Chris Hudson, state director for Americans For Prosperity-Florida, will now become AFP’s vice president of State Government Affairs. Hudson has been the group’s top Florida operative since 2014.
Skylar Zander, AFP-FL’s deputy director and chief legislative architect will become interim state director.
Hudson’s new role will be to drive national policy priorities “across the 36 states where AFP has had a permanent presence” according to a statement released Wednesday. Americans For Prosperity is the key political arm of the Koch Network; AFP-FL is its signature grassroots organization.
In Florida, Hudson played a significant part in developing a “permanent grassroots infrastructure” that included mobilizing thousands of Floridians to take action on a number of AFP issues: slowing down Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, enacting health care and education reforms (like the newly enacted Schools of Hope scholarships), as well as putting a check on government programs tagged as “corporate welfare.”
“I’ve learned a lot over my four years with the Florida Chapter,” Hudson says. “I’m looking forward to sharing those lessons with our teams across the country to help drive significant policy victories that promote the principles of a free and open society by reducing barriers, so all Americans can achieve their highest potential.”
Hudson also credits supporters, both locally and in Tallahassee, for “cementing AFP in their communities as a trusted resource to lawmakers and community groups.”
With such a foundation, Hudson says he is confident AFP-FL will reach “even greater heights.”
“I look forward to seeing firsthand our new and current leaders step up to lead the charge,” Hudson says.
Before his time at AFP-FL, Hudson spent three years leading government relations for public relations firm Strategic Advocacy and the Foundation for Government Accountability, a nonpartisan free-market think tank. In 2010, Hudson served as Central Florida field director for the House majority’s campaign effort, working with 20 legislative campaigns along the I-4 Corridor.
Hudson is based in Naples, where he lives with his wife and daughter.