Mr. Mica is the Executive Director of the Florida Petroleum Council. The Florida Petroleum Council is a division of the American Petroleum Institute, a trade association with more than 500 members representing all areas of the petroleum industry including most of the nation’s major oil companies. The API develops standards and training programs, sponsors research, gathers statistical data, and undertakes advocacy programs on public issues of importance to the petroleum industry.
Following college graduation, Mica began his career working with the U.S. House of Representatives in the House Doorkeepers office. The Office of the Doorkeeper was created in 1789 to control access to the House Chamber and to oversee the press in the gallery. After this post graduation period, Mica returned to Florida and spent three years in rural Live Oak, Suwannee County, where he was one of the youngest Directors of a Chamber of Commerce in the state. Friend and noted Florida political consultant Charles Canady, Sr. recruited him in 1980 to join the staff of then U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles. Mica's focus within the Senator's office was working with constituent and community issues. He also served as the Central Florida District Assistant to the Senator where he spent countless hours traveling throughout the region during Senator Chiles Florida visits. During the Senator's last U.S. Senate campaign, Mica walked with the Senator in many of the central Florida cities the Senator had traversed during the 1970 historic walk across the state.
In 1984, he moved into legislative advocacy as the director of legislative affairs for the Florida Farm Bureau. Mica worked with the largest statewide agricultural organization during the Florida legislature's efforts to create a wetlands policy, statewide strategic plan and Florida's first significant growth management law.
Now in his 28th year with the Council, Mr. Mica has worked with Florida government on diverse industry issues such as the Florida Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Program, Florida's landmark Used Oil Recycling Program, and a comprehensive rewrite of the state's motor fuel tax laws which led to unsurpassed revenue collections for the state's coffers and relief of regulatory strangleholds for the industry. Professionally he has served on various state committees and boards including the Big Cypress Advisory Committee in assisting siting of exploration of petroleum resources and as a member of the Clean Fuels Florida Commission. He currently serves as a member of the Florida State Emergency Response Commission. He is also the co-Chair of Associated Industries of Florida Energy Council and serves on committees of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Mica is active in both community and statewide organizations. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Historical Capital Foundation,Chairman of the Museums of Florida History Foundation and is the Vice Chairman of the board of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists. He is a founder and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Keep Florida Beautiful and during his tenure as chair, the group was recognized as the Outstanding State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida Class XV and is a past Chairman of the Northwest Florida Region. He is actively involved within the Florida association community as a member of the Florida Society of Association Executives. He is a past Chairman of the Government Relations Committee, twice Chairman of their Foundation's Think Tank program and served as Co-Chairman of the Annual Conference Education Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors of the association and on its Foundation's Board. He is a member of the Southern Scholarship Foundation's Board of Directors, a member of the Tiger Bay Forum Club and a member of the Economic Club of Florida and currently Vice Chairman of their board. He is also a past President of the Board of Directors of the former Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Sciences
In 2003 he attained the American Society of Association Executives professional designation, Certified Professional Executive.
A 1977 graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Mica is a past president of the University of Florida Alumni Association, and served as a member of the Presidential Search Committee which secured current President Bernie Machen. He is past Chairman of the University of Florida Foundation Alumni Giving Committee, serves on the Political Science Department's Advisory Committee and is Chairman of the NW Regional Flagship Council. In 2003 the University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored him with an Outstanding Alumni award and he was recognized in 2005 by the University with a special award for assistance with the University's governmental relations program. He is a pro bono adjunct professor teaching a graduate course in lobbying.
David Mica resides in Tallahassee with his wife of 31 years, Karen, and they have three children who are sixth generation Floridians: David Jr. (Mary Caroline Radcliffe Mica), Julianne, and Allison.