Political Consultant Dixie Sansom to Speak Oct. 13 on Influence, Lobbying

Florida Tech’s Center for Ethics
and Leadership Hosts Free Event


MELBOURNE, FLA. — Dixie Sansom, a partner at The Sansom Group/Dixie Sansom Government Relations Consulting who has observed and participated in state and local politics for the last 30 years, is the keynote speaker at Florida Institute of Technology’s Nathan Bisk College of Business Center for Ethics and Leadership Breakfast Seminar on Thursday, Oct. 13.

The free event runs from 7:45-9:30 a.m. in the Hartley Room on the second floor of the Denius Student Center on Florida Tech’s Melbourne campus, 150 W. University Blvd. A continental breakfast will be served.

As seating is limited, guests must RSVP to Vickie Freece at vfreece@fit.edu by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Sansom will speak about “Access to Political Influence and Lobbying.”

A Brevard County resident since 1969, Sansom was a newspaper reporter and later a legislative aide to the late Clark Maxwell Jr., when he served in the Florida House and Senate.

In April 1984, she was elected in a special election to the Florida House of Representatives, a position she held through 1992, when she ran unsuccessfully for Congress.

During her service in the Florida Legislature, Sansom was a Republican Floor Leader (“Whip”), and among other critical measures, she spearheaded the passage of the first legislation to clean up the Indian River Lagoon by prohibiting sewage systems from discharging into the entire Lagoon system, from Volusia through Martin Counties. She was also instrumental in the initial funding for The Haven for Children.

In 2006, she established her own governmental consulting firm and successfully obtained appropriations and favorable policy considerations in the Legislature and with state agencies for her clients.

She is a member of the United Way of Brevard Board, the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse and the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation and a former member of the Florida Tech College of Business’ Board of Overseers and the Advisory Board of the University of Florida’s College Public Health and Health-Related Professions.


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