Like many people in Florida, Jeff Kottkamp was born some where else -- in the Midwest. As a young boy in Indiana he was inspired by stories of Abraham Lincoln, who grew up only a short distance from Jeff's hometown. Jeff and his family later moved to Cape Coral in Southwest Florida in 1977.
Jeff got his first view of Florida's State Capitol when he served as a Boy's State Delegate representing North Fort Myers High School. After graduating from high school Jeff earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Edison College, where he was active in Student Government.
Jeff then attended Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Political Science. Thereafter, Jeff attended the University of Florida College of Law where he received a Juris Doctor degree in 1987.
In 2000, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives representing District 74 which includes Cape Coral, Sanibel, Captiva, Pine Island and parts of Fort Myers and Boca Grande. Jeff was re-elected by a landslide in 2002, and was re-elected without opposition in 2004.
During his three terms in the legislature Jeff earned a reputation as a principled, conservative leader who put people over politics. He fought for lower taxes, for a quality education for all children, and for tougher penalties for violent criminals.
In September of 2006 Jeff was selected the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor and was elected in November of 2006. Jeff was sworn in as Florida's 17th Lieutenant Governor in January of 2007.
As Lieutenant Governor Jeff served as Chairman of Florida's Children's Cabinet, Chairman of Space Florida, Chairman of the Florida Sports Foundation and oversees the the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles as well as the Office of Drug Control.
Jeff's wife Cyndie is a fourth generation Floridian. Jeff and Cyndie have one child, a son named Jackson.
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