The Florida Association of Counties Board of Directors recently elected Escambia County Board of County Commissioners Vice Chairman and District 4 Commissioner Robert Bender to represent Florida for the Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus Office.
The Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus is a division of the National Association of Counties whose goal is to bring county officials together and strengthen America's counties.
"I am honored to represent Florida in the Gulf State Counties and Parishes Caucus," Commissioner Bender said. "The Gulf of Mexico is a large part of who we are, and I look forward to working with our neighboring states to monitor and improve such a valuable asset."
The purpose of the Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus is to promote a clearer understanding of mutual problems of Gulf Coast counties and parishes and their citizens, to establish a single source of information concerning county and parish governments in the Gulf region, and to advocate on behalf of those residing in Gulf counties and parishes before federal government. The caucus focuses on issues such as the National Flood Insurance Program and funding for the RESTORE act.
Representatives of the caucus are elected by the Florida Association of Counties' Board of Directors pursuant to the GSCPC bylaws adopted July 13, 2019. Membership is open to all county and parish elected government officials from Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.