Maria Lorts Sachs

District: 86 -- Democrat

Part of Palm Beach

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 Services

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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