Andy Palmer has more than two decades of experience in Florida politics and government. Early in his career, Andy served as the Chief Policy Analyst for Health and Human Services in the Office of Policy and Budget under Governor Jeb Bush. He also held a variety of positions in the Florida House, including legislative analyst in the House Majority Office and Staff Director of the House Health Care Regulation Committee.
Immediately prior to joining the firm, Andy spent time working in Florida politics. He twice served as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Florida under two different Governors, and during the 2010 election cycle Andy served as Director of House Campaigns for former House Speaker Dean Cannon. He was recognized by Florida Politics as one of the “Brightest Minds in Florida Politics”.
Andy’s lobbying practice focuses on a variety of policy areas with an emphasis on tourism and hospitality, health care, transportation and general business issues.
Andy is married to Kristen Palmer and they have four children: Drew, Knox, Davis, and Ellis.
- What’s your favorite family tradition?
Family BBQs by the pool.
- If you joined the circus, what would your circus act be?
- Coke, Pepsi or other?
Coke, every time.
- What was the worst job you ever had?
I generally enjoyed my first job as a bag boy at Publix, but on those few sweltering summer days they made me wear the “Plato the Publixsaurus” I would have told you it was the worst job ever.
- Where is your favorite place you have traveled?
Anyplace in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina.
- What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Here’s the three I hope they use: Hardworking, loyal, funny.
- If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Can’t beat a good old PB&J.
- What’s your favorite sport to watch and which team do you root for?
Love them all, but as for my absolute favorite, it’s college football and cheering on the Florida Gators. Go Gators!
- What’s your favorite TV show—the one you’re always watching on repeat?
Please see previous question. The only can’t miss TV in my opinion is college football.
- What keeps you going during the hectic legislative session?
I don’t ever want to lose on an issue because someone outworked me. That competitive drive helps keep me focused in the midst of the chaos.