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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $1,464,552,711
Term limits:  2 consecutive terms
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Florida Constitution, Article IV, Section 4
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Adam Putnam.jpg
Name:  Adam Putnam
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 4, 2011
Compensation:  $128,972
Elections
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Florida Commissioner of Agriculture And Consumer Services is a state executive position in the Florida state government. The commissioner is a cabinet-level officer who oversees the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the state agency that regulates and promotes the Florida agriculture industry. The commissioner is popularly elected to four-year terms during federal midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.).

Current officeholder

The current commissioner is Adam Putnam, a Republican, who was first elected in the November 2, 2010 general elections and officially took office on January 4, 2011. Putnam won re-election on November 4, 2014.

Before becoming commissioner, Putnam was a five-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Florida's 12th District from 2001 to 2010. During his time in the House, he served as chairman of the House Republican Conference and sat on the House Committees on Government Reform, Rules, Agriculture and Financial Services. Before his time in Congress, Putnam served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1996 to 2001. He holds a B.A. from the University of Florida in food and resource economics.[1][2]

Putnam and his wife, Melissa, have four children and reside in Putnam's hometown of Bartow, Fla. He is an Episcopalian.

Authority

The office of commissioner of agriculture is established by the Florida Constitution.

Florida Constitution, Article IV, Section 4

(a) There shall be a cabinet composed of an attorney general, a chief financial officer, and a commissioner of agriculture.

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(d) The commissioner of agriculture shall have supervision of matters pertaining to agriculture except as otherwise provided by law.

Qualifications

There are no particular qualifications required of commissioners of agriculture.

Elections

Florida state government organizational chart

The commissioner of agriculture and consumer services, per Article IV, Section 5 of the Florida Constitution, is elected to four-year terms during federal midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.). Winning candidates take office on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January in the year following their election.

2014

See also: Florida down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Agriculture Commissioner of Florida, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Putnam Incumbent 58.7% 3,342,392
     Democratic Thad Hamilton 41.3% 2,356,178
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 213
Total Votes 5,698,783
Election Results via Florida Division of Elections.

Term limits

Like all members of the state cabinet, including the governor and attorney general, the commissioner is limited to two consecutive terms. After remaining out of office for one term, a former commissioner may once again run for his old office.

Vacancies

The governor fills vacancies in the office of commissioner by appointment. If there are less than 28 months remaining in the current term, the appointee holds office for the remainder of the term. Otherwise, a new permanent officeholder is chosen in the next general election the appointee's term lasts until the first Tuesday after the first Monday following that election. Details of vacancy appointments are laid out in Article IV, Section 1 of the Florida Constitution.

Duties

The commissioner heads the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, an agglomeration of 13 divisions and five offices involved in the regulation and promotion of Florida's agriculture and consumer services industries. FDACS agencies establish rules for the state's animal, aquaculture, forestry and produce industries, license producers, provide marketing support for the state's agribusinesses and oversee emergency preparedness and law enforcement efforts covering the agriculture industry.

In addition to its agricultural duties, the department regulates various consumer services businesses, including motor vehicle repair shops, charitable organizations, dance studios, pawnshops, telemarketers and several others.

Divisions

Divisions:

  • Administration
  • Agricultural Environmental Services
  • Animal Industry
  • Aquaculture
  • Consumer Services
  • Food Safety
  • Forestry
  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Licensing
  • Marketing and Development
  • Plant Industry
  • Standards

Offices:

  • Agricultural Emergency Preparedness
  • Agricultural Law Enforcement
  • Agricultural Water Policy
  • Office of Energy
  • Office of Inspector General

State budget

See also: Florida state budget and finances

The budget for Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Office of Commissioner of Agriculture in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 was $1,464,552,711.[3]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of elected executive officials in Florida are determined by state law as mandated in the Florida Constitution. Article II, Section 5 of the state constitution states that compensation of state officers is determined by the Florida State Legislature.[4]

Text of Section 5:

Public Officers

(a) No person holding any office of emolument under any foreign government, or civil office of emolument under the United States or any other state, shall hold any office of honor or of emolument under the government of this state. No person shall hold at the same time more than one office under the government of the state and the counties and municipalities therein, except that a notary public or military officer may hold another office, and any officer may be a member of a constitution revision commission, taxation and budget reform commission, constitutional convention, or statutory body having only advisory powers.

(b) Each state and county officer, before entering upon the duties of the office, shall give bond as required by law, and shall swear or affirm:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, protect, and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States and of the State of Florida; that I am duly qualified to hold office under the Constitution of the state; and that I will well and faithfully perform the duties of (title of office) on which I am now about to enter. So help me God.”,and thereafter shall devote personal attention to the duties of the office, and continue in office until a successor qualifies.

(c) The powers, duties, compensation and method of payment of state and county officers shall be fixed by law.[5]

2014

In 2014, the commissioner received a salary of $128,972, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

2013

In 2013, the commissioner received a salary of $128,972. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[7]

2010

In 2010, the commissioner received compensation in the amount of $128,972.

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

Mailing Address:
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 488-3022

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