Jay Florence currently serves as Georgia’s Deputy Insurance Commissioner. He received his B.A. in History from the University of Georgia and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
After passing the Georgia Bar, Mr. Florence began work at the Department of Insurance as an Enforcement Attorney. He then served as legal counsel to the Insurance and Financial Oversight Division before being promoted to Assistant Commissioner. His principle duties as Assistant Commissioner included acting as legislative liaison to the Georgia General Assembly, a role in which he successfully shepherded more than a dozen bills through the legislative process. In 2015, Mr. Florence accepted the position of Chief of Staff to the Office of the Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore, David Shafer (R-48). In January of 2017, he returned to the Department as Deputy Insurance Commissioner.
Mr. Florence has always been active in Republican politics. In college, he worked on U.S. congressional campaigns in both North Carolina and Ohio. In 2014, he was the campaign manager for Ralph Hudgens’ successful bid for re-election as Commissioner of Insurance.
Mr. Florence lives in Athens, Georgia where he regularly attends Athens Church and is a board member of the Jon Desso Scholarship foundation, which provides scholarships to Prince Avenue Christian School.