Executive Vice President of Government & Political Relations
David Hart serves as executive vice president of Florida’s largest and most influential business advocacy organization. Hart manages the Chamber’s extensive legislative and political operations.
David was born in Tampa and raised in Winter Haven, Florida. He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. He spent five years in Washington, D.C. serving first as a Legislative Officer at the United States Department of Transportation and later as the Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs at the United States Peace Corps.
In 1993, David returned to Florida and earned a Master’s Degree in International Affairs at Florida State University. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as the Director of Governmental and Public Affairs with Summit Consulting, Inc. in Polk County. From 1996 to 1997 David served in the legislative office of then-Commissioner of Education, Frank Brogan. He left that post to become the Political Director for Jeb Bush’s successful 1998 campaign for Governor. David served on Governor Bush’s Transition Team and as the Director of Legislative Affairs at the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
After spending six years as the Vice President of Government Relations at WCI Communities, David accepted the role of Vice President of Legislative and Governmental Affairs for the Florida Home Builders Association in 2007. As of July 1, 2010, David has joined the Florida Chamber of Commerce in the newly created position of Executive Vice President to manage the Chamber’s extensive legislative and political operations.
David has served on the Board of Directors for Florida Tax Watch, the Bonita Springs Affordable Housing Development Corporation, the Southwest Florida Transportation Initiative and the Edison-Ford Winter Estates Foundation. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Collier Economic Development Council and Finance Chairman for the Lee County Republican Party.
He is a graduate of Leadership Florida and is also a gubernatorial appointee on the Board of Directors for the Florida Fellows program. David and his wife, Jill, have two children, Savannah and Hayden.