Adam Putnam

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Adam Putnam
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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
In office
January 4, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorCharles Bronson (R)
Base salary$128,972
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,368,904
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives (FL-12)
2001 - 2010
Florida House of Representatives
1996 - 2001
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida (1995)
Date of birthJuly 31, 1974
Place of birthBartow, Florida
Office website
Campaign website
Adam Putnam (b. July 31, 1974) is the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Putnam, a Republican, assumed office in January 2011.[1]

A February 2013 article in Governing named Putnam as one of the top state Republican officials to watch in 2013.[2] Putnam ran for re-election in 2014.[3]


A Florida native, Putnam was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives when he was 22. He served from 1996-2001 and went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001-2011.[4]


  • BA, Food and Resource Economics, University of Florida, 1995[5]

Political career

Florida Agriculture Commissioner (2011-Present)

Putnam was elected Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services on November 2, 2010 and assumed office in January 2011.


On his website, Putnam lists six main issues of his agenda:[6]

  • Foster economic prosperity
  • Exercise good government
  • Expand energy production
  • Protect Floridians' right to bear arms
  • Champion Florida's natural beauty
  • Motivate communities to be healthy and safe

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Adam Putnam endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [7]

U.S. House of Representatives (2001-2011)

Putnam served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Florida's 12th Congressional District from 2000-2011. He was elected as the Republican Policy Chairman during the 109th Congress and Chairman of the House Republican Conference for the 110th Congress. Putnam was also a member of the House Committees on Government Reform, Agriculture, Rules and Financial Services.[1]

Florida House of Representatives (1996-2001)

Putnam served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1996 to 2001.[1]



See also: Florida down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Putnam ran for re-election to Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services in the 2014 elections.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Putnam won election in the November 2, 2010 election, defeating Scott Maddox (D), Ira Chester (TEA), and Thad Hamilton (NPA).[8]

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Putnam 55.9% 2,908,086
     Democratic Scott Maddox 38.1% 1,983,277
     TEA Ira Chester 3.9% 203,598
     No Party Affiliation Thad Hamilton 2% 103,717
Total Votes 5,198,678
Election Results via Florida Department of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Putnam is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Putnam raised a total of $4,368,904 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[9]

Adam Putnam's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida Agriculture Commissioner Not up for election $0
2010 Florida Agriculture Commissioner Won $4,166,968
1998 Florida House District 63 Won $201,936
Grand Total Raised $4,368,904


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Putnam and his wife, Melissa, have four children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Bronson (R)
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Succeeded by