A fifth generation Floridian, Congressman Adam H. Putnam represents the 12th Congressional District of Florida. Now in his fourth term, he is Chairman of the Republican Conference and serves on the Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee.
As Chairman of the House Republican Conference, Putnam is third in line in the House Republican leadership. The Conference Chairman is charged with articulating his party’s message, and he is working with his colleagues to build a bold, innovative agenda for America’s future. The House Financial Services Committee oversees the nation's financial services and housing sectors including banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities.
Prior to serving as Chairman of the Republican Conference, Putnam served as Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee which is fourth in line in the Republican Leadership during the 109th Congress, Second Session. As Chairman, Putnam was charged with holding hearings and meetings that cut across a wide variety of topics and jurisdictional boundaries, as well as developing legislative policy ideas and agendas. In addition, Putnam served on the powerful House Rules Committee, which is an arm of the House Leadership where virtually every major piece of legislation is considered before being brought to the House Floor for consideration.
He was also named by National Journal in 2003 as a "Republican to Watch" and in 2004 was named one of National Journal's Homeland Security 100 - the top 100 key government officials and outside experts. Congressman Putnam was named by Washington Technology as Congress' leader on cybersecurity and received the 2004 Federal 100 award from Federal Computer Week as one of the most influential leaders on federal technology policy. Mr. Putnam also received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award, the 60 Plus Association Guardian of Seniors Rights Award and the Americans for Tax Reform Hero of Taxpayer Award. In addition, Mr. Putnam won the Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award for Further Government IT Management for 2004 from The Association for Federal Information Resource Management (AFFIRM).
Elected to Congress on November 7, 2000, Mr. Putnam is a native of Bartow, Florida and is a graduate of the University of Florida (BS, Food and Resource Economics). Prior to his election to Congress, he worked in his family's citrus and cattle business and served in the Florida House of Representatives. Putnam represented the 63rd District in the Florida House of Representatives from 1996 to 2000, serving as chairman of the Florida House's Agriculture Committee during the 1998-2000 term. Adam and his wife reside in Bartow with their four children.