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Personnel note: Tamela Perdue leaves AIF for Sunshine Health

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Tamela I. Perdue is leaving the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) for Sunshine Health, one of the “largest health care plans in Florida.”

Sunshine Health announced the hire in a news release on Wednesday.


Perdue was AIF’s general counsel for 10 years, according to her bio, and is an expert on workers’ compensation law. Gov. Rick Scott in April appointed her to the state’s Workers’ Compensation Panel.

At Sunshine Health, Perdue will be Senior Vice President of Legislative and Government Affairs, handling its lobbying.

She also has been Corporate Counsel at McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern, “a statewide law firm specializing in insurance defense, administrative law and government consulting,” according to the news release and her Florida Bar listing.

She has an undergraduate degree from Lee University in Tennessee and a law degree from Florida’s Stetson University.

The plan also brought on Joshua Spagnola, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Affairs Director for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). He’ll be Vice President of Legislative and Government Affairs.

“We are proud to welcome Tammy and Josh to the Sunshine Health team,” said Chris Paterson, CEO and plan president for Sunshine Health. “Their previous experience, guidance and counsel will help us continue to contribute to health care policy in our state.”

Sunshine Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corp., “a diversified, multinational health care enterprise focusing on underinsured and uninsured individuals,” according to the release.

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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