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Meet McKinley Lewis — One of the 30-under-30 rising stars of Florida Politics

LewisMcKinley Lewis is in the rare position of being the head communicator for an entire state agency — the Department of Corrections.

Just a few years ago, he was working as an intern for the Tallahassee-based public relations firm Core Message.

Here’s Lewis in his own words.

I am (age) … 24.

I live in … Tallahassee.

I got into politics because … I love the process. Working for the people of Florida has been a truly rewarding experience and the dynamic nature of government makes it fun.

One principle I always put above politics is … honesty. Life is made much more difficult by a lack of trust.

Person or people who gave me my first shot … There are quite a few people who have helped me along the way. The Core Message team I worked with in 2013 taught me to love this work and gave me a few important lessons that I’ll never forget.

I’ve already worked for/on (campaign, issues, etc.) … more than I ever imagined I would at this point. Everything from the public health to criminal justice reform.

When I begin a project or first work on a campaign, I look for … the big picture. Taking a step back from something and realizing the larger impact can greatly advance your understanding of the issues.

I’ve been blessed to have these people as my mentors … my parents. They provide the guidance, support and encouragement to keep me going and a reality check when I need it.

The people I most admire in politics are … those who stand up for what they believe in, even when it’s not the most popular thing to do.

One lesson I’ve already learned is … everything is quotable. Speak with purpose or don’t speak at all.

If I wasn’t working in politics, I’d be … probably in the private sector and hopefully doing something creative and meaningful.

In 10 years, you’ll read about me … building my own firm … maybe running for office. Anything is possible!

Written By

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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