Jay Fant’s Florida roots are deep. His grandfather’s family arrived in Jacksonville almost a century ago, and Jay learned the value of hard work and community service by watching his dad and granddad start and run their family business, First Guaranty Bank. After graduating from law school at the University of Florida, Jay joined the business and was proud to run it alongside his dad until 2012.
Through his business, Jay was honored to serve many homeowners and small businessmen and women by providing the credit they needed to improve their lives and achieve their dreams. Like many of his customers, the Great Recession hit Jay’s business hard, and just as they were poised to recover, federal government overreach and incompetence made that impossible.
That experience drove Jay to run for the State Legislature to be part of solving the problem of explosive government growth that chokes free enterprise and makes it harder for families to get ahead. In 2014, he was elected to the District 15 seat in the Florida House of Representatives, and he has been honored to serve his Jacksonville constituents in Tallahassee.
In the House, he serves on the Ways and Means and Government Accountability Committees, where he has worked diligently to make state government leaner and more efficient and ensure it works for the people, not the other way around. On the Judiciary Committee and as Vice Chair of the Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee his leadership has helped protect the rights of Florida’s citizens.
Jay and his wife, Lauren, are the proud parents of two sons and two daughters. They live in Jacksonville, where he invests time in the community and has coached youth sports and served with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rotary, and the Healthy U Now Foundation. The Fants are members of St. Johns Presbyterian Church.