Jim Smith

Jim Smith, a Florida political veteran of unmatched governmental experience, joins Southern Strategy Group after serving Florida and its citizens for more than 40 years.  Elected to two terms at Florida’s Attorney General, Jim was known for his zeal in fighting crime and protecting Florida’s consumers.  Jim also served as Florida’s Secretary of State, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, and the Assistant Secretary of State.

Jim has served on many task forces and boards including Co-Chairman the Florida Election Reform Task Force, Commission on the Future of Florida’s Environment, Governor’s Task Force to Promote Ethics in Government, and Governor’s Commission on the Statewide Prosecution Function.  Jim has also been involved in Florida’s education system by being a member of the Board of Regents for the State University System and serving as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Florida State University.

Jim has often been honored for his commitment to Florida.  Jim received the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Florida State University; Conservationist of the Year, Florida Audubon Society; Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Stetson University; Stetson University Distinguished Alumni Award; Friend of Education Award, Florida Teaching Profession-National Education Association; President’s Award, Florida Education Association; Furtherance of Justice Award, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association; and Meritorious Service Award, Florida Silver-Haired Legislature.  Jim was the recipient of a U.S. Department of Justice Award for Effectiveness in Drug Enforcement.

Jim received a B.S. in Public Administration and Government from Florida State University and a J.D. from Stetson University of Law.