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John Tupps is Gov. Rick Scott's new communications director

John Tupps (upper left) is Gov. Rick Scott's new director of communications.

Scott Keeler - Times

John Tupps (upper left) is Gov. Rick Scott's new director of communications.

Gov. Rick Scott has named John Tupps as his new communications director, replacing Jackie Schutz Zeckman, who was promoted to chief of staff. The appointment takes effect June 5.

Tupps, 33, is currently vice president of government relations at VISIT Florida and is a former deputy chief of staff at the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. His new job is a homecoming of sorts as he previously worked in Scott's press office from 2011 to 2016 in various roles, including deputy communications director.

Tupps is a former radio producer for the South Central Radio Group in Knoxville, Tenn., and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

"John has demonstrated an incredible commitment to supporting our mission of making Florida the top destination for businesses, families and visitors," Scott said in a statement.

Scott's past two communications chiefs, Schutz Zeckman and Melissa Stone, both became chiefs of staff to the governor, so the job is a proven launching pad to bigger things.

 

 

[Last modified: Thursday, May 25, 2017 5:40pm]

    

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