While the Super Bowl was being played in Tampa, news was breaking up Interstate 4 that everyone and their brother had been expecting: Congressman Adam Putnam will be running for the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture:
U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, who quickly rose to power in Congress after being elected as a 26-year-old, said Sunday he will run for Florida agriculture commissioner.
Putnam will file paperwork to officially enter the race on Monday, he told The Associated Press. Putnam will serve out his final two years in Congress.
“Agriculture is in my DNA,” Putnam said. “It’s my professional background, it’s my academic background, it’s what my family is involved in to this day.”
Putnam is from Bartow, where his family grows citrus and raises cattle. Five generations of his family have farmed in Florida.
Former State Representative Marty Bowen and current State Senator Carey Baker are also seeking the post.