Rusty Roberts has a long and distinguished career in both the public and private sector in Florida and in Washington, DC. Rusty has specialized in transportation related policy issues in both the public and private sector for nearly four decades.
He has been a voting resident of Seminole County since 1993, where for 18 years he served Central Florida as Chief of Staff to former House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman, Congressman John Mica of Winter Park. Rep. Mica represented Seminole and Volusia Counties from 1993 to 2016. He was previously Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami and began his congressional service in 1981 as a state director for Central Florida’s hometown U.S. Senator Paula Hawkins.
Following his congressional service, Roberts remained in Central Florida as Vice President of Brightline Trains, America’s only privately funded and operated high-speed passenger train which began South Florida service in 2018 and will commence service between Miami and Orlando in 2023. As Brightline’s government affairs lead, Roberts represented the company before the U.S. Congress, US DOT/Federal Railroad Administration, the Florida Legislature, Florida DOT and city and county governments along the Brightline route.
In this role, Roberts was also a member of numerous advocacy organizations, including the
American Public Transportation Association, American Short Line and Regional Railroad
Association, Rail Passengers Association, and numerous Chambers of Commerce.
In May of 2021, Roberts was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to the Florida Transportation Commission, a nine-member statewide board whose mission is to provide leadership in meeting Florida's transportation needs through policy guidance on issues of statewide importance and by maintaining oversight and public accountability for the Department of Transportation and other statutorily specified transportation authorities.
Roberts was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida where he attended Lakewood High School and the University of South Florida.