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Governor-elect Ron DeSantis has appointed State Representative Halsey Beshears to lead the agency that oversees most regulated industries in the state – the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The Monticello Republican will head the agency responsible for licensing industries ranging from accountants and hotels to parimutuel facilities and contractors.

DeSantis made clear in appointing Beshears that he supports efforts to deregulate some of the industries overseen by DBPR. 

“Throughout his distinguished career, Halsey has been a champion for deregulation and, under his leadership, this agency will become the focal driver that will make Florida a premier destination for entrepreneurs and companies seeking to relocate,” said Governor-elect DeSantis. “Halsey, a nationally recognized regulatory innovator, is the perfect choice to lead DBPR. I am more than confident that his leadership and expertise will bring jobs, economic growth, and continued success to our state.”

Beshears serves in the Florida House of Representatives serving the rural counties surrounding Tallahassee. He’s a small business owner and previously was chief financial officer of one of Florida’s oldest retail nurseries. 

“Halsey Beshears is a highly capable leader who has worked tirelessly to unlock more opportunities for Floridians by cutting unnecessary regulations that impede entrepreneurs and small-businesses,” said House Speaker Jose Oliva. “He is an excellent choice to lead DBPR and I know will he use that passion and expertise well at Florida’s key regulatory agency.”

Beshears appointment to lead DBPR will force his resignation from the Florida House. Gov.-elect DeSantis will schedule a special election to fill the vacancy. He’ll assume the new position upon DeSantis’ swearing-in as Governor on January 8.

David Bishop is a native Floridian, husband and father. During his 30 year career, David has been a journalist, political operative and communications consultant.