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Sink Announces Director of Legislative Affairs


CONTACT: Tara Klimek or Nina Banister
(850) 413-2842 
TALLAHASSEE—Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink Wednesday announced the appointment of Michael Carlson as her Director of Legislative Affairs, effective February 8, 2007. 
"I'm pleased to announce that Mr. Carlson has agreed to lead our Legislative Affairs team," said CFO Sink.  "His legal experience and knowledge of state government will be an asset to the Department of Financial Services and the people of Florida."
As Director of Legislative Affairs, Mr. Carlson will promote the passage of legislative issues on behalf of the Chief Financial Officer; effectively lobby the Legislature on issues pertaining to the department; and provide assistance to legislators, their staff and constituents on a number of financial and insurance-related issues.
Mr. Carlson joins the Department of Financial Services from the House of Representatives, where he was the Staff Director for the House Committee on Insurance.   Mr. Carlson has also served as Staff Director of the Economic Development, Trade and Banking Committee and as Committee Attorney for the Committees on Education and Judiciary.   He is a graduate of Florida State University's College of Law.
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.