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David Coburn


Following a distinguished three-decade career in the Florida Legislature, David Coburn (B.A. Social Science ’73, Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning, ’77) was awarded one of FSU’s highest honors, the James D. Westcott Medal, presented to those whose service “whose life and work exemplify the values of strength, skill, and character that the university seeks to nurture in its students.” Considered one of the most knowledgeable experts on the state budget, David served as staff director for the Rules Committee in both chambers, among a number of other key positions. He also served in the executive branch as the governor's director of the Office of Planning and Budgeting. In 2011, he and three partners launched Capital Analytics LLC, a firm that offers analysis and support on state and local government issues. As noted in the presentation of the Westcott Medal, David has been a longtime friend and supporter of FSU and the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.