Seth McKeel

Seth McKeel recently concluded a long and distinguished career in public service that began in 2000 with his election to the Lakeland City Commission at the age of 24.  Seth was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2006 and re-elected subsequently until the conclusion of his eight year term limit in November of 2014.  A Tampa Bay area native, Seth’s among the fifth generation in his family to call Florida home.

Early in his legislative career, Seth tackled tough issues including higher education reform as well as energy, agriculture, and natural resources policy.  A strong commitment to fiscal responsibility earned Seth the trust of House Speaker Will Weatherford.  In 2012 the Speaker tapped Seth to be the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee where he led the Florida House’s efforts to balance the $77 billion budget of the third largest state in the Union.  Under his leadership Florida maintained AAA bond rating and set aside more than $3 billion in healthy reserves.

As a former City Commissioner, Seth understands regional issues and excels at achieving local consensus.  Legislative colleagues trusted Seth to chair the Polk County Legislative Delegation, Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation for two years in a row, and larger 9-county Bay Area Legislative Delegation.

A graduate of the University of Florida (UF), Seth recently was awarded the Presidential Medallion, one of the university’s highest awards, for his contributions and service to UF and higher education in our state.  Seth is a Graduate of Leadership Florida, Leadership Lakeland, and a member of Florida Blue Key – “Florida’s oldest and most prestigious Leadership Honorary since 1923.“

Seth credits the YMCA’s Youth in Government program for sparking his interest in  public service and his respect for civic engagement.  Seth has a knack for solving problems and excels at building relationships.

Seth proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida and is a member of Leadership Florida’s West Central Florida Regional Council.

Seth and his wife Kim, who’s also a Tampa Bay native, live in Lakeland with their two children Seth, III and Caroline.