|Chief Financial Officer, State of Florida|
Alex Sink is a native of Mount Airy, North Carolina. She studied mathematics at Wake Forest and made an extensive career in business before moving into public life.
She was working as the president for operations in Florida for Bank of America when Governor Chiles tapped her for the Commission on Government Accountability; she would also serve on Commission on Education.
Her background includes roles such as:
- former vice-chair, Florida TaxWatch
- Florida Chapter of the Nature Conservancy
- Beth El Farm Workers Ministry
- Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Hillsborough County
- Wake Forest, B.S. mathematics
Florida Chief Financial Officer (2007-2011)
Sink was elected Chief Financial Officer for the state of Florida in November 2006, becoming the first Democrat to win a cabinet level post. She was sworn in on January 2, 2007 and served until January 4, 2011, shortly after narrowly losing her bid for Governor of Florida to Rick Scott in the 2010 election.
When Sink first won election as Florida's CFO in November of 2006, she was already being named as a possible Senate and gubernatorial contender. With regard to the governor race, Sink initially said she would reassess the political landscape after the first of the year. She at first decided to pursue re-election; however, Charlie Crist's retirement and the subsequent open seat for governor persuaded her to change her plans.
Sink defeated Brian Moore in the August 24 primary, winning with 76.90% of the vote.
|Florida Gubernatorial/Lt. Gubernatorial General Election, 2010|
|Republican||Rick Scott/Jennifer Carroll||48.9%||2,619,335|
|Democratic||Alex Sink/Rod Smith||47.7%||2,557,785|
|Independent||Peter L. Allen/John E. Zanni||2.3%||123,831|
|No Party Affiliation||C.C. Reed/Larry Waldo, Sr.||0.4%||18,842|
|No Party Affiliation||Michael E. Arth/Al Krulick||0.3%||18,644|
|No Party Affiliation||Daniel Imperato/Karl Behm||0.3%||13,690|
|No Party Affiliation||Farid Khavari/Darcy C. Richardson||0.1%||7,487|
|Write-in||Josue Larouse/Valencia St. Louis||0%||121|
|Election Results Via: Florida Department of State|
Sink and her late husband, Bill McBride, have one son, Bert, and a daughter, Lexi. Bill was an attorney and himself ran unsuccessfully for Florida's Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2002.
- Alex Sink for Governor campaign website
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Alex Sink on Facebook
- Alex Sink on Twitter
- Alex Sink on YouTube
- Alex Sink on Flickr
- ↑ Project Vote Smart biography
- ↑ Florida Division of Elections, "Governor and Lieutenant Governor: General Election", accessed November 8, 2010, November 29, 2010, and December 21, 2010
- ↑ Tampa Bay Times, "Bill McBride, 67, former candidate for governor and husband of Alex Sink, dies of heart attack," December 24, 2012