Saturday, May 23, 2015

Representative  Debbie Wasserman Schultz

District 97

Member Information

Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Davie

Occupation:  Regional Director

Child(ren):  Rebecca and Jake

Education:  University of Florida, B.A., Political Science, 1988, Student Government, Student Senate President, Rawlings Hall Area Government (Founder and President), Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary, National Residence Hall Honorary; University of Florida, M.A., Political Science, 1990, Graduate Student Council President, Graduate Assistants United; Graduate Assistant to Senator Lawton Chiles, Certificate in Political Campaigning Graduate Program

Born:  September 27, 1966, Forest Hills, NY

History:  Youngest woman ever elected to the Florida Legislature


Moved to Florida:  1984

Religious Affiliation:  Jewish

Recreational Interest:  bowling, politics, old houses, animals

Legislative Service

Elected to the House in 1992, reelected subsequently

Other Public Service

Legislative Aide to Florida State Representative Peter Deutsch 1989-1992

Florida Supreme Court Gender Bias Study Implementation Commission 1992-1996

Classrooms First Task Force 1993

Florida Education Facilities Study Committee 1994

House Committee on Higher Education Chair 1994-1996

Florida Distance Learning Network Board of Directors 1995-1997

Southern Regional Education Board Legislative Advisory Council 1995-Present

Governor's Commission on Education 1996-1998

South Florida Democratic Caucus Chai


National Safety Council South Florida Chapter Board of Directors

Planned Parenthood of Broward and South Palm Beach Board of Directors

American Jewish Congress, Southeast Region Board of Directors

Flemming Fellows Leadership Institute National Advisory Board

Jewish Federation of Greater Fort Lauderdale Young Leadership Council, Secretary 1989-1990

Broward County Young Democrats, Vice President 1991-1992, Secretary 1990-1991

Gwen Cherry Women's Political Caucus Board Member 1992-1997

Westside Regional


National Council of Jewish Women Hannah G. Soloman Award 1998

Florida Student Association Distinguished Service Award 1998

American Jewish Congress, Southeast Region, Distinguished Service Award 1998

Florida Perinatal Association Maternal Child Health Award 1996

Weizmann Institute of Science Woman of Vision 1996

South Florida Business Journal/Price Waterhouse Up and Comer Award 1996

Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Rosemary Barkett Award 1995

Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges Distinguished Service Award 1995

Florida Federation of Business & Professional Women Outstanding Legislator of the Year 1994

Metro-Dade Office of Victim Services Award for Dedication and Commitment to Victims' Rights & Services Through Legislation 1994

AMIT Woman of the Year 1994

Broward FTP-NEA Friend of Education Award 1994

Florida League of Cities Quality Floridian Award Summer 1994

Florida Commission on the Status of Women Legislative Contributions Award 1994

named as one of South Florida magazine's "Six Most Unstoppable Women" February 1994

Florida Women's Political Caucus Outstanding Freshman Legislator 1993

Florida Association of Women Lawyers Legislative Service Award 1993

Broward County Young Democrats Trailblazer of the Year 1993

Women's Advocacy Majority Minority (WAMM) Giraffe Award 1993

GUARD Ray Lisanti Memorial Human Rights Award 1993

Florida Association of Community Colleges, Broward Community College Chapter, Outstanding Leadership Award 1993

Dade County Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Advocacy for the Families of Florida 1993

named in Florida Trend magazine as one of 12 future leaders in Florida December 1993

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