and an MBA from Florida State University, Betta said.

Ross will be joining Negron’s staff after the November general election. She now runs her own political fundraising and consulting firm in Tallahassee. 

Negron, a Republican state Senator from Stuart, became Senate President-designate after his rival, Jack Latvala of Clearwater, ended his bid for the presidency in November. He will instead become chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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 jim@floridapolitics.com.

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