Personnel note: Elizabeth Boyd named state’s Deputy CFO
New Deputy CFO Elizabeth Boyd


Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis on Monday announced that the Department of Financial Services’ long-time legislative affairs director, Elizabeth Boyd, has been promoted to Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

In this new role, Elizabeth will oversee the Department’s legislative affairs, research and planning, cabinet and communications offices, as well as the Division of Consumer Services and the Division of Unclaimed Property, according to a press release. 

“For six years, Elizabeth has advanced the Department’s legislative priorities and secured great success on initiatives important to enhancing the lives of all Floridians,” Patronis said in a statement. “Her expansive knowledge on insurance, finance and regulatory matters, as well as a broad understanding of the legislative process, makes her well-suited to lead our Department in this capacity.”

Here’s the rest of the release:

Boyd joined the Department of Financial Services in September 2011 as Deputy Legislative Affairs Director. As deputy director, she aided in the development of the Department’s legislative agenda and advocated for the Department’s initiatives in front of the Florida Legislature and other stakeholders.

In this capacity, she assisted in the successful passing of legislation that included the creation of a homeowner claims bill of rights and the implementation of sweeping transparency reforms to Florida’s state contracting laws.

Her legislative accomplishments led to her promotion to Legislative Affairs Director in December 2014, where she’s since served as the Chief Financial Officer’s principal legislative advisor and lead lobbyist.

As director, Boyd has been instrumental in securing several legislative victories, including a ban on a medical billing practice known as “balance billing” in which health care providers bill patients for out-of-pockets costs not covered by health insurance and securing the end of a pervasive insurance business practice that derailed the proper payment of life insurance policies to beneficiaries.

Prior to joining the Department, Elizabeth held legislative roles with the Department of Management Services, within the Executive Office of Gov. Jeb Bush, and for the Florida Lottery. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida State University.

The Department’s current Deputy Legislative Affairs Director, BG Murphy, has been promoted to Legislative Affairs Director.

Murphy joined the Department in February 2015, following his service as legislative assistant to Rep. Halsey Beshears, a Monticello Republican. In 2014, Murphy led the successful campaign of Rep. Brad Drake, a Eucheeanna Republican.

Murphy has also worked in management and corporate relations in the private sector. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University.

Both promotions became effective Monday, October 16.

To learn more about the Department of Financial Services, visit

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