Florida State Leadership
Chairman- FL FFC
Jim is currently a consultant to state and local governments focused on developing public-private partnerships in order to enhance public service delivery. He is a former two-term member of the Florida House of Representatives from the Central Florida area. During his tenure in office, Jim received the Freshman Legislator of the Year Award from the National Republican Legislators Association. Jim also served in statewide executive leadership roles with two governors in two different states in the area of child welfare and adoption, which included leading a state agency division with 3,000 employees and a budget of $700 million, as well as establishing all-time state adoption records that received national attention. As a State Certified General Contractor, Jim was the President/Owner of his own construction company for over 16 years that, in part, served the disabled community as an approved Medicaid provider. At one time, Jim was the Director of Development for the Christian Coalition of Florida. In addition, he was the Executive Director of a regional faith-based initiative that engaged over 150 churches and involved nearly 50,000 people participating in a 40-day experience. Jim has served as a Commissioner on the Commission on Marriage and Family Support Initiatives. He also served on the boards of the Interfaith Hospitality Network, which arranges temporary housing for homeless families, and the Florida Housing Development Corporation. Jim received the National Activist of the Year Award from Citizens for a Sound Economy. Married for more than 31 years, Jim and his wife Dana have four children.
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Chairman Emeritus- FL FFC
Pat Neal was a Member of the Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, was Chair of the Appropriations Committee of the Florida Senate, and before that, the Natural Resources Committee. He has won every environment award given to Members of the Legislature. He has been Chair of the Florida Commission on Ethics, which he worked to establish in the State Constitution in 1976 with Governor Reubin Askew. More recently he has been on Governor Scott’s Transition Team and was charged with the successful reorganization of the Department of Management Services. He is on the Judicial Nominating Committee, the Board of Directors of Tax Watch and is currently Chairman of the Tax Watch Committee on Property Taxation, which is charged with forming policy for the 2012 Legislature. He is a Member of the Reserve Officers Association, a life member of the National Rifle Association, and 8 year Board member and former Chair of the Christian Coalition of Florida. He has been married 33 years to Charlene Neal. They have two sons: John Neal, President of Neal Signature Homes and Michael Neal, finance major at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College.
Any successful grassroots organization is always built from the ground up and the Faith & Freedom Coalition is no different. In order to build a great national and statewide organization, a strong foundation has to be put into place. The foundation for our national organization are the state affiliates and county chapters, making them the indispensable foundations of our group.
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