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Personnel note: Ashley Ross to join Senate President’s office

ashley-rossAn expert political fundraiser is joining Joe Negron’s team as he prepares to become the new President of the Florida Senate.

Ashley Ross will become a Deputy Chief of Staff, according to spokeswoman Katie Betta

She also will be a Senior Policy Advisor to the President for commerce and tourism, military and veterans affairs, space and domestic security, community affairs and joint legislative committees.

Ross, a member of the SaintPetersblog “30 Under 30” Class of 2013, began her career in Gov. Jeb Bush‘s Legislative Affairs Office.

She later served in several legislative affairs roles in the private sector, including with The PGA Tour of America.

Ross also had senior positions at the Republican Party of Florida and the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee.

She received an undergraduate degree in marketing and an MBA from Florida State University, Betta said.

Ross will be joining Negron’s staff after the November general election. She now runs her own political fundraising and consulting firm in Tallahassee. 

Negron, a Republican state Senator from Stuart, became Senate President-designate after his rival, Jack Latvala of Clearwater, ended his bid for the presidency in November. He will instead become chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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