Governor Scott appointed Samuel P. Verghese as Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs on December 11, 2014. As Secretary of DOEA, Verghese manages the Departmentâ€™s activities and serves as an advocate for the issues and programs that affect Floridaâ€™s 4.8 million seniors.
Secretary Verghese previously served as External Affairs Director for Governor Rick Scott in 2014. Prior to that, Verghese served as the Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and as Staff Director in the Florida House of Representatives. Verghese received his bachelorâ€™s degree from Liberty University. Secretary Verghese and his wife, Cori, reside in Tallahassee with their three children â€“ Evan, Ethan, and Ashlyn.