Jon Paul “J.P.” Brooker is a sixth-generation Floridian born and raised on the Indian River Lagoon in Brevard County. He has spent his life diving, spearfishing, surfing, flyfishing, sailing, canoeing, and generally loving Florida’s ocean and coasts. A conservationist since his youngest years, Brooker earned the Eagle Scout award at the age of 15 for mangrove restoration work he led at Ulumay Wildlife Preserve in Merritt Island, Florida.
Trained with a specialization in environmental law, Brooker is admitted to the Florida Bar and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. He has been appointed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to serve on its Coral Advisory Panel, and by the President of the Florida Bar to serve on its Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee. For years Brooker has worked on federal fisheries issues in the Southeastern United States and on Capitol Hill, and his focus has expanded to work on Florida coastal and conservation issues, including state fisheries, water quality and quantity, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, marine debris, oil and gas, and ocean plastics. He has attended University of Florida, University of King’s College, University of Cambridge, Dalhousie University, and Stetson University College of Law.
He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife, Kathy, and his, daughters Elizabeth and Anne.