Former Senate president Ken Pruitt now juggles property appraiser, lobbying jobsby George Bennett | November 21st, 2011
In addition to holding down a $128,557-a-year job as St. Lucie County property appraiser, the Port St. Lucie Republican remains a registered Tallahassee lobbyist with Weiss, Handler, Angelos & Cornwell P.A. who is listed as representing seven clients before his former colleagues in the state legislature.
Pruitt made $355,000 as a full-time lobbyist in 2010, but told The Palm Beach Post‘s Politics column (second item) that he has scaled back his lobbying work since winning election to the appraiser’s job last November.
“I am honored to have been elected to serve as the Property Appraiser for St. Lucie County,” Pruitt said in an e-mail last week. “Just as when I was a constitutionally elected official in the legislature, I also worked as a consultant: the only difference now is that I am a constitutionally elected official in the County, my duties are full time and my consulting work is now part time. I am very proud of the excellent work that our team has done on behalf of our taxpayers and I will continue to work hard to maintain their confidence everyday.”
Although Pruitt’s lobbying work is now part-time, law firm partner Henry Handler said, “Our clients are very pleased with the amount of time, energy and depth of knowledge that Ken delivers to their assignments.”