Ben Albritton is a 4th generation farmer, born and raised in Florida’s Heartland. Brought up by a family of farmers, ranchers, citrus growers and businessmen, Ben has invested his life in the rich agricultural heritage of Central Florida.
After graduating from Hardee High School in 1986, Ben earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Citrus/Business in 1990 from Florida Southern College.
Ben went on to work for his family’s citrus groves and for over 30 years he has focused on the growth of Florida’s agricultural community. Today, Albritton Companies has expanded to support citrus grove ownership, grove management, payroll management and risk consulting.
In 1993, Ben married Missy Schrader of Wauchula and settled down in rural Hardee County to start and raise a family. Together, they have three beautiful children, Rebecca, Joshua and Ryan, and a brand new grandbaby.
Ben is a faithful Christian, along with his wife Missy and their family, who invest their daily lives in the Scripture. The Albritton family are lifetime members of First Christian Church of Wauchula, where Ben has served as an Elder since 2003.
Ben’s life has been rooted in service to others. It is a daily practice for him, especially within Florida’s agriculture community.
After being elected Florida House in 2010, Ben served as Chairman of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee, Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee, Appropriations Committee and the Government Accountability Committee.
He also chaired the Polk, Hardee and DeSoto County Legislative Delegations.
Ben was elected to the Florida Senate in 2018. In 2022, he was appointed by Senate President Kathleen Passidomo to serve as Majority Leader.
Ben was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Florida Citrus Commission (FCC). During his time on the commission, he served in a variety of leadership roles, including Chairman from 2007 until 2010. Ben also previously served as a board member and President of the Peace River Citrus Growers Association and is a past board member and Chair of the East Charlotte County Drainage District.
Ben resigned from the FCC to pursue a seat in the Florida House. During his time as Chairman of the FCC, he identified the need for strong agricultural leadership in Tallahassee.