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Alan Williams

Former State Representative Alan Williams’ roots run deep in the Big Bend area of Florida. He is recognized as one of the nation’s rising political leaders and consistently uses that platform to be a voice for the voiceless. Rep. Williams has been successful in striking a balance for fighting for civil rights and a proponent for job creation and economic development. Alan B. Williams is a fifth generation Floridian, an unabashed servant of the people, a proud family man, small business owner and a trailblazer in his own right. He has been featured in publications such as the Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, Politico and Ebony Magazine. In February 2003, he was featured in Ebony Magazine as a Young Leader of the Future. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FOX and other Florida news outlets speaking on varies political issues impacting the State of Florida and the nation as a whole. In 2013, Rep. Williams was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama to meet with him and other civil rights leaders and elected officials to discuss the reauthorization of the voting rights act. He has served on several statewide and national policy panel sessions on education, voting rights, stand your ground laws, and affordable healthcare.

Currently, Alan Williams is a Governmental Affairs Consultant with the Meenan Law Firm, based in Tallahassee, Florida. Meenan P.A. provides legal, regulatory and legislative services to a broad range of businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses; and provides insurance, extended warranty, service contract, warranty and other regulatory law services to its clients in all 50 states. A
While in college, he found his passion for public service. After college, Alan worked in the private sector until Tallahassee Mayor John Marks recruited him as an Aide serving as liaison between the community and the Office of the Mayor. In 2006, he founded MW Land & Investments, a Florida based property management and business development firm.

Never forgetting the monumental impact that service and leadership made on the lives of those around him, Alan ran for the Florida House of Representatives to represent District 8 (Leon and Gadsden) and was elected in November 2008. He has a record of championing legislation relating to green jobs, economic development, and ethics and elections.

A leader amongst his colleagues, Williams also served as Democratic Whip (2012-2014), and Chairman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus (2014-2015).
His tireless efforts has resulted in Alan successfully passing legislation creating the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame that recognizes and honor those persons who have made significant contributions to the ever expanding struggle for civil rights in the State of Florida.

Over the years, Alan has been recognized for his legislative contributions. Alan is a citizen legislator. He has served on the Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council, the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, the National Conference of Black State Legislators Executive Board, the Board of Directors for Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Gadsden Arts Center and Guardian Ad Litem.

Alan is a third generation FAMUAN and is the youngest in a family of three children. Rep. Williams is a recipient of both a B.S. and M.B.A. from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, prestigious School of Business and Industry. Just as family was a great influence in the beginning of his life, it continues to impact him now with his own family. Alan is married to Attorney Opal McKinney-Williams and they work together to instill those same characteristics in their two children, Adrianna and Alan-Louis. Alan is committed to the people he serves and his life affirms Dr. Martin Luther King’s powerful conviction that, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”

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