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August 17, 2020: Florida Governor Ron Desantis has named State Representative Jamie Grant as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO). Grant, who will be the state’s first full-time CIO since the departure of Eric Larson in January of 2019, will be in charge of heading IT operations for Florida’s new Digital Service. As a legislator, Grant played a lead role in Florida’s most recent IT reorganization. Until recently, the state’s chief IT agency was the Division of State Technologies (DST) within the Department of Management Services (DMS). In January, however, Grant introduced and sponsored HB 1391, which abolished the DST and replaced it with two new, separate offices within DMS: the Florida Digital Service (FDS) and the DMS Division of Telecommunications. Initially elected to the legislature in 2010, Grant served through 2014, and was then re-elected in a special election in 2015. Grant has a BA from Auburn University and a JD from the Stetson College of Law.