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CFO Sink Honors Decorated Military Reservist, State Representative Michael Scionti

5/1/2007

CONTACT:
Tara Klimek or Brannon Jordan
(850) 413-2842   
 
TALLAHASSEE— In admiration of his commitment to military service, Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today proposed a resolution at the Florida Cabinet meeting to honor State Representative Michael Scionti of Tampa.  Rep. Scionti is a Captain in the United States Army Reserve and has been awarded both the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star for exceptional meritorious performance of duty in ground combat operations.
Rep. Scionti served two tours of duty prior to his November election to District 58 of the Florida House of Representatives, and was recently called for a third tour two weeks into the 2007 legislative session.
 
“I am proud to honor one of our newest legislators, who continues to answer the call of duty in Army Reserve after his election to public office,” said CFO Sink.  “Rep. Scionti, like so many of our military reservists, has selflessly risked his life while defending our great nation and it is an honor to recognize him for both his military and public service today.”
 
"This is a tremendous honor and I am deeply humbled by the Governor and Cabinet's kind words of support and gratitude,” said Rep. Scionti.  “As with so many who serve their communities or their country in the armed forces, I proudly do so because I feel it is my duty and I take great pride in having the opportunity to serve both."
 
Representative Michael Scionti (D-58) – Rep. Scionti served as an Assistant Attorney General, Assistant State Attorney, and Assistant Statewide Prosecutor, distinguishing himself by successfully prosecuting drug traffickers and violent felony offenders, as well as prosecuting white-collar corruption and organized crime.  In 2000, Rep. Scionti was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Reserve.  After terrorists attacked our nation on September 11, 2001, he was called to active duty in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle with the Third Infantry Division, and was again called to active duty in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in 2003 with the Third Infantry Division.  He returned home, along with the members of the Combined Joint Task Force Seven, and received the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star for exceptional meritorious performance of duty in ground combat operations. Rep. Scionti was elected to the Florida House in 2006 and again was called to active duty two weeks after the 2007 legislative session began. 
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink  oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.