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Michael Van Sickler - Senior editor/politics

Senior editor/politics

I've got a great gig. I oversee the Tampa Bay Times' coverage of Tallahassee and Washington with a team of dedicated and talented reporters. They work day and night, on weekends, to help translate not just politics, but the way policies get implemented and shape the worlds of our readers. They bring data and investigative skills that can better explain how campaigns are won, and how government programs work...or don't work. I was born in Cleveland, OH., but Florida has been my home for more than a quarter of a century. I've had stops in Gainesville, where I attended the University of Florida, to Lakeland, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Tallahassee and now St. Petersburg. It's been a great ride so far, and in this state, we never know what's coming next.

  1. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.
  2. Feb. 5• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., goes back to her office after speaking on the floor of the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.
  3. The view from the podium where Joe Biden will speak after being sworn-in during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.
  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, watches as Ramon Docobo, Asst. Director of the Pharmacy at Tampa General Hospital, removes the COVID-19 vaccine from boxes Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  5. Alexander McGreevy, 44, of St. Petersburg, celebrates with Biden Supports at the intersection of Tyrone Blvd N and Park St N Saturday, November 7, 2020.
  6. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Barbara Lagoa, who is the first Hispanic nominated by President Donald Trump to be confirmed for a U.S. Court of Appeals vacancy out of 48 judges.
  7. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters in October at The Villages retirement community.
  8. President Donald Trump, shown greeting Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey at a campaign rally in Fort Myers on Oct. 31, in 2018.
  9. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a protocolary meeting of the Permanent Council at the Organization of the American States, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Michael A. McCoy)
  10. Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, laughs in 2019 with U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz, left. Both were popular subjects with Buzz readers.
  11. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  12. Charlie Crist, seen here in 2008 when he was Florida governor, throws out the first pitch for game at Tropicana Field.
  13. Rep. Kathy Castor speaks with members of the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
  14. Florida Supreme Court Justices Barbara Lagoa, left, and Robert Luck, right, were appointed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta by President Trump.
  15. Rick Scott's Navy cap.
  16. Marion Hammer, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. [News Service of Florida]
  17. A shopper walks past a few cases of water that remain on the shelves at Walmart on 34th St S and 38th Ave S ahead of Hurricane Dorian in St. Petersburg.
  18. A dump truck emerges from behind a pile of dirt and sand Wednesday (3/27/13) at the Lago Verde sand mine in Spring Hill where cattle feed in open pastures surrounding the site. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  19. Casey DeSantis. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
  20. Florida Senate President Bill Galvano. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  21. Residents comfort each other as they await word on whether they know any of the victims of a mass shooting on Sunday in Dayton, Ohio. [Julie Carr Smyth | AP]
  22. Edmund Kirby Smith
  23. Florida Cabinet meets in Jerusalem. Left to right: Attorney General Ashley Moody, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried. [Florida Channel]