Intergovernmental Affairs communicates information about programs and services provided by Pasco County government to the county's citizens, members of the U.S. Congress, the Florida Legislature, and other local elected and appointed officials.
Intergovernmental Affairs also develops and coordinates State and Federal Legislative Programs on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners and the County Administrator, and represents the interests of the Board to the Governor, the Cabinet, the Florida Legislature, and the United States Congress.
Ralph Lair was named the first Intergovernmental Affairs Officer for Pasco County in November 2014. Mr. Lair oversees Pasco County’s Intergovernmental Affairs Office and is responsible for directing the Department’s legislative and regulatory affairs at the local, state and federal levels.
Mr. Lair also develops and promotes Pasco County’s federal and state legislative and regulatory goals and objectives. He works closely with elected officials, federal and state agencies, local chambers and the business community to protect and promote the interests of the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners.
Ralph has served in the public policy and legislative arena for over 23 years. Prior to joining the County, he was the Chief Legislative Assistant to former Speaker Will Weatherford and had been a legislative assistant to three past members in the Florida House of Representatives.
In addition to his service in the Florida Legislature, Ralph has worked at the Southwest Florida Water Management District as a Senior Community Affairs Coordinator, and at the Florida Public Service Commission as a Senior Analyst. Mr. Lair also was the Executive Director for Florida-Stop Lawsuit Abuse.
Mr. Lair was appointed by the Speaker of the Florida House to serve as a member of the Florida Greenways and Trails Council.
Ralph holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University. A native of Florida, he is a lifelong resident of Pasco County.
The Pasco County Legislative Delegation consists of 7 members of the Florida Legislature: Florida Senate (3 Senators) and Florida House of Representatives (4 Representatives) who represent all or parts of Pasco County.
Pasco County Legislative Delegation Leadership
Pasco County Legislative Delegation Rules
The rules governing the organization and operation of the Pasco County Legislative Delegation, as adopted January 13, 2023 can be accessed here: Pasco County Legislative Delegation Rules.
The Pasco County Congressional Delegation consists of the two United States Senators, and two members of the United States House of Representatives that represent all or part of Pasco County at the federal level.