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Rick Scott names John Tupps communications director

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John Tupps is heading back to the Governor’s Office.

Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that Tupps would be returning to the Governor’s Office as his communications director beginning June 5. He will replace Jackie Schutz Zeckman, who has been tapped to serve as Scott’s chief of staff.

“John has demonstrated an incredible commitment to supporting our mission of making Florida the top destination for businesses, families and visitors,” said Scott in a statement. “I know John will use this experience and dedication each day to lead my communications efforts as we continue to fight for Florida jobs.”

Tupps, who worked in the governor’s press office from 2011 until 2016, currently serves as the vice president of government relations for Visit Florida. Before joining Visit Florida, he served as the deputy chief of staff at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. While in the Governor’s Office, Tupps served as a deputy press secretary, press secretary, and deputy communications director.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Tupps worked as producer for South Central Radio Group in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Scott announced earlier this month that Zeckman, the current communications director and longtime aide, will replace Kim McDougal as chief of staff beginning July 1. McDougal, a veteran state government employee, is leaving her post to pursue opportunities in the private sector, according to the Governor’s Office.

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