Jeffrey Atwater

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Jeffrey Atwater
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Florida Chief Financial Officer
In office
January 4, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
PredecessorAlex Sink (D)
Base salary$128,972
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$9,975,351
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Florida State Senate
2002 - 2010
Florida House of Representatives
2000 - 2002
Vice Mayor of North Palm Beach, FL
1993 - 2000
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida (1981)
Master'sUniversity of Florida (2002)
Place of birthApril 8, 1958
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Jeffrey Atwater (b. April 8, 1958) the current Republican Chief Financial Officer of Florida. Atwater was first elected on November 2, 2010 and took office on January 4, 2011.[1]

The CFO's responsibilities generally overlap with those of a state treasurer or controller: he provides accounting, auditing, and payroll services to the state, manages the state's finances and oversees receipt and disbursement of monies. [2]

Atwater began his political career in 1993 when he became vice mayor of North Palm Beach, Florida. Until that point, he had dedicated his career to community banking.[3]

Prior to assuming the role of Florida's CFO, Atwater was a state lawmaker. He served a single term in the state house, from 2000-2002, before ascending to the state senate, representing District 25. He remained there until 2010, serving as President of the Senate for his final two years in the seat.

Since Florida term limits disqualified him from seeking re-election in 2010, Atwater ran for state Chief Financial Officer, a post that would allow him to apply the knowledge of finance and banking he gained during his 25 years working in those industries.[4] He faced three opponents in November 2, 2010 general election, including Democrat Loranne Ausley, and won with 57.3% of the vote.

Atwater's current term expires January 6, 2015. He will first come up for re-election in November 2014 and he has announced plans to run for a second term.[5]


Atwater was Vice Mayor of the Village of North Palm Beach. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002.

From 1994-1996, he was Chair/President/CEO of the Barnett Bank of Treasure Coast. He then worked as Chair/President/CEO of the Barnett Bank of Broward County from 1996 to 1998.[6]

Atwater holds a bachelor's degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Florida.


  • BA in Finance - University of Florida (1981)
  • MBA - University of Florida (2002)

Political career

Florida Chief Financial Officer (2011-Present)

Atwater began his first term as Florida Chief Financial Officer on January 4, 2011. His term ends January 6, 2015.

Florida State Senate (2002-2010)

Atwater served in the Florida State Senate from 2002-2010. He was President of the Senate from 2009-2010.[7]

Florida House of Representatives (2000-2002)



See also: Florida down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Atwater ran for re-election to Florida Chief Financial Officer in the 2014 elections.[5] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Atwater won election to the office of Chief Financial Officer in 2010. The filing deadline was June 18, 2010, and the primary election date was August 24, 2010.[8]

Florida Chief Financial Officer, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Atwater 57.3% 2,967,052
     Democratic Loranne Ausley 38.9% 2,015,579
     No Party Affiliation Tom Stearns 2.1% 109,192
     No Party Affiliation Ken Mazzie 1.6% 83,959
Total Votes 5,175,782
Election Results via Florida Department of State


On November 4, 2008, Jeffrey Atwater won re-election to the 25th District Seat in the Florida State Senate, defeating Linda Bird (D) and Anthony Joseph Mauro (Green). Atwater raised $2,827,505 for his campaign, while Bird raised $129,198 and Mauro raised 2,540.[9]

Florida State Senate, District 25, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeffrey Atwater Incumbent 62.3% 127,769
     Democratic Linda Bird 35.2% 72,251
     Green Anthony Joseph Mauro 2.5% 5,032
Total Votes 205,052

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Atwater is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Atwater raised a total of $9,975,351 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[10]

Jeffrey Atwater's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida Chief Financial Officer Not up for election $313,851
2010 Florida Chief Financial Officer Won $5,079,097
2008 Flordia State Senate District 25 Won $2,826,505
2006 Flordia State Senate District 25 Not up for election $14,460
2004 Flordia State Senate District 25 Won $506,802
2002 Flordia State Senate District 25 Won $893,513
2000 Flordia State House District 83 Won $341,123
Grand Total Raised $9,975,351

2008 and 2010

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Atwater and his wife, Carol Funkhouser, have four children.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alex Sink (D)
Florida Chief Financial Officer
2011 – Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Florida Senate, District 25
Succeeded by
Ellyn Bogdanoff