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DOEA Advisory Council Bios


Gubernatorial Appointment – PSA 2

Kathie Brown Photograph

Ben E. Girtman, Advisory Council member from Area 2, lives in Tallahassee. He is a retired attorney and served 30 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve, four years of which were on active duty, with his first tour on a Navy destroyer and his second tour in Washington, D.C.

In 1965 and 1967, he served as a legislative aide at the Florida House of Representatives. After graduating from law school at Florida State University, he first served at Staff Attorney for the Florida Senate Governmental Operations Committee. After two years, he was invited by a member of the Florida Public Service Commission to serve as the Commissioner's aide. After two years in that position, he was invited to join the Madigan law firm in private law practice in Tailahassee. After seven years, he left that partnership Lo open his own, solo law practice which he operated for over 20 years.

Upon graduation from law school, he joined the active Navy Reserve and converted to Naval intelligence. He served in positions ranging from intelligence officer, department head, executive officer and commanding officer, and was award the Navy Achievement Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal. In 1998, he retired as a Navy Captain with 30 years service. Since retiring, he has been actively involved in senior/retirement/aging issues, participating in many programs in and around Tallahassee. He has written an article on aging called "Halftime" which compares reaching age 60 to halftime at a football game, and it was published in a national magazine. He has traveled in 40 U.S. states and 24 foreign countries.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University, every November when they play football, he cheers for - - - the offense.

Ben is known to be trustworthy. As a lifelong Democrat, while on active duty in Washington, D.C., as a collateral duty he served with the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard at Full Honors Anival Ceremonies for many foreign heads of state at the White House. Earning a White House security clearance, he was found trustworthy enough to stand 20 feet in front of Republican President Richard Nixon - with a sword in his hand. That's trustworthy..

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