Citing health issues, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears said he will step down from his post this month.
Beshears, a former state representative from North Florida who was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in December 2018, said in a letter to the governor Friday that he has “been dealing with health issues” for the past two months.
“It is in the best interest of my health, my family, and the department that I focus my full attention on getting well,” Beshears wrote.
Beshears’ agency oversees regulated industries such as gambling, alcohol and tobacco. The agency also handles licensing and regulation for a wide range of professions, including barbers, cosmetologists and real estate agents.
Beshears, a Republican from Monticello, was elected to the House in 2012 and was among DeSantis’ first agency-head selections after the governor was elected in 2018.
When he announced Beshears’ appointment, DeSantis called him a “champion for deregulation.”
“I am proud to have worked under your leadership to remove barriers to employment and increase opportunity for Floridians. From ‘Deregathon’ to passing the most comprehensive regulatory reduction bill in recent history, I believe our efforts will have a significant and long-lasting impact on our great state,” Beshears wrote in Friday’s resignation letter.