Sunday, May 24, 2015

Representative  Dan Gelber Minority Leader
(2006 - 2008)

District 106

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Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Miami Beach

Occupation:  Partner, Akerman Senterfitt Law Firm, Miami

Spouse:  Joan Silverstein of Miami

Child(ren):  Sophie, Hannah, Max

Education:  Tufts University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1982; University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1985; Truman Scholar

Born:  November 26, 1960, Miami Beach, FL

History:  wife, Joan Silverstein, Federal Prosecutor; brother-in-law, John Barker, United States I.C.E. Prosecutor; father, Seymour Gelber, Mayor of Miami Beach, Circuit Judge, Miami-Dade 1974, Chief Assistant State Attorney, Legislative Aide to State Senator Joe Eaton; mother, Edith and Sister, Judy, Public School Teachers

Religious Affiliation:  Jewish

Recreational Interest:  basketball, football

Legislative Service

Elected to the House in 2000, reelected subsequently

Democratic Message Coordinator 2004-2006

Democratic Leader 2006-2008

Other Public Service

Chief Counsel to former United States Senator Sam Nunn 1994-1996

Staff Director of the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations 1994-1996

Assistant United States Attorney Southern District of Florida 1986-1994 (Public Corruption and Civil Rights Units)


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, volunteer Big Brother 1985-present, past President

Camp Fiesta Summer Oncology Camp, Co-Founder and volunteer counselor 1985-present

Do the Write Thing, Chairman 1998-2000

United Way Board of Trustees 1997-present


South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyer" 2005

Best Lawyers in America 2004

Florida Trend, Legal Elite 2004

Legal Aide, Legislative Champion 2004

The Florida Bar, President's Legislative Award 2004

Communications Workers of America, "Most Effective Representative" 2002-2003

Florida Association of Counties, County Champion Award 2003

United HomeCare Services, Claude Pepper Memorial Award 2003

Florida Police Chiefs Association, Legislative Award 2002

State of Israel Bonds City of Peace Award 2002

The Trust for Public Land, Legislative Leadership Award 2001

Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, House Leadership Award

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