Director, Government Relations
Samantha Sexton is the Director of Government Relations, advancing UF’s interests at the state level.
Before joining UF, Samantha served as the Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the Personal Insurance Federation of Florida, a P&C insurance trade association based in Tallahassee. Her main responsibilities included advocating the association’s interests before the Florida Legislature, Florida Cabinet and executive branch agencies, developing legislative and regulatory strategies to advance the collective priorities, and represents the association in all meetings and hearings.
Samantha also served as the Director of Government Affairs for the PACE Center for Girls, Inc. During her tenure with PACE, she expanded PACE’s public sector resources at the local and state level, positioned PACE as the lead advocate for at-risk girls and supported the program’s expansion into Georgia.
Samantha has been recognized as a Bob Graham Civic Scholar, ‘30 under 30 Rising Star’ of Florida politics, 2016 Golden A.C.E. by the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals, and Rising Star in the lobbying industry by INFLUENCE Magazine. She volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend as a Board Member and Big Sister, Junior League of Tallahassee, Junior Leagues of Florida Statewide Public Affairs Committee (SPAC), and Guardian ad Litem of the 2nd Judicial Circuit.
Samantha graduated from the University of Florida with her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science and Certificates in International Relations and Political Campaigning. She remains an active member of Florida Blue Key.