Florida Rep. Joe Gibbons, D-Pembroke Park, was elected today as Democratic Leader pro tempore by members of the Florida House Democratic Caucus. He is also a public affairs advisor for a lobbying firm.

According to legal and lobbying firm Akerman Senterfitt,

[Gibbons] has decades of experience in numerous facets of business management, including union contract negotiation, operations, accounting and finance, personnel management, product marketing and merchandising, sales, sales management, business development, and manufacturing operations. His current client focus includes working with local governments on infrastructure, water and wastewater projects, and public- private partnerships to finance infrastructure projects.

According to OpenSecrets.org, Akerman Sentefitt’s total lobbying income for 2010 was over $2.5 million. Rep. Gibbons is not listed as one of Akerman’s lobbyists on OpenSecrets.

Gibbons was first elected to the Florida House in 2006; on his official website, he lists his profession as “businessman” and himself as president of Gibbons Consulting Group Inc., based in Hallandale.

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