Jeff Atwater

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Jeff Atwater
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3rd Chief Financial Officer of Florida
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 4, 2011
Preceded by Alex Sink
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 25th district
In office
November 2002 – November 2010
Preceded by Burt Saunders
Succeeded by Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 83rd district
In office
November 2000 – November 2002
Preceded by Sharon J. Merchant
Succeeded by Carl J. Domino
Personal details
Born (1958-04-08) April 8, 1958 (age 56)
St. Louis, Missouri
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carol Funkhouser
Alma mater University of Florida (B.A.) (M.B.A.)
Profession Banker
Religion Roman Catholic

Jeffrey "Jeff" Atwater (born April 8, 1958) is currently the Republican Chief Financial Officer of Florida.

Atwater moved to Florida at the age of 4 and grew up in North Palm Beach, Florida, where his father, a veteran World War II pilot and FBI agent, served as police chief. He went on to gain substantial experience in banking, and was elected to the North Palm Beach Village Council in 1993. Later, he served as chairman, president, and CEO of the Barnett Bank of Broward County and the Treasure Coast, and later as market president of Riverside National Bank for Palm Beach and Broward counties.

In 2000, Atwater ran for the Florida House of Representatives from the 83rd District, defeating Democratic nominee Pam Dunston and independent Michael I. Danchuk. After just two years in the House, he ran for the Florida Senate from the 25th District, which included Palm Beach and Broward counties. Unopposed in the primary election, Atwater faced off against long-serving Democratic Attorney General of Florida Bob Butterworth in the general election, and, aided by then-Governor Jeb Bush's strong performance that year, defeated Butterworth by a solid margin. He was re-elected in 2004 with no opposition, and again in 2008, when he defeated Democrat Linda Bird, a realtor. From 2008 to 2010, he was the president of the Florida Senate.

Following the decision by then-Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink to run for governor rather than seek re-election, Atwater jumped into the race to succeed Sink. In the general election, Atwater faced off against former State Representative Loranne Ausley, whom he defeated in a landslide.

Although Atwater and his supporters assert that his banking background provides him with a unique insight into legislative issues pertaining to banking, insurance, finance and fiscal responsibility, the bank that he was heavily involved in, Riverside National Bank, was taken over by the FDIC and declared a "failed bank."[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alex Sink
Chief Financial Officer of Florida
2011–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent