Jeff Kottkamp

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Jeff Kottkamp
Official Portraint of Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp.jpg
17th Lieutenant Governor of Florida
In office
January 2, 2007 – January 4, 2011
Governor Charlie Crist
Preceded by Toni Jennings
Succeeded by Jennifer Carroll
Member of the
Florida House of Representatives
In office
2000–2006
Personal details
Born (1960-11-12) November 12, 1960 (age 53)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cyndie Kottkamp
Profession Lawyer
Religion Christian[1]

Jeffrey "Jeff" Kottkamp (born November 12, 1960) is an American politician from Florida, and served as the state's 17th Lieutenant Governor, from 2007 to 2011.

Kottkamp, a Republican, served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2006. In September 2006 he was selected as the running mate for Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Crist. Crist and Kottkamp were elected in November 2006 and Kottkamp was subsequently sworn in as the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Florida on January 2, 2007. As Lt. Governor he served as Chairman of the Board of Space Florida, 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, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, as well as the Governor's Film and Entertainment Office.[2]

Office of Drug Control[edit]

During his term in office Kottkamp pushed for the passage of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and other legislation designed to reduce the illegal sale of prescription drugs in Florida.[3] In 2010 Kottkamp announced a Statewide Prescription Drug Task Force to combat Florida's increasing problem with prescription drug abuse. The Task Force was an unprecedented partnership between state and local health officials and law enforcement working together to fight the illegal diversion of prescription drugs.

Space Florida[edit]

Kottkamp was appointed as Chairman of the Space Florida Board of Directors in 2007. Space Florida is a public-private partnership created by the Florida Legislature in 2006 to strengthen Florida's position as the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. While he was Chairman, Florida broke ground on a facility for Space Exploration Technologies (Space X) at Launch Complex 40 located at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.[4] The facility opened a new era of commercial space operations in Florida.

When President Barack Obama released his proposed budget for 2011 which proposed ending NASA's Constellation Program, Kottkamp became one of the leading voices in opposition to the proposal. In March 2010 Kottkamp challenged the President to a debate on the future of the space program.[5]

Children and Youth Cabinet[edit]

Kottkamp served as Chairman of Florida's Children and Youth Cabinet and also oversaw the Office of Adoption. While he was Chairman the Cabinet launched the first data sharing initiative of its kind in the country designed to provide comprehensive services to children in are more timely and cost-effective way.[6] In 2011, the Cabinet was awarded the "Ready by 21 Policy Leadership Award" from the Forum for Youth Investment for, among other things, creating a comprehensive point-of-service data system to better serve children and youth.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Kottkamp was born in Martinsville, Indiana in 1960. He moved to Florida in 1977 and graduated from North Fort Myers High School in 1979. He is the first person from his family to attend college. In 1982, he received his Associate of Arts degree from Edison Community College in Fort Myers. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University, majoring in Political Science in 1984. While at Florida State he was active in Student Government and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society. In 2007, the Florida State University Alumni Association named Kottkamp to the prestigious "Circle of Gold". In 1987 he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law. Kottkamp is an honorary member of "Florida Blue Key".[2]

Kottkamp is married to Cyndie, who is a fourth generation Floridian born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida. They have one son, Jeffrey Jackson Kottkamp.[8]

Legislative career[edit]

Kottkamp was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000 and was subsequently re-elected in 2002 and 2004.[9] While serving in the Legislature Kottkamp served as Chairman of the Judiciary Appropriations Committee (2006), Chairman of Government Operations Committee (2005), Chairman of Judiciary Committee (2002–2004), Vice-Chairman of the Rules and Calendar Council (2004–2006) and Vice-Chairman of Judiciary (2000–2002). He also served as Deputy Majority Whip.[8]

Anti-tax stance[edit]

As a member of the Florida Legislature Kottkamp had a reputation for fighting to lower taxes.[10] He sponsored legislation to repeal the Intangibles Tax.[11] In 2000 a group of freshman members of the Florida House of Representatives, including Kottkamp, formed the "Freedom Caucus". Members of the caucus included Representatives Connie Mack, Jeff Kottkamp, Bruce Kyle, Jim Kallinger, Don Brown, Mike Haridopolos, Dennis Baxley, and Carey Baker. Caucus members opposed any efforts to raise taxes.[12] Kottkamp later became Co-Chair of the Taxpayer Protection Caucus.[13] He served as Co-Chair of the Caucus from 2002 to 2006.[14]

Acting Governor[edit]

On June 18, 2008 Kottkamp became Acting Governor of the State of Florida while Governor Charlie Crist was under anesthesia for knee surgery. Crist filed a Proclamation with the Secretary of State transferring power to Kottkamp pursuant to Article IV Section 3(b) of the Florida Constitution.[15]

Attorney General of Florida election-2010[edit]

In 2010 Kottkamp placed second in a three-way race for the Republican nomination for Attorney General.

Legal career[edit]

Kottkamp is Founder and President of Jeff Kottkamp, P.A.

Prior to forming his own firm Lt. Governor Kottkamp was a member of the law firm of Messer, Caparello and Self.[16] Kottkamp is an AV rated attorney licensed to practice in State and Federal Courts in Florida, as well as the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.[17]

Kottkamp began his legal career at the Kimbrell & Hamann firm which was one of the largest and oldest firms in Miami at the time. Kottkamp primarily practiced in the Products Liability and Commercial Litigation area.[18] Kottkamp then served as a Law Clerk to United States District Court Judge Joe Eaton. He later served as a Law Clerk to United States District Court Judge Sidney Aronovitz.[19]

After completing his second federal judicial clerkship, Kottkamp returned to Southwest Florida where he joined the Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt firm. Henderson Franklin was first established in 1924 and is the largest law firm between Tampa and Miami. Kottkamp became a Partner at the firm in 1998 concentrating his practice in the Tort and Insurance Practice Section. In 2003 he took over the firm's Appellate Practice Section.[20]

Throughout his legal career Kottkamp was an active member of the bar. He served as Chairman of the Florida Bar Journal Editorial Board in 2000 as well as President-Elect of the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents. In 1998 he served as President of the Lee County Bar Association and was Vice-President of the Southwest Florida Federal Bar Association in 1996. He was also a member of the Calusa Inns of Court.[21]

Florida DeMolay[edit]

In 2010, Kottkamp was named to the Florida DeMolay Hall of Fame.[22] He is the 25th person named to the Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1994. Prior inductees include Governor Reubin Askew, Sen. Pat Thomas and Sen. Dennis Jones.

Electoral history[edit]

Florida House of Representatives, 74th District (2000) (Republican Primary) Jeff Kottkamp-7,158 (44.1%) Marilyn Stout-6,129 (37.8%) Steve Personette-2,927 (18.1)

Florida House of Representatives, 74th District (2000) (Republican Runoff) Jeff Kottkamp-7,748 (52.1) Marilyn Stout-7,128 (47.9)

Florida House of Representatives, 74th District (2000) (General Election) Jeff Kottkamp (R)-49,936 (99.9%) Bill Bracken-(WRI)-25 (0.1%)

Florida House of Representatives, 74th District (2002) (Republican Primary)

Jeff Kottkamp-9,046 (55.9%) Arnold Gibss-6,563 (40.5%) Chris Mancare-587 (3.6)

Florida House of Representatives, 74th District (2002) (General Election) Jeff Kottkamp (R)-36,876 (68.6%) Linda Parnell (D)-15,016 (27.9%) Tom Clark (LIB)-1,852 (3.4%)

Florida House of Representatives, 74th District (2004) Jeff Kottkamp (R)-Elected Unopposed

Florida Gubernatorial Election (2006) Charlie Crist/Jeff Kottkamp (R)-2,519,845 (52.2%) Jim Davis/Darryl Jones (D)-2,178,289 (45.1%)

Florida Attorney General Republican Primary Election (2010) Pam Bondi 459,022 (37.89%) Jeff Kottkamp 397,781 (32.84%) Holly Benson 354,573 (29.27%)

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "SpaceX Breaks Ground at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40". Digitalcommunities.com. November 2, 2007. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lt. Gov wants Obama to debate; space summit venue hunt is on – The Write Stuff – Orlando Sentinel". Blogs.orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Metatomix Partners With Florida Children and Youth Cabinet to Launch Data Sharing Initiative - Yahoo! Finance". Finance.yahoo.com. March 25, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Leaders Honored for Helping Youth be ‘Ready by 21’ | The Forum for Youth Investment". Forumfyi.org. June 8, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Florida Governor Charlie Crist | Biography". Flgov.com. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Florida House of Representatives - Jeffrey D. "Jeff" Kottkamp". Myfloridahouse.gov. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Kottkamp's record for GOP solid | The News-Press". news-press.com. October 15, 2006. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
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  12. ^ "Responsibility, Not Higher Taxes, Needed - Sun Sentinel". Articles.sun-sentinel.com. February 11, 2002. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  13. ^ http://aerostates.org/wp-content/uploads/fl-kottkamp-bio.pdf
  14. ^ "FSU News". Fsu.edu. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Governor Has Surgery In St. Petersburg To Repair Knee". TBO.com. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp joins law firm | Florida politics blog: The Buzz | tampabay.com & St. Petersburg Times". Tampabay.com. February 2, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  17. ^ ElectroNet Intermedia Consulting. "Jeff Kottkamp Profile - Messer, Caparello, & Self, P.A. Attorneys at Law". Lawfla.com. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Wide-open, three-way Republican primary for attorney general - St. Petersburg Times". Tampabay.com. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
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  21. ^ "Lawyers in the Legislature". Floridabar.org. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Florida DeMolay Hall of Fame « Florida DeMolay". Fldemolay.org. July 14, 2006. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Toni Jennings
Lieutenant Governor of Florida
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Jennifer Carroll