|3rd Chief Financial Officer of Florida|
January 4, 2011 – June 30, 2017
|Preceded by||Alex Sink|
|Succeeded by||Jimmy Patronis|
|President of the Florida Senate|
November 2008 – November 2010
|Preceded by||Ken Pruitt|
|Succeeded by||Mike Haridopolos|
|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.
|Education||University of Florida (BS, MBA)|
Jeffrey Hardee "Jeff" Atwater (born April 8, 1958) is an American financier who served as the 3rd Chief Financial Officer of Florida from 2011 to 2017, and currently serves as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Financial Officer at Florida Atlantic University. He is a member of the Republican Party.
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 Broward and Palm Beach County.
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 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 by 18 percentage points.
Though considered as a frontrunner, in April 2015, he declined to run for the United States Senate seat that incumbent Marco Rubio was expected to vacate before the 2016 elections to run for President of the United States.
In 2017 it was announced that Atwater would be resigning from his position as Chief Financial Officer of Florida to become Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Financial Officer at Florida Atlantic University  (which he also applied to be president of in 2014 ).
|Florida State House of Representatives 83rd District Republican Primary Election, 2000|
|Florida State House of Representatives 83rd District Election, 2000|
|Florida State Senate 25th District Election, 2002|
|Florida State Senate 25th District Election, 2004|
|Republican||Jeff Atwater (inc.)||150,599||98.9|
|Florida State Senate 25th District Election, 2008|
|Republican||Jeff Atwater (inc.)||127,769||62.3|
|Green||Anthony Joseph Mauro||5,032||2.5|
|Florida Chief Financial Officer Election, 2010|
|Florida Chief Financial Officer Election, 2014|
|Republican||Jeff Atwater (inc.)||3,353,897||58.9|
|Democratic||William "Will" Rankin||2,337,727||41.1|
- Marc Caputo: Florida surprise: Jeff Atwater won't run for Marco Rubio seat. In: Politico, 11 April 2015.
- Glanzer, Joshua. "Respected and Successful Florida Policymaker Will Join FAU". Florida Atlantic University. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
- "Presidential Search". Florida Atlantic University. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
- 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
|Chief Financial Officer of Florida