Former Scott admin lobbyist, Angela Peterson Dempsey, joining Dutko Poole McKinley

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Governor Rick Scott’s former Legislative Affairs Director, Angela Peterson Dempsey, has accepted a position as vice president at the Tallahassee-based government and public affairs firm, Dutko Poole McKinley. 

Dempsey, a veteran Florida public policy strategist who managed the Governor’s legislative activities for the past two years, will help the Dutko Poole McKinley office service corporate and non-profit clients seeking to strengthen their brand and stature in Tallahassee, Florida, Washington, D.C., and other state and global capitals.  Prior to running Scott’s legislative office, Dempsey served in senior capacities in the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Florida Public Service Commission, the Florida House of Representatives, and the Executive Office of Governor Jeb Bush, where she provided analysis for the Office of Policy and Budget. 

“I cannot think of a better way to start the New Year than to announce that Angela has joined the Dutko Poole McKinley team,” said McKinley.  “Her vast experience with both policy and budget matters in the legislative and executive branches of Florida government will be extremely beneficial to our clients.”

Van Poole, the managing principal of Dutko Poole McKinley, said, “On behalf of our clients, we could not be more thrilled.  Her expertise in state government will be immeasurably beneficial in helping companies and organizations achieve their business and policy goals.” 

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