Reporter William March has covered state and national politics since 1994. Email
Reporter Mike Salinero has covered Hillsborough County government since 2007. Email
Reporter James L. Rosica covers state government from the Tribune's Tallahassee bureau. Email
Florida Political Blogs:
Most Recent Entries
- Scott gets Q poll bump; Schale says “No biggie”
- Kentucky’s Beshear responds to Scott
- Lawmakers have sent all of this year’s bills to governor
- Scott next targets Kentucky to entice businesses, jobs
- Rangel, Clelland criticize Rouson
- Tant: J-J dinner raises $850,000, 1,300 attendees
- Fla. lawmaker on honeymoon when news breaks of ethics violation
- Scott vetoes mental health bill
- Curry: Maybe I’ll rent Rich a room
- Scott takes another jab at Nelson over sequestration and Nat’l Guard troops
- Legislature releases 2013-14 pre-session committee schedule
- New PhD now Ag Dept’s top economist
- Governor outlaws distribution of porn on school grounds
- Gov. Scott signs 34 more bills into law
- Scionti, Vance to run for judgeship
Bill McBride was leading Tampa civic, political, philanthropic activist
Posted Dec 23, 2012 by William March
Updated Dec 23, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Bill McBride, one of Tampa’s leading civic, political and philanthropic activists and the husband of Alex Sink, has died at age 67.
McBride is best known for having run unsuccessfully for governor in 2002; for building Holland & Knight into one of the nation’s biggest law firms; and as a prominent fundraiser for Democratic political candidates.
He has had heart problems since 2003, and suffered a heart attack while in Mt. Airy, N.C. Saturday. McBride and Sink, who was born and grew up in Mt. Airy, were visiting her family there at the time.
McBride grew up in Leesburg, Fl. He earned a Bronze Star in combat as a Marine officer in Vietnam. He spent nearly all his career at Holland & Knight until he quit the firm to run against Gov. Jeb Bush, then running for re-election, in 2002. He has worked since for the firm of Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & McBride in Tampa.