Winter Park attorney appointed by Gov. Scott to Florida Transportation Commission

Photo for Headline Surfer / Attorney Kenneth Wright, shown here, has a distinguished record in serving on statewide boards and commissions.

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott announced on Friday the appointment of Kenneth Wright to the Florida Transportation Commission.

Wright, 65, of Winter Park, is an attorney with the Orlando law offices of Shutts & Bowen LLP. He fills a vacant seat for a one-year-plus term ending Sept. 30, 2014. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate. Wright has been called to lead groups that shape statewide environmental policy and regional development.  

He presently serves as vice chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and as a trustee on the Board of Directors for Hubbs Sea World Research Institute.  

Wright was past chair of the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission and served on the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council. He also chaired the board for the Orlando Sanford Airport Authority, which oversees the Orlando/Sanford International Airport.

Wright has served as general counsel to the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority.  

FAST FACTS: 
Kenneth Wright is a partner in the Orlando law office of Shutts & Bowen LLP and serves as co-chairman of the firm’s Government Relations Practice Group.
• Having worked in government law, land use, public finance and transportation, Wright has a strong background in issues ranging from public sector litigation to land acquisition. He currently focuses on government relations, land use/environmental law, and administrative and regulatory law.
• Wright often represents clients before government entities at the local and state levels, including commissions and regulatory agencies. This involves work on a wide variety of issues, such as zoning, environmental and other public policy concerns.
• Wright is active in both local and state politics. 
• He graduated from Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1974; University of South Florida, B.S., Political Science, 1970. 
 
Did You Know?
During the 2000 presidential election challenge, attorney Kenneth Wright of Shutts & Bowen LLP, represented George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.