Welcome To The Lee County Property Appraiser's Office
Matt Caldwell is a 7th generation Florida native, whose family came to Micanopy in 1826. Matt was born in Gainesville but grew up in Lee County
where he met his wife, Yvonne. They live there today, where Yvonne serves as an educator and they raise their daughter, Ava.
Lee County Property Appraiser
Matthew H. Caldwell
After attending local schools in Lee County, Matt received his Associates Degree from Edison College and his Bachelor of Arts in History from
Florida Gulf Coast University. While in college he began his career as a real estate appraiser, ultimately joining the firm of Maxwell, Hendry, Simmons
in 2004, where he remains of counsel. He has attained the highest state certification in his field and is qualified as an expert witness in multiple
states and federal court. In 2019, Matt become a partner at TM Strategic Consulting, focused on candidate and political consulting.
Prior to running for public office, Matt volunteered for appointment to various governmental committees regarding financial oversight, audits, Everglades
restoration, land use and transportation, as well as the 2008 constitutional review of the Lee County Charter.
Matt was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2010-2018, serving on and chairing several committees including: tax policy, redistricting,
insurance and banking, agriculture and natural resources/public lands, transportation and infrastructure, local, federal, and military affairs, and oversight of
government operations, such as pensions and elections. He is proud to have sponsored, and have the Governor sign into law, dozens of bills, including those
related to agriculture, natural resources, public safety, cannabis reform, medical care, criminal justice reform, pensions and term limits, among others.
In 2020, Matt was elected to serve as the Lee County Property Appraiser, following the retirement of 40-year incumbent Ken Wilkinson. As the author of
numerous Constitutional Amendments, including Save Our Homes, Working Waterfronts, and Portability, Ken set a standard of excellence for public service.
Matt is proud to continue Ken’s legacy as an advocate for the taxpayer; using the platform as a Constitutional Officer to support good government at the
local, state, and federal level.