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Michael Van Sickler - Politics and Government Editor

Politics and Government Editor

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. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters in October at The Villages retirement community. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  2. President Donald Trump, shown greeting Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey at a campaign rally in Fort Myers on Oct. 31, in 2018.
  3. 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) [MICHAEL A. MCCOY  |  AP]
  4. Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, laughs in 2019 with U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz, left. Both were popular subjects with Buzz readers. [WILLIE J. ALLEN JR.  |  Willie J. Allen Jr.]
  5. 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) [ALEX BRANDON  |  AP]
  6. Charlie Crist, seen here in 2008 when he was Florida governor, throws out the first pitch for game at Tropicana Field. [[BRIAN CASSELLA | St. Petersburg Times]]
  7. Rep. Kathy Castor speaks with members of the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  8. 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. [Florida Supreme Court]
  9. Rick Scott's Navy cap. [[Tampa Bay Times]]
  10. Marion Hammer, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. [News Service of Florida] [News Service of Florida]
  11. 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. [ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times]
  12. 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] [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD, DOUGLAS CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  13. Casey DeSantis. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
  14. Florida Senate President Bill Galvano. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  15. 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]
  16. Edmund Kirby Smith
  17. 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]
  18. Florida Department of Corrections Gadsden Re-Entry Center located in Havana Florida. Photo from the Florida Department of Corrections.
  19. This image shows cars backed up attempting to exit a parking garage on June 12 at Tampa International Airport. The image was sent by airport Vice President John Tiliacos to Conduent, the company that operates the SunPass system, on June 13. A SunPass problem caused the backup. The image was obtained in a records request with Tampa International Airport.
  20. 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]
  21. Democratic presidential candidates attend the first primary debate for the 2020 elections at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. AL DIAZ  | MIAMI HERALD]
  22. The Rays say they are looking at the possibility of playing half of their home games in Montreal. [Zuma Press; CHRIS ZUPPA | Special to the Times]
  23. Representative Mike Hill, from District 1, photographed in his office at the Florida State Capitol on April 2, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. Rep. Hill was elected in 2018 and represents part of Escambia County. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]