R. Z. "Sandy" Safley

District: 48 -- Republican

Parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas

Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Clearwater
Occupation:  Businessman
Child(ren):  Brad, Lauren
Education:  Middle Tennessee State University, B.S., 1968, Student Government, Intercollegiate State Senate, Circle-K President
Born:  February 4, 1946, Lebanon, TN
Moved to Florida:  1952
Religious Affiliation:  Presbyterian
Recreational Interest:  golfing, reading, fishing

Legislative Service

Elected to the House in 1988, reelected subsequently
Republican Freshman Class President 1988-1990
Leadership Committee of the House Republican Caucus
Pasco County Delegation Vice Chairman 1990
Pinellas County Delegation Vice Chairman 1990-1991 and 1994-1995, Chairman 1991-1992
Republican Policy Committee Vice Chairman and Chairman 1991-1992
Republican Policy Committee Member 1992-1994

Other Public Services

Executive Assistant to Lieutenant Governor of Florida 1969-1970
Pinellas County Board of Consumer Affairs & Appeals 1977-1978
Pinellas County Charter Review Commission 1983 and 1986
Pinellas County Sports Authority 1984-1987
Florida Marine Fisheries Commission Vice Chairman 1987-1988
Pinellas County Industry Council Board of Directors 1988-Present
Atlantic & Gulf States' Coastal Protection Compact 1990


Leadership Pinellas Alumni Association
Clearwater and Palm Harbor Chambers of Commerce
Top of the Bay Optimist Club
North Suncoast YMCA Capital Campaign Chair


Outstanding Young Men of America 1979
Dunedin Jaycees Elected Official of the Year 1989
Florida Conservation Association Legislative Conservation Award 1988-1994
Florida Conservation Association Outstanding Member of the Florida House Award 1994
Florida Wildlife Federation Conservation Legislator of the Year Award 1994
Consumer Action Network Consumer Champion Award
Florida Restaurant Association Legislative Leadership Award
Florida Association of Realtors Legislator of the Year 1990
The Nature Conservancy Preservation 2000 Leadership Award 1992
The Nature Conservancy Future Generations Award 1994
recognition from the business community through awards from The Florida Bankers Association, The Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers, and The Florida Chamber of Commerce
Florida School Board Association Legislator of the Year 1996