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Governor DeSantis names next executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Dane Eagle
Posted at 1:06 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 13:06:45-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis announced he had appointed State Representative and House Majority Leader Dane Eagle to become the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's next executive director.

The news comes after Director Ken Lawson resigned from his position. And after numerous problems reported with the unemployment benefits and website during the pandemic.
"Leader Eagle is an experienced legislator, a family man, and the right choice to lead DEO," said Governor DeSantis.

Dane Eagle was born and raised in Southwest Florida. Eagle graduated with honors from Bishop Verot High School, where he served as Class President and played football. He attended Florida Gulf Coast University before graduating from the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Economics.

Eagle currently serves as the House Majority Leader, where he is responsible for leading the Republican Caucus in the Florida House.

"I am humbled and excited to serve Governor DeSantis and the people of Florida in this role," said Leader Eagle.

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Dane and his wife Brooke live in Cape Coral with their newborn son, Ronin, and their 3-year-old golden retriever, Hampton. In their spare time, they enjoy time on the water, traveling, and appreciating the Sunshine State's treasures.