Gene has over 30 years of experience working for and with local and state government in Florida.
Before providing consulting services to a broad array of large corporate stakeholders for over 20 years, Gene served as Legislative Affairs Director for the Florida Department of State where he successfully secured over $50 million in state funding annually for Cultural and Historic Preservation projects. He worked to pass the most sweeping elections reform legislation in a decade, served on the State Council for Competitive Government, and passed legislation reducing the corporate filling fees by 25%. While at the Department of State, Gene was appointed Director of International Relations and led the state’s efforts in areas such as protocol, sister-city and sister state activities, and consular corps interaction. Gene was instrumental in the legislation that created Enterprise Florida and has served as an appointed Board Member of: Enterprise Florida, the Partnership on International Trade and Economic Development of Enterprise Florida, and the Florida Export Finance Corporation.
In additional to his agency work, Gene worked in the Florida Legislature as a Staff Director in the House Republican Office and was instrumental in passing legislation aimed at forcing competition in the delivery of state services including creation of the State Council on Competitive Government. He was also a leader in legislation creating the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Gene has extensive knowledge of mental health, substance abuse and child welfare policy issues, and led the Transition Team for the Department of Children and Families by Governor Charlie Crist in 2006.
Mr. McGee also served as Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts in Citrus County where he supervised activities in courts and records. While there, Mr. McGee oversaw a massive technology modernization campaign that converted the office to open systems computer architecture and pioneered electronic public access to records in the county.
Active in politics for over 30 years, Mr. McGee served as Field Director for Florida House Campaigns in 1992 and 1994 and Director of State Senate Campaigns for the Florida Republican Party during the 2002 cycle