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Representative Alex Andrade

Representative Alex Andrade

B.S. ’11, J.D. ‘14

Representative Alex Andrade represents the 2nd District of Florida which includes parts of Escambia and Santa Rosa County.

Alex is a proud double Gator, graduating from the University of Florida with a bachelors in Advertising and his Juris Doctorate.

Alex was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2018 and currently serves on the Commerce Committee, Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee, Workforce Development & Tourism Subcommittee, Oversight, Transparency & Public Management Subcommittee, and Energy & Utilities Subcommittee.

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Q & A with Representative Alex Andrade

Q & A with Representative Alex Andrade

Why did you choose UF?

Bright Futures allowed me to go to college in the state of Florida, and the University of Florida is the best institution in the state.

What is your favorite UF tradition?

Singing "We are the Boys" with 90,000 of my closest friends after the 3rd quarter of Gator Football games.

How has being a UF alumnus impacted your ability to reach your goals?

My time at the University of Florida taught me everything I needed to know about being a contributing member of a team and being involved in my community.

How have the relationships you formed at UF helped you in your personal and professional journeys?

The friends I made at the University of Florida were my first supporters in my campaign, and the relationships I made on campus continue to benefit me today.

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Representative Robert C.

Representative Robert C. "Chuck" Brannan, III

B.S. '87

Representative Chuck Brannan represents the 10th District of Florida which includes Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee, and part of Alachua County.

Chuck graduated from the University of Florida in 1987 with a double major in Criminal Justice and Agriculture.

Chuck was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2018 and currently serves on the Judiciary Committee, Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee, PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee, Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, and Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee.

 

Q & A with Representative Chuck Brannan

At graduation, where did you see yourself in 10 years?

Chief Investigator for the Baker County Florida Sheriff’s Office in MacClenny which I achieved. Previously served as a Deputy U. S. Marshal in Jacksonville.

What is your favorite UF tradition?

Saturday Gator Football. I have been a season ticket holder since 1987 when I graduated and I have attended Gator football games since a child.

Why did you choose UF?

Never thought about going anywhere else.

How have the relationships you formed at UF helped you in your personal and professional journeys?

To this day, I am still close with my fellow graduates and fraternity brothers including some I serve with in the legislature now.

What advice do you have for UF students and alumni interested in pursuing a career in the field of public service?

Do it. It’s very rewarding. I made a 30 year career in law enforcement and now am embarking on a new career as a state legislator. So my life has always been in public service as my wives have also.

Did other members of your family attend UF? If yes, who and when?

My deceased wife Kimberly Loughrie Brannan with a BA in Education 1985 and Master in Education at UF 1987. She was principal of a local elementary school in Baker County Florida at the time of her death in 2007. My current wife Lorelie Papel Brannan with a double major in History and Criminal Justice at UF 2003. She went on to attend Law School at Loyola New Orleans and is a felony prosecutor in the Eighth Judicial Circuit headquartered in Gainesville. My son Robert C. “Chase” Brannan, IV with a Bachelor in Agricultural Education and Communication and a minor in Sales and Management in Agribusiness at UF 2018. Chase is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at UF in Agricultural Education and Communication. Chase is the current Florida Blue Key Secretary, served as a Student Senator, was named a J. Wayne Reitz Scholar, and was member of the Student Body President’s cabinet.

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