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Patrick Baskette*

Principal, Shumaker Advisors Florida, LLC
Bank of America Plaza
101 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 2800
Tampa, FL 33602

A nationally-recognized expert in advocacy, coalition building, and public policy, Patrick is a Principal with Shumaker Advisors/Florida, LLC where he brings the firm more than 20 years of experience as a public affairs strategist. With a strong background in local and state politics, public affairs, and on Capitol Hill, Patrick directs a 30-state network of bi-partisan public affairs operatives. His experience in Congress and in the political campaign arena has allowed him to devise winning strategies at the local, state, and federal levels for corporate and coalition-based clients in high-profile issues, including:

  • Legal reform
  • Energy and environment
  • Health care
  • International trade
  • Financial services
  • Telecommunications
  • Consumer products

Prior to joining Shumaker Advisors/Florida, Patrick served Mercury Public Affairs as a managing director, and previously served as president of Troutman Sanders’ Public Policy Group and as a principal with Dewey Square Group. His congressional experience includes serving as special assistant to then-Senator Joseph Biden (DE), and chief of staff to Congressman Owen Pickett (VA). Patrick is the chief operating officer and treasurer of Tampa Bay Rays 2020, treasurer of the Hillsborough County Hospital Authority, and a past board member and public affairs chair for the Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He is a 2016, 2017 appointee to the Hillsborough County Ellsworth G. Simmons Good Government Award Committee and he is a member of Leadership Tampa Class of 2005.

Based in Tampa, Florida, and Washington, D.C., Patrick holds an M.A. in Political Science from the American University and a B.A. from the University of Memphis.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Tampa Bay Rays 2020, Chief Operating Officer/Treasurer
  • Hillsborough County Hospital Authority, Treasurer
  • Tampa Chamber of Commerce, former Board Member and Public Affairs Chair
  • Hillsborough County Ellsworth G. Simmons Good Government Awards Committee, 2016-2017
  • Leadership Tampa Class, 2005
* Names that appear with an asterisk indicate a Shumaker professional not admitted to practice law.

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  • M.A., Political Science, American University
  • B.A., University of Memphis

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