Meet Steven Angotti — One of the 30-under-30 rising stars of Florida Politics

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AngottiTampa Bay native Steven Angotti first got his taste of politics and policy in the nonprofit world, but after earning a law degree from the University of Miami, he went to work for Congresswoman Kathy Castor.

He’s now knee-deep in Tampa Bay politics.

Here’s Angotti in his own words.

I am (age)  27 years old.

I live in … The great city of Tampa, Florida.

I got into politics because … as a child, I wanted to be President of the United States. I did not know what that actually entailed, but I wanted it more than anything. This was a byproduct of growing up in a family that was socially conscious. My house was always interested in public service, even if that meant volunteering our time at the local library or nonprofit. Eventually, I became more interested in federal elections, which grew into an interest in state and local politics. One principle I always put above politics is: The health of both my family and my community are important to me. I care very deeply about both things. I make sure to be as involved as possible with around Tampa Bay while still saving time to always visit my family.

Person or people who gave me my first shot … Despite having a real interest in politics and regulation-making, I did not get my first chance at politics until I was a senior at the University of South Florida. I interned at U.S. Congresswoman Castor’s District Office through USF’s Legislative Internship Program. I am extremely thankful for that experience as it taught me how to work effectively and handle multiple projects at the same time.

I’ve already worked for/on (campaign, issues, etc.) … unlike a lot of other people involved in politics, I have only been tangentially involved with campaigns. Instead of going that route, I went to law school and became more involved in the von Hippel-Lindau Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families deal with the diagnosis of VHL, a cancerous genetic disorder caused by a mutation in a tumor suppressor gene on the 3p25.3 chromosome. Beyond that, I have interned at several law firms and participated in the University of Miami School of Law’s death penalty clinic. At a professional level, I am passionate about environment and energy law.

When I begin a project or first work on a campaign, I look for … whether those involved exhibit a degree of efficiency and flexibility. I also look for leadership skills. These characteristics, more than anything else, let me know how successful a project or campaign will be. Having good people alongside you in a project or campaign is sometimes as important as having a just and equal cause.

I’ve been blessed to have these people as my mentors … everyone at Team Castor has been supportive and helped me grow both personally and professionally. That type of environment really starts at the top. I am also glad to have my family close, and they are incredibly supportive every step I take. My phone bill may tell a more negative story, but I talk to my family every day and am glad they provide the guidance that they do.

The people I most admire in politics are … this may sound like I am pandering, but I admire my boss for her dedication to Tampa Bay and the issues that affect us as a region. Others include our president and my mayor. All of these politicians are sincere, thoughtful, and genuinely care about their communities and country, characteristics that I value more than anything else.

One lesson I’ve already learned is … no matter how quickly you have to react to a situation, it is important to also take a long, hard look at whatever is presented to you. You never know if you may have missed something in the rush.

If I wasn’t working in politics, I’d be … practicing law.

In 10 years, you’ll read about me … I am honestly not sure. I want to continue to work hard for my community in whatever capacity it will have me.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.


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