David Jolly has spent his entire career working on behalf of the people of Pinellas County, advancing and supporting community interests in the United States Congress and serving in multiple civic and community leadership roles here at home. He is a candidate with unparalleled Congressional experience, including serving Pinellas County residents as General Counsel to the late Congressman Bill Young during some of Washington’s most challenging times.
In addition to creating and owning multiple businesses, including a communications firm, a law firm, and a consulting firm, Jolly currently serves as a Vice President of the Clearwater-based Boston Finance Group, a specialty finance and private equity company investing in job-creating businesses, as well as Chief Executive Office of Olympus Foundation Management, a Clearwater professional services company supporting life-cycle philanthropy of non-profits and individuals.
Born in Dunedin to a family with a long and enduring history in Pinellas County, Jolly began working for Florida’s 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995, serving important roles in a variety of legislative, legal and community positions. An attorney by training, Jolly’s work on federal issues included matters related to the federal budget and appropriations process, constitutional law, Medicare and Social Security, defense and foreign affairs, immigration, and securities law and regulation.
Since leaving his position within the U.S. Congress in 2007, Jolly has continued to build upon his depth of experience by maintaining a federal affairs practice, counseling clients through important matters related to the U.S. Congress and the executive branch of the U.S. Government. Past clients include Pinellas County-based small businesses, non-profits, community and economic development organizations, national research coalitions, major colleges and universities, and counties and municipalities.
Jolly continues to promote the highest industry standards and a commitment to regular pro-bono activity. As part of his practice, Jolly has served as a pro-bono advisor and advocate for Support Jessie’s Law, a non-profit committed to securing resources for law enforcement to track and apprehend child predators.
As a fifth-generation Floridian, Jolly remains active in civic and community affairs. Past and current leadership positions with community and civic organizations include serving on multiple boards, including the Board of Advisors for the Elder Law program at Stetson University School of Law in St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance, the Town of Indian Shores Public Services Committee and Board of Adjustment, and the Boys & Girls Club of Suncoast. Jolly also founded the non-profit Florida Federal Contractors Association, an economic development organization in the Bay area, advancing the interests of the regional business community. He currently serves as the organization’s Chairman.
For his industry leadership and community contribution, Jolly was recognized by the Gulf Coast Business Review in its July 2009 “40 Under 40” profile of leading regional professionals.
Jolly received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He then studied in the evenings to earn a Juris Doctorate cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va.
Jolly resides in Indian Shores, Fla.
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