Nick Matthews: INFLUENCE Magazine Spotlight

Nick Matthews: INFLUENCE Magazine Spotlight

Photo of Becker Government Law and Lobbying Senior Government Relations Consultant Nicholas Matthew.

Significant other? Children? Grandkids? My amazing wife, Barbara

In 25 words or less, explain what you do. I help businesses and other organizations navigate government. Government is too complex for someone to be an expert in their business or industry AND government.

Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion. I am a big believer in compromise. Nobody gets everything they want every time. For me, it is rarely the issue and more about how issues are handled, how things move forward, and how progress is achieved. I think the purity test approach is a major threat to good government.

If you have one, what is your motto? If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right.

During your career, have you had a favorite pro bono client? Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation

Three favorite charities? Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Broward Public Library Foundation, Children’s Healing Institute

Any last-day-of-Session traditions? Look for the people with red Solo cups…

What are you most looking forward to during the 2021 Legislative session? Perhaps, a good excuse to travel north a little less!

If you could have another lobbyist’s client list, it would be… Not a lobbyist but give me Drew Rosenhaus’ clients. Mega sports agent is the one gig better than this!

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud? Lobbying for the first ever state appropriation of the Parent Aide Child Abuse Prevention Program

Lobbyists are often accused of wearing Gucci loafers; do you own a pair of Gucci loafers? If not, why not? No Gucci here…yet.

Who is your favorite Florida Capitol Press Corps reporter? Gary Fineout

Other than Florida Politics.com, your reading list includes… I like the feeling of knowing that my day can only get better, so I will often check in with TomahawkNation.com. The day can only get better when you start with the depressing reality of the state of Florida State University football.

What swear word do you use most often? Bulls—

What is your most treasured possession? It has to be my new house. Barbara and I bought our first home right before the pandemic. Timing is everything!

The best hotel in Florida is… Hotel Colonnade in Coral Gables

You’ve just learned that you will be hosting a morning talk show about Florida politics. Who are the first four guests you’d invite to appear? Senate President Wilton Simpson, House Speaker Chris Sprowls, Kathy Mears and Mat Bahl, and they have to tell me what the heck is going to happen this Session.

Favorite movie? “Saving Private Ryan”

When you pig out, what do you eat? Pizza from Heritage in Fort Lauderdale

If you could have dinner with a historical figure no longer living, who would it be? Teddy Roosevelt

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