|3rd Chief Financial Officer of Florida|
January 4, 2011
|Preceded by||Alex Sink|
|Member of the Florida Senate
from the 25th district
November 2002 – November 2010
|Preceded by||Burt Saunders|
|Succeeded by||Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff|
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 83rd district
November 2000 – November 2002
|Preceded by||Sharon Merchant|
|Succeeded by||Carl Domino|
|Born||Jeffrey Hardee Atwater
April 8, 1958
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Florida|
|Religion||Roman Catholicism|
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, 57.3 to 38.9.
- Profile: Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey H. Atwater, myfloridacfo.com; accessed February 15, 2015.
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Jeffrey H. Atwater profile, votesmart.org; accessed February 15, 2015.
- Follow the Money - Jeffrey H. Atwater
- Marc Caputo: Florida surprise: Jeff Atwater won't run for Marco Rubio seat. In: Politico, 11 April 2015.
|Chief Financial Officer of Florida