Monte Stevens

Monte Stevens joins Southern Strategy Group after serving more than a decade in Florida government. After serving in the Legislative Affairs office of the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Financial Services, Monte joined the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) in 2008 where he led OIR’s legislative and executive lobbying effort as Deputy Chief of Staff.

While at OIR,  Monte was instrumental in the passage of legislation relating to all sectors of the insurance industry including landmark reforms to personal injury protection and homeowner’s insurance.  Most recently, Monte oversaw the passage and implementation of the NAIC model holding company act and principle based reserving for life insurers.  Knowledgeable in all lines of insurance, Monte was frequently called upon to testify and present to legislative committees on a variety of subjects.

In addition to lobbying the Legislature, Monte also served as OIR’s representative to the Governor and Cabinet in the rule making process.  In this capacity, Monte led the effort to implement the country’s first ever regulatory initiative on collateral requirements for reinsurers.

Monte also served as Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for the Florida Medical Association where he was involved in the passage of significant medical malpractice reform.  A native of Niceville, Florida, Monte was a member of two national champion debate teams at the University of Missouri-Kansas City before graduating with a degree in political science.  Prior to returning to Florida, Monte attended graduate school, taught public speaking,  and coached the debate teams at Kansas State University and Harvard University.

Monte and his wife Jodi live in Tallahassee.