FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 3, 2015
CONTACT:  ACLU of Florida Media Office,, (786) 363-2737

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida’s Director of Public Policy Michelle Richardson will be spearheading the organization’s legislative and advocacy campaigns in Tallahassee for the 2015 Legislative Session.

This is the first Florida Legislative Session for Richardson, who joined the ACLU of Florida in May 2014. Prior to joining the staff of the ACLU of Florida, Richardson had served as a Legislative Counsel with the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office since 2006, where she focused on national security and government transparency issues such as the Patriot Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, cybersecurity, state secrets and the Freedom of information Act. She has also previously served as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

Richardson will reside in Tallahassee for the duration of the 2015 Legislative Session, analyzing and drafting policy proposals, presenting testimony, lobbying policymakers, and working with organizations and coalitions to build support throughout the state for the organization’s legislative priorities. Those priorities this year include reforming the criminal justice system, protecting personal privacy, and defending against attacks on reproductive freedom and voting rights.

Richardson hit the ground running, testifying today before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding a bill that would make changes to internet privacy protections for the digital information of deceased Floridians.

A headshot of Richardson is available here:

To schedule a meeting with Richardson to discuss the ACLU’s legislative program, contact the ACLU of Florida Media office at or (786) 363-2737.