23 Facts About Adam Putnam


Adam Hughes Putnam was born on July 31,1974 and is an American politician who served as the 11th Commissioner of Agriculture of Florida from 2011 to 2019.


Adam Putnam chaired the House Republican Conference from 2007 to 2009.


Adam Putnam was born in Bartow, Florida, the son of Sarah Elizabeth and William Dudley Adam Putnam II.


Adam Putnam graduated from Bartow High School and attended the University of Florida, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in food and resource economics.


In 1996, Adam Putnam was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, representing parts of Polk County.


Adam Putnam was reelected to a second term in 1998.


In 2000, Adam Putnam ran for the US House seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Charles Canady.


Adam Putnam was reelected in 2002 to a redistricted seat that included most of Polk County as well as parts of neighboring Hillsborough and Osceola Counties.


Adam Putnam was reelected three more times after that, serving a total of ten years in Congress.


On October 10,2002, Adam Putnam voted in favor of authorizing the invasion of Iraq.


In February 2006, Adam Putnam became a member of the House leadership, assuming the role of chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, the fifth-ranking Republican leadership position in the House.


In November 2006, Adam Putnam was elected by his colleagues as House Republican Conference Chairman, the third-highest ranking position.


In 2010 The Florida Independent reported that Adam Putnam had earmarked $100,000 for an abscission chemical used in citrus harvesting that The Florida Independent said would benefit his family's citrus business.


Harry Reid, Adam Putnam became the top Republican in either house to call for the ouster of then US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.


However, Adam Putnam mentioned that there remained severe discontent within the GOP circle over Gonzales and as the Chairman of the House Republican Conference, he thought that it was important to send this message out.


In February 2009, Adam Putnam declared himself a candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services in the 2010 election and that he would not seek a sixth term in Congress.


Adam Putnam later said that 365 applicants should have been further backgrounded, and that 291 permits ended up being revoked for noncriminal disqualifying factors.


Adam Putnam pointed out that concealed carry permits do not allow gun purchases, which require a background check at the time of purchase.


In May 2017, Adam Putnam announced his campaign for the governorship of Florida in the 2018 election to succeed term-limited Republican Rick Scott.


Adam Putnam was one of eight candidates running for the Republican nomination.


Adam Putnam placed second in the primary election, which was won by US Representative Ron DeSantis.


However, as of April 2018, Adam Putnam's campaign had acquired $19.2 million in campaign contributions, far more than any other candidate.


The donations from Publix to Adam Putnam drew public protest, including a die-in at a Publix supermarket, resulting from Adam Putnam's claim of being a "proud NRA sell-out".