2019 Keynote Speaker 

Rep. Ray Rodrigues

Florida House of Representatives, 76th District

Ray Rodrigues is the State Representative for House District 76 in the Florida House of Representatives.  He was elected in 2012 and during his time in the House has served as the Vice Chair of the Ways and Means Committee in 2015 and 2016, was appointed Majority Leader by Speaker Corcoran for the 2017 and 2018 Sessions and under Speaker Oliva serves as the Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee.

 

In his professional career, Ray Rodrigues has worked the last 13 years for Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) where he currently serves as the Director of Community Relations.  Prior to that, Ray spent his first 12 years at FGCU working as the Budget Manager for the College of Arts and Sciences.

 

Mr. Rodrigues previously worked a decade for a corporate component of General Electric where he managed their U.S. Import Compliance program. 

 

Prior to his service in the Florida House of Representatives, Ray served on the Lee County Housing Authority, held elected office on the Stoney Brook Community Development District, and served as the Vice-Chair of the Lee County Republican Executive Committee.

 

Mr. Rodrigues earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Berry College in Rome, Georgia and in 2017 earned his Master in Public Administration degree (MPA) from Florida Gulf Coast University.  Ray and his wife Ruth have been married for 26 years and have a 16 year old son, Rhett.  The family resides in Estero, Florida.