Governor-elect Ron DeSantis' transition team announced the appointment of state Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, to lead the Department of Business and Professional Regulation on Tuesday.
"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," DeSantis wrote in a statement.
Beshears, 47, owns several businesses in North Florida, including commercial property management, bicycle equipment and a wholesale agriculture company, according to the transition team's release.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is in charge of licensing and regulating various businesses and professions, such as cosmetologists, veterinarians and real estate agents.
His appointment marks the second state lawmaker to be plucked from the Legislature into the new governor's administration, following the surprising appointment of Democratic Rep. Jared Moskowitz to the Department of Emergency Management, likely requiring special elections to refill those seats.
DeSantis' lieutenant governor, Jeannette Núñez of Miami, also hails from the statehouse.