Jimmy Patronis has served as Florida’s chief financial officer since 2017 when then-Governor Rick Scott (R) appointed him to the position after his predecessor, Jeffrey Atwater, resigned. Two years earlier, the governor had appointed him to serve on Florida’s Public Service Commission.
As a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2006–14, Patronis represented his hometown region in the Florida panhandle. During that time, he also served as a Florida state chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the secretive pay-to-play bill mill.
As CFO, Patronis oversees Florida’s accounting and auditing functions and unclaimed property, monitors the investment of state funds, and manages the deferred compensation and risk management programs. A native Floridian, he earned an associate’s degree in restaurant management from Gulf Coast Community College and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University.
Patronis is a partner in a family-owned seafood restaurant called Captain Anderson’s and is next up for election in 2026.
- Invested $25 million in taxpayer money in Israel Bonds, a bronze-level SFOF sponsor, to “support Israel both morally and monetarily” (10/11/23)
- Sent letter to Norwegian Consulate General criticizing Norway for considering divesting from Israeli banks (3/30/23)
- Announced that Florida Treasury will divest $2 billion from BlackRock over ESG investing standards (12/1/22)
- Spoke on “ESG Initiatives” at the opening breakfast meeting of ALEC’s States and Nation Policy Summit with Consumers’ Research Executive Director Will Hild and fellow SFOF member Utah State Treasurer Marlo Oaks (11/30/22)
- Signed a letter to Morningstar asking the company to stop providing negative ratings to firms connected to Israel (8/25/22)
- Signed an SFOF letter urging President Biden to withdraw his nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin as vice chair for supervision at the Federal Reserve for her “radical banking and economic views” that would “disrupt the private banking sector, reliable energy supplies, and the U.S. economy” (1/31/21)