Personnel note: Darrick McGhee joining lobbying firm Johnson & Blanton

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If you’ve been involved in Florida politics for any amount of time in the past decade you know, or know of, Darrick McGhee. And starting August 1, you will know him as the newest member of Johnson & Blanton’s lobbying team.

McGhee has been the face of legislative and governmental affairs for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. He has been the chief of staff for the latter agency — and its acting executive director — as well as the director of legislative affairs for Gov. Scott.

McGhee, a licensed and ordained minister and president of Bible Based Church Board of Directors, brings magnetism and problem solving prowess to his professional endeavors.

Billed as Johnson & Blanton’s “#1 Draft Pick”, McGhee will bring his skills and extensive relationships to the firm, which is recognized among Florida’s top lobbying outfits by Florida Trend and Sunshine State News.

“We are excited to add Darrick to the dynamic, energetic, and professional team at Johnson & Blanton,” said Travis Blanton.

In 2014, the firm advocated for 49 legislative clients, and has an estimated $4 million in annual revenue.

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