Adam Putnam, a one-time Republican prodigy in Florida, whose rapid political rise was derailed by a primary loss to governor in 2018, will lead to Ducks Unlimited, one of the largest environmental non-profit organizations in the country.
"Ducks Unlimited announces new CEO, Adam Putnam takes charge of the world leader in wetland conservation," tweeted the organization in Memphis on Wednesday.
Putnam entered the labor market after falling short in his 2018 GOP gubernatorial primary bid for now-gov. Ron DeSantis. Since Putnam had been elected since he did not go to college for a few months, DeSantis successfully labeled him as a candidate for the establishment, while bearing a prominent approval from President Trump.
Putnam, descendant of a prominent agricultural family in central Florida, won the state house election at 22. After four years in Tallahassee, he won an open house seat in 2000 and became the youngest member of the congress at the time. During his decade in Washington, Putnam rose through the GOP leadership, which served from 2007-09 as the president of the Republican House Conference.
Putnam then settled on politics in Florida and won the position of agricultural commissioner in 2010. The state-wide role was generally seen as a launching platform for governmental bidding, and for much of Putnam & # 39; s tenure he was considered a natural successor to the limited term GOP. Government Rick Scott. But his main loss to DeSantis moved his career in a different direction and his background in policy and politics made him an attractive candidate for Ducks Unlimited, the organization's president, Rogers Hoyt, said in a statement Wednesday.
"Although Putnam is a strong advocate of the environment, he is also an avid advocate of veterans and the sacrifices they have made for our country," Hoyt said. "In 2011, he created Operation Outdoor Freedom in honor of the selfless sacrifice of the disabled veterans of our nation." New state forests dedicated to veterans were opened, and the team built special accommodations at these facilities to meet their needs. "More than 4,000 veterans have joined Operation Outdoor Freedom events since the beginning."
Putnam said on Twitter: "I am honored to be the newest employee @DucksUnlimited. My vision for DU is to bring together environmentally conscious people from all walks of life: farmers, townspeople, veterans, biologists, hunters … anyone who has a connection with our natural resources. "
I am honored to be the newest employee @DucksUnlimited. My vision for DU is to bring together environmentally conscious people from all walks of life: farmers, townspeople, veterans, biologists, hunters … anyone who has a connection with our natural resources. https://t.co/TzfxB5pJfo
– Adam Putnam (@adamputnam)
March 13, 2019
Putnam and his family, long-standing members of the central community in Florida, are planning to move to Memphis in the coming months.