Adam H. Putnam
Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
R-FL 12th, 2nd term Republican Congressman Adam Putnam's legislative committee assignments for the 108th Congress include the Agriculture, Budget, Government Reform, and Joint Economic Committees. Congressman Putnam is one of the few Members of Congress to hold four committee assignments. In January 2003, Congressman Putnam was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census. His ascension to the Chairmanship makes Congressman Putnam the youngest Subcommittee Chairman in the 108th Congress and one of the youngest in the history of the United States Congress. He also serves on the House Republican Policy Committee and the Republican Steering Committee. Elected to Congress on November 7, 2000, Mr. Putnam is a native of Bartow, Florida and is a graduate of the University of Florida (BS, Food and Resource Economics). Prior to his election to Congress, he worked in his family's citrus and cattle business and served in the Florida House of Representatives. Putnam represented the 63rd District in the Florida House of Representatives from 1996 to 2000, serving as chairman of the Florida House's Agriculture Committee during the 1998-2000 term. Congressman Putnam was named by National Journal in 2003 as a "Republican to Watch" and this year was named as one National Journal's Homeland Security 100 - the top 100 key government officials and outside experts. Mr. Putnam was named by Washington Technology as Congress' leader on cybersecurity and received the 2004 Federal 100 award from Federal Computer Week as one of the most influential leaders on federal technology policy. Mr. Putnam also received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award, the 60 Plus Association Guardian of Seniors Rights Award and the Americans for Tax Reform Hero of Taxpayer Award. In addition, Mr. Putnam won the Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award for Further Government IT Management for 2004 from The Association for Federal Information Resource Management (AFFIRM). On January 3, 2001 Congressman Adam Putnam was sworn in, at age 26, as the youngest Member of the 107th Congress. Now in his second term, Mr. Putnam remains the youngest Member of Congress.