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Lobbyist Steve Madden dies at age 43

207678_1965675827826_4409420_nSteven John Madden, 43, a Tallahassee lobbyist and Republican political consultant, died early Sunday after an almost six-year battle with melanoma. A graduate of Florida State University and Lake Mary High School, Madden was one of the Republican Party young guns who helped  the GOP assume control of the state Senate in 1994 and the state House in 1996.

Known for his gentle, ever-present smile and keen intellect, Madden served as staff director in the Senate Majority Office for former Majority Leader Dennis Jones from December 2002 to November 2004. He joined the Jeb Bush administration as chief of staff at the Agency for Health Care Administration from Nov. 2004 to Jan. 2007, where his policy work included advocating for major Medicaid reform. He left state government to join the lobbying corps where he went to work at Southern Strategy Group and most recently worked for Centene.

His friends describe him as a fierce competitor, with a love for any game and a fondness for golf and politics. Born in New Jersey, Madden moved to Longwood, Florida, where he enjoyed a lifelong hobby of photography.

He met his wife, Carrie DiMuzio in 1998 and the couple eloped to Hawaii in 2003, where they were married. They have two children, Callen, born in 2007, and John Robert, born in 2010.

A funeral will be held Monday, October 29, 2012, at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Tallahassee
with a reception to follow at the Governor’s Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations be made to the Madden Memorial Fund, Post Office Box 10805, Tallahassee, Florida
32302. Download Obituary - Steven John Madden