Slater Bayliss


Slater is a co-founder of The Advocacy Partners and a veteran within Florida’s arena of politics and public policy. During his two decades in the industry, he has earned a reputation as a contemplative strategist as well as a tenacious and effective advocate. Slater has been recognized by INFLUENCE magazine as one of the most influential people in Florida politics and was recently named one of the top 10 lobbyists in Florida by The Florida Standard.


Deputy Policy Director, Jeb Bush for Florida Governor Campaign

Served in Governor Jeb Bush’s administration where his portfolio focused on growing Florida’s economy through economic development and business recruitment

Adjunct professor in Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy


Personal Assistant to Florida Governor Jeb Bush

Managed the statewide campaign for the only citizen’s initiative in Florida history to successfully repeal a provision from the state constitution

Board member Maverick PAC, an organization that promotes next generation leaders in public service


Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Communications, University of Iowa

Master’s Degree in Applied American Policy and Politics, Florida State University, and collaborator on data driven books analyzing Florida elections

Appointments & Accolades

Appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to the Florida Prepaid College Board

Appointed by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio to his Military Service Academy Nominating Commission

Appointed by two Florida governors (Bush and Crist) to the Board of Directors of the Florida Sports Foundation, served as the Chair of the Florida Sports Charitable Foundation

Chair of the Board of Directors for Tree House of Tallahassee, an emergency shelter where children who are victims of domestic abuse are given shelter and comfort

Fundraiserfor the U.S. Central Command Memorial and the Florida Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund


Slater and his wife, Sara, met while undergraduates and reside in Tallahassee. They are the proud parents of three children.