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DeSantis appoints Rep. Eagle to head Florida Dept. of Economic Opportunity

Cape Coral Republican, House Majority Leader takes on new role

By Staff - | Sep 3, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis appointed State House Majority Leader Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral) to become the next executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

“Leader Eagle is an experienced legislator, a family man, and the right choice to lead DEO,” said Gov. DeSantis. “The Department has suffered some setbacks, but I have no doubt that Dane is up to the task. He is personable, enjoys broad bipartisan support, and I look forward to the many successes to come. Casey and I also congratulate Dane and his wife Brooke on the birth of their first child.”

Eagle was recently defeated by State Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Naples) in a primary for the seat being vacated in the U.S. House of Representatives by Frances Rooney (R-Naples).

“I am humbled and excited to serve Governor DeSantis and the people of Florida in this role,” Eagle said in a statement released by the press office of DeSantis. “We enter in precarious times and I look forward to working with my former colleagues to effectuate change and lead DEO into a bright future. I thank the Governor and the First Lady for their friendship and well wishes. I can’t wait to get started.”

Eagle, a graduate of Bishop Verot High School, attended Florida Gulf Coast University before graduating from the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Eagle was elected in 2012 to serve in the Florida House of Representatives and serves as the House Majority Leader, where he is responsible for leading the Republican Caucus.

Dane and his wife Brooke live in Cape Coral with their newborn son, Ronin.