Governor-elect Ron DeSantis selected a second Democrat to serve in his administration Monday, when his transition team announced he's recommending Jim Zingale to lead the Department of Revenue.
The cabinet oversees that agency, so DeSantis' announcement was technically a recommendation to that body, which includes the new governor plus Attorney General-elect Ashley Moody, Commissioner of Agriculture-elect Nikki Fried and Jimmy Patronis, who was re-elected as chief financial officer.
Zingale, 72, is a longtime public official who previously served in multiple executive roles in the Department of Revenue, including under Florida's last Democratic governor, Lawton Chiles. He's also served in several staff roles in both chambers of the Florida Legislature, such as staff director of the appropriations committee, according to the transition.
The announcement said this pick is in keeping with the new administration's "promise of bipartisanship." The first Democrat to be selected was state Rep. Jared Moskowitz, who was tapped to lead the Division of Emergency Management earlier this month.