The Commissioners

The FWC's seven Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate to five-year terms. Their constitutional duty is to exercise the "...regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to wild animal life and fresh water aquatic life and shall also exercise regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to marine life, except that all license fees and penalties for violating regulations shall be as provided by law."

Terms in Office


Current Term Began

Original Appointment

Term Expires

Bo Rivard, Chair

March 8, 2013

March 8, 2013

Aug. 1, 2017

Robert A. Spottswood, Vice Chair

Jan. 12, 2018

Sept. 2, 2015

Jan. 6, 2023

Gary Lester

Jan. 12, 2018

Jan. 12, 2018

Jan. 12, 2023

Gary Nicklaus

Dec. 1, 2017

Dec. 1, 2017 

Aug. 1, 2022

Sonya Rood

Dec. 1, 2017

Dec. 1, 2017

Jan. 2, 2022

Michael W. Sole

May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

Aug. 1, 2021



Commissioners meet five times per year at various locations across the state.
Visit the Commission Meetings Not a Mobile-Enabled Link page for access to schedules, agendas, and minutes.


To email all the Commissioners at one time fill out this form.

To email an individual Commissioner, visit their profile page by clicking on their name above.


FWC Facts:
Red Tide Offshore Monitoring Volunteer Program boat captains sample offshore waters for potential red tide blooms. They also track ongoing blooms to aid researchers.

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