About Darrick

Darrick D. McGhee, Sr.

VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Mr. Darrick D. McGhee, Sr. joined Johnson & Blanton in the summer of 2014 and currently serves as our Vice President of Government Relations with over two decades of experience in state and local government. Most recently, Darrick was the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Executive Office of Governor Rick Scott. In this capacity, he was responsible for advocating and securing passage of the Governor's legislative priorities. He ensured the proper and legal administration of the Governor's legislative role throughout the legislative process and provided counsel and support to the Governor and other staff members with regard to legislative and executive issues. In this role, Darrick also oversaw the Legislative Affairs Directors for each of the executive agencies.

Before joining the Executive Office of Governor Rick Scott, Darrick served in multiple leadership roles with the Department of Economic Opportunity. While at this agency, Darrick was the interim Executive Director, Chief of Staff, and the Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs. He also served as Legislative Affairs Director for three additional state agencies: The Department of Education, The Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and The Department of Elder Affairs.

Darrick is an active registered lobbyist in the state of Florida. He received his formal education at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU). Here he earned his BA in Political Science and Religion (2000). Darrick is also the Pastor of Bible Based Church in Tallahassee, Florida where he resides with his wife, Tikia, and their two children, Darrick II and Tania.

Additionally, Darrick is the current Chair of the United Way of the Big Bend’s Board of Directors, serves on The Village Square’s Board of Directors, The Children’s Movement Board of Directors, the Young Life FAMU Advisory Council, and the 2nd Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Experience

Acting Executive Director

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

Chief of Staff

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

Director of Governmental Relations

Florida Department of Education

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

Director of Legislative Affairs

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

Director of Legislative Affairs

Florida Department of Elder Affairs

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

Q & A

When did you know you wanted a career in politics/state government?

During my two year stint working for Governor Jeb Bush, I was able to see passion and true conviction on display each day. It was contagious.