Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Representative  Maria Lorts Sachs

District 86

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Member Information

Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Delray Beach

Occupation:  Attorney, Constitutional Law

Spouse:  Peter Sachs of Berlin, Germany

Child(ren):  Natasha, 23, Marcello, 21, Taylor, 20

Education:  University of Maryland, B.A., Cum Laude; Boston University, M.A.; University of Miami, J.D.

Born:  March 25, Battle Creek, MI

History:  Russell F. Lorts, father, decorated combat Veteran, U.S. Army Infantry, World War II; mother, Italian war bride, World War II

Moved to Florida:  1976

Religious Affiliation:  Catholic

Recreational Interest:  autocross, equestrian

Legislative Service

Elected to the House in 2006, reelected subsequently

Democratic Deputy Whip

Other Public Service

Appointed by Governor Crist to the Florida Statewide Task Force on Human Trafficking, 2009-2011

Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation 2008-2009, Vice Chair

Circuit Fifteen Juvenile Justice Commission, Executive Board

Executive Board Member of T.A.G. (Together Against Gangs)

Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC), Executive Board Member

Kids in Distress, Board Member

"Scared Straight" Program, Dade County

South Tech Executive Board, Member


Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Member

Boca, Delray, Boynton Beach Democratic Club, former Vice President

Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Member

Broward County Women Lawyers Association, former President

California Bar Association, Member

Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, Member

Federal Bar of the Southern District of Florida, Member

Florida Association for Women Lawyers, former President

Florida Bar Association, Member

National Organization for Women (NOW), Member

Palm Beach County Juvenile Detention Center, 15th Circuit, Chairperson

Statewide Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Member

University of Maryland, former Associate Professor

Women for Excellence, Founder, former President


2009 Recipient of the American Jewish Congress Distinguished Civic Achievement Award

2008 recipient of the Florida’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Legislative Award

1st Annual Distinguished Humanitarian Award recipient from B'Nai B'rith Greater Florida Region

Great Humanitarian Award from the Order of the Sons of Italy

Legislative Award of Merit, Florida Bar Family Law Section

Vista Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners

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