Gov. Rick Scott has chosen a familiar face to return to the Governor’s Office to serve as his next communications director.
Scott announced today that John Tupps will assume the duties of current Communications Director Jackie Schutz Zeckman who takes over as Scott’s chief of staff on July 1.
“John has demonstrated an incredible commitment to supporting our mission of making Florida the top destination for businesses, families and visitors,” Scott said in a statement released by his office. “He has been a part of my administration since my first year in office and over the past six years, he has worked tirelessly to serve our state. I know John will use this experience and dedication each day to lead my communications efforts as we continue to fight for Florida jobs.”
Tupps first began working in the Scott administration in 2011. He was promoted to the job of deputy communications director three years later.
A year ago, Tupps was chosen to be the deputy chief of staff for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
He most recently has served as vice president of government relations for Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing board.
His return to the Governor’s Office marks the latest move in the personnel shuffle that was set in place when Chief of Staff Kim McDougal announced last week she would leave the office to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Her announcement was quickly followed by the selection of Schutz Zeckman to be McDougal’s successor.
Tupps also served as as Scott’s deputy press secretary and press secretary during his first stint with the Governor’s Office.
He will assume the duties of communications director on June 5.
A native of Tennessee, Tupps received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee.