Chief Financial Officer of Florida

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Chief Financial Officer of Florida
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Jimmy Patronis

since June 30, 2017
Department of Financial Services
Term length4 years, renewable once
Inaugural holderTom Gallagher

The chief financial officer of Florida is an elected statewide constitutional officer of Florida. The office was created in 2002 following the 1998 reforms of the Florida Cabinet. The CFO is a combination of the former offices of comptroller and treasurer/insurance commissioner/fire marshal. The office heads the Florida Department of Financial Services and is responsible for overseeing the state's finances, collecting revenue, paying state bills, auditing state agencies, regulating cemeteries and funerals, and handling fires and arsons. In addition, the CFO has administrative oversight over the offices which handles banking and insurance regulation. The CFO is a member of the Cabinet.


Tom Gallagher was the first state CFO and a former treasurer/insurance commissioner/fire marshal. Gallagher retired from the position in 2006 and Alex Sink (D), a Florida business executive and the wife of former Florida gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride, was elected on November 7, 2006. Alex Sink launched an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2010, and was succeeded by Jeff Atwater. Atwater resigned and then-governor Rick Scott appointed Jimmy Patronis to the post.[1] Patronis won a statewide election and retained the post in 2018.[2]

List of chief financial officers[edit]

# Name Term Party
1 Tom Gallagher 2003–2007 Republican
2 Alex Sink 2007–2011 Democratic
3 Jeff Atwater 2011–2017 Republican
4 Jimmy Patronis 2017–present Republican

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