Meet Jim Kallinger!
Never a stranger to hard work, thrift and simple living, traits handed down to him by his father and grandfather, Jim has enjoyed a diverse career in both the private and public sectors. In addition to his time serving as an elected official, he is also an entrepreneur and holder of a US patent and trademark.
As a State Certified General Contractor, Jim was the president of his own construction company for over 16 years that focused on residential remodeling and commercial build-out projects. His company, in part, served the disabled community as an approved Medicaid provider. He also studied at and received a Certificate in Energy Efficient Design/Build from the Florida Solar Energy Center, and operated a regional franchise for a line of building products. Jim has a real estate license with the State of Florida.
Jim served 2 terms in the Florida House of Representatives and, for his principled leadership, received the Freshman Legislator of the Year Award from the National Republican Legislators Association. During his tenure, he was Chairman of the Committee on Trades, Professions and Regulated Business, as well as Vice-Chairman of the Select Committee on Constitutional Amendments.
Jim was appointed Florida’s first Chief Child Advocate by former Gov. Charlie Crist and oversaw the establishment of all-time state adoption records that received national recognition. He also had the privilege of serving in a statewide executive leadership role for the governor of Kansas in the area of child welfare and adoption, which included leading a state agency division with 3,000 employees and a budget of $700 million, as well as launching several statewide initiatives.
More recently, in the interest of protecting our Florida Constitution and preserving our republican form of government, Jim organized a group called Save My Constitution. This dedicated coalition of about 20 former Florida legislators boldly spoke out and was critical of the conduct of the Constitution Revision Commission and the amendments they put on our ballots.
Currently, Jim is a senior strategist at a local media and public relations firm, and has experience consulting with state and local governments on the development of public-private partnerships.
Jim served on the boards of the Interfaith Hospitality Network, which arranges temporary housing for homeless families, and the Florida Housing Development Corporation. Jim received the National Activist of the Year Award from Citizens for a Sound Economy.
Jim has been married to his high school sweetheart Dana for over 38 years. Their three sons all graduated from Florida State University, and their daughter is a student at Leon High School. Jim and Dana are active members at Four Oaks Church.
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