About Me

Ronald L. Book, P.A. stands as a commanding presence in the realms of policy advocacy and legislative affairs, expertly navigating a wide array of sectors and issues within the political framework. His expertise spans across economic development, environmental cleanup, affordable housing, transportation, aviation, healthcare, social services, technology management, seaports, and sports. Over the years, he has become synonymous with shaping public discourse and policy decisions, reflecting his deep involvement in high-profile matters that captivate public interest.

With a career that stretches nearly four decades, Ronald has become a revered figure in Florida's government relations sector, especially noted for his role in appropriations processes. Under his leadership, he has directed billions in funding towards numerous projects and causes, establishing the firm as a leading force in local government representation. The firm's extensive client list includes a diverse array of government entities, municipalities, and regional agencies across the Florida legislature.

Book's innovative approach to local government representation has significantly expanded the firm's reach and influence beyond the Florida State Capitol into municipal and county governments statewide. This expansion is a testament to his unique capability to offer unparalleled legislative representation alongside robust support for substantial local government initiatives.

Foundation and Experience

His entry into the legislative arena began in the 1970s with a position in the Florida State Legislature, followed by invaluable experience in the executive branch as Special Counsel and Chief of Legislative Affairs for Governor Bob Graham. His tenure at the prominent Miami-based law firm of Sparber, Shevin, Shapo, Heilbronner & Book, P.A., from 1982 to 1987 further solidified his legislative and regulatory law expertise.

Ronald L. Book's political acumen is also evident in his contributions to numerous statewide campaigns, including gubernatorial races and legislative efforts, notably the "Five for Florida's Future" campaign and initiatives that expanded gaming in Florida.

Beyond lobbying, Ronald provides comprehensive consulting services across emerging and established sectors, drawing on his vast network of political and business leaders to offer clients unparalleled advice.

Commitment to Community and Philanthropy

Ronald's dedication to his community is profound, as evidenced by his involvement with various charitable organizations across Florida. He has served on the boards of several nonprofits, including Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and the Mourning Family Foundation. Currently, he chairs the Miami Dade Homeless Trust, overseeing efforts to combat homelessness in the region with a budget exceeding $66 million, a role he has passionately filled for over two decades.

Under his leadership, the Trust has been recognized as a national model for its effective strategies, including its celebrated success in declaring an end to military veteran homelessness in Miami-Dade and South Florida.

Lauren's Kids Foundation: A Legacy of Advocacy

As the Co-Founder and Board Chairman of Lauren's Kids Foundation, he has channeled his efforts into preventing childhood sexual abuse. The Foundation, created with his daughter, Florida State Senator Lauren Book, focuses on education, awareness, and support for survivors. Its curriculum is now a staple in over 90,000 classrooms nationwide, a testament to the Foundation's impact on children and families across the country.

Educational Background and Professional Affiliations

Ronald L. Book's academic journey includes a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science from Florida International University after initially attending the University of Florida and participating in its track team. A registered lobbyist, he is a prominent member of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL) and the Florida Bar, further highlighting his extensive engagement in both the legal and political spheres of Florida.