Clarence McKee

Clarence McKee is the President and founder of McKee Communications, Inc. , a Florida certified Minority Business Enterprise specializing in government, political, media relations and training. The company has particular expertise in assisting clients in messaging to Florida’s African and Caribbean-American communities.

McKee is a “Insider,” where his extensive writings can be found on his “Silent Minority” Blog ( and has appeared on Newsmax TV’s America Talks Live offering his political insights. His articles and commentary have been published in Tallahassee’s Capital Outlook, The Florida Courier, The Florida Sun, Human Events Online,  Jacksonville Free Press, The Washington Times, The Tampa Tribune, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel,  the  South Florida Times and the Westside Gazette, He is also a contributor to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s “South Florida 100,” commenting on local and national political issues.

McKee served on the US Senate staff for Senator Jacob K. Javits (R-NY) whom he assisted in writing food stamp and school lunch legislation and was a legal assistant at the Federal Communications Commission to Commissioner Benjamin L. Hooks—who later headed the NAACP—where he assisted in drafting Equal  Employment Opportunity and Minority Ownership policies for the broadcasting and cable television industries.

He held a number of posts during the Reagan-Bush administrations, including serving on President-Elect Reagan’s transition team, and was an appointee to the Legal Services Corporation board of directors. He gave political commentaries on WTTG-TV Television’s Ten O’clock News and was a Registered Foreign Agent, media, and political relations advisor for the Angolan Freedom Fighters(“UNITA”) in its efforts to defeat the Soviet-Cuban–backed Angolan government.

McKee is the former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and a former chairman of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. He served on several corporate boards, including America Heritage Life Insurance Company, Barnett Banks, Inc., Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Florida Progress, and Florida Power Corporations. He was a member of the Florida Council of 100, the board of Associated Industries of Florida, and was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame.

McKee was appointed by Florida governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist to several boards and commissions and was a Florida delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention. He worked his way through college and law school in a variety of jobs, including being a railroad dining car waiter, bartender, and disc jockey. He received his BA degree from Hobart College and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Howard University School of Law.

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