Commissioner Don Gaetz
Appointed by President
JUDICIARY, Eligibility; Vacancies
Last Action: 11/21/2017 Withdrawn from further consideration
EDUCATION, Civic literacy in public education
Last Action: 10/16/2017 Referred to Education
EXECUTIVE, Secretary of State
Last Action: 11/3/2017 Referred to Executive; Ethics and Elections
MISCELLANEOUS, Homestead; exemptions
Last Action: 11/30/2017 CS by General Provisions; YEAS 6 NAYS 0
GENERAL PROVISIONS, Ethics in government; JUDICIARY, Ethics in the judiciary Prohibited activities; SCHEDULE, creates new section
Last Action: 12/7/2017 On Committee agenda-- Ethics and Elections, 12/13/17, 8:00 am, 110 Senate Office Building, Tallahassee, Florida
Last Action: 11/17/2017 On Committee agenda-- Judicial, 11/28/17, 1:00 pm, 301 Senate Office Building, Tallahassee, Florida --Temporarily Postponed
MISCELLANEOUS, creates new section; SCHEDULE, creates new section
Last Action: 11/30/2017 CS by General Provisions; YEAS 5 NAYS 0
|Occupation:||Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman (retired), VITAS Healthcare Corporation|
|City:||Seaside (Walton County)|
Commissioner Don Gaetz is the co-founder and retired vice chairman of VITAS Healthcare Corporation, the nation’s largest and leading provider of hospice care. His private sector experience includes senior management of multi-hospital systems and in-home health service companies.
In 2016, Commissioner Gaetz completed 10 years as a state senator for Northwest Florida, including two years as President of the Florida Senate. Commissioner Gaetz was elected twice as Superintendent of Okaloosa Schools, the only non-educator to hold the position. He was the first Chairman of the Town Council of Seaside, Florida, where he and his wife, Victoria, reside.
Commissioner Gaetz has been awarded numerous state and national honors for his achievements in education and health care and his public leadership. He serves on the boards of several charitable causes and business corporations.
Commissioner Gaetz earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and political science and a master’s in public administration.
Commissioner Gaetz and Victoria Gaetz have two adult children: Erin, an independent digital media producer and Matt, a member of the U.S. Congress representing Florida’s 1st Congressional District.