The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners
204 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
850.222.8900 Tallahassee Office
In 2008, Steve directed the Obama/Biden campaign in Florida, returning in 2012 as a Senior Advisor to the re-election. In 2014, he led Gwen Graham’s Congressional effort, and most recently, Steve was a Senior Advisor and national spokesperson for the shadow Presidential campaign for Vice President Joe Biden, during which he made over 100 national television appearances.
In addition, Steve also two decades of experience working in and around the Florida Legislature. He was the Communications Director for the House Democratic Caucus, and was longtime aide to former House Democratic Leader Doug Wiles (D-St. Augustine), and from 2005-2008, Steve ran the Florida Democratic Party’s House Democratic Caucus, during which Florida Democrats picked off nine Republican seats in the state house.
Today he provides strategic advice to a number of clients, including companies like Walt Disney World, AT&T, and State Farm.
Widely quoted in national media as a top expert on Florida, the St. Petersburg Times has called him “one of the savviest and most effective political strategists Florida Democrats have seen in ages.” In 2008, he was named one of Florida’s “100 Movers and Shakers” by Florida International Magazine, one of the most influential Democrats in Florida by Politics Magazine in 2009 and 2013, and the most influential Florida Democratic strategist in Florida by the Tampa Bay Times in 2012.
Steve lives in Tallahassee with his wife Nikole, who is a senior executive with the American Heart Association. He graduated from University of the South in 1996 with degrees in History and Political Science and received his Masters in Communications from Florida State University in 2009.
Outside of politics, Steve serves on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, Awesome Tallahassee, and the American Council of Young Political Leaders, and is a member of Leadership Florida, Class 31.