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The Political Life - from campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between. A show about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

Hosted by Jim O'Brien, The Political Life introduces you to the personalities and "day in the life" experiences of some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals in the field. 

Feb 3, 2020

While at CES, we had the opportunity to sit down with Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes, and learned how Florida is becoming a leader in the autonomous vehicle space. Senator Brandes is passionate about using technology to solve problems in his state, and he’s hoping that Florida will serve as a model for other states. Senator Brandes tells us why he believes in autonomous vehicles, and why lawmakers need to place a greater focus on technology. 

  • After graduating high school, Senator Brandes joined the U.S. Army Reserve, where he served for 11 years, and completed a tour of duty in Iraq;
  • He graduated from Carson Newman College in 1999 with a degree in Business Administration;
  • He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010;
  • Brandes was then elected to the Florida State Senate in 2012, where he continues to serve;
  • The Senator currently sits on nine committees, and is Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice.

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