Steven Geller

Steven Anthony Geller (born November 4, 1958) is an American attorney and politician who serves on the Broward County Commission for District 5. As of November 2020, Geller is the mayor of Broward County and was the former vice mayor from November 2019 till November 2020.[2]

Steven A. Geller
Steve Geller headshot.jpg
Member of the
Broward County Commission
from the 5th district
Assumed office
November 22, 2016
Preceded byLois Wexler[1]
Mayor of Broward County
In office
November 17, 2020[2] – November 16, 2021[3]
Vice MayorMichael Udine[2]
Preceded byDale Holness[2]
Succeeded byMichael Udine[4]
Vice Mayor of Broward County
In office
November 19, 2019 – November 17, 2020
MayorDale Holness
Preceded byDale Holness[5]
Succeeded byMichael Udine[2]
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 31st district
In office
January 2003 – January 2009
Preceded byDebby P. Sanderson
Succeeded byEleanor Sobel
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 29th district
In office
March 1998 – January 2003
Preceded byKen Jenne
Succeeded byM. Mandy Dawson
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 101st district
In office
January 1993 – March 1998
Preceded byMichael Abrams
Succeeded byKenneth A. Gottlieb
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 98th district
In office
January 1989 – January 1993
Preceded byIrma S. Rochlin
Succeeded bySteven B. Feren
Minority leader of the Florida Senate
In office
2006–2008
Preceded byLes Miller
Succeeded byAl Lawson
Personal details
Born
Steven Anthony Geller[6]

(1958-11-04) November 4, 1958 (age 63)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Laurel Leffler
Children2
EducationFlorida State University (BA, JD)

Early life and education

Geller was born in The Bronx and moved to Florida with his family in 1969. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1979 and a Juris Doctor in 1982, both from Florida State University.[7]

Career

Law

Geller is an actively practicing attorney. He was a shareholder at the national law firm of Greenspoon Marder,[8] and is the principal of Geller Law Firm, P.A.,[9] where he practices in the areas of eoning and land use, gaming law, lobbying and administrative law, first party property insurance law, and commercial litigation. He has been practicing law since 1982, is A-V rated by Martindale Hubbell,[6] has been listed in Florida Superlawyers, and the Bar Register of Distinguished Attorneys. He is of-counsel to the law firm of Sachs Sax Caplan.[10]

Politics and government

A Democrat, he previously served in the Florida Legislature from 1988 to 2008. He was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1988 through 1999.[11][12][13][14] He was elected to the Florida Senate in a special election in 1999, and re-elected until term limits forced his retirement in 2008.[15][16][17][18][19] He served as Senate Minority (Democratic) Leader from 2006 to 2008.[20] Geller was appointed by different Republican Senate presidents as a committee chair in 2000 and again in 2002.[21] Geller also served as the Democratic ranking member on numerous committees, and co-chaired the Select Committee on Property Insurance Accountability.[22]

He serves as chair of the South Florida Regional Planning Council,[23] on the board of directors of the Florida Association of Counties,[24] as chair of the Broward County Water Advisory Board,[25] and on the Broward County Cultural Council.[26] Geller was first elected to the Broward County Commission in 2016,[1] and was re-elected without opposition in 2020.[27]

Geller served as a national leader in several different legislative organizations. He served on many committees and as national president of both the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL)[28] and the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS). Geller also served as Chairman of the National Public Sector Gaming Study Commission. Geller currently serves as the pro bono General Counsel of NCLGS.[29]

Geller served and serves on many Democratic organizations. He was a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2008. He served as parliamentarian of the Florida Democratic Party from 1982 to 1996 and as state president of the Florida Young Democrats in 1980–1981. He currently serves on the state executive committee of the Florida Democratic Party. He also serves as chair of the Real Solutions Caucus, a group of approximately 35 current and former Broward County Democratic elected officials.

He is a past chairman of the board of the Holocaust Documentation & Education Center (HDEC).

Personal life

He is married to Laurel Geller (née Leffler) and has two sons.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ a b "Our Campaigns - Broward County Commissioner 5 Race - Nov 08, 2016". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Steve Geller named Broward County mayor". 17 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Michael Udine appointed new mayor of Broward County". 16 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Michael Udine appointed new mayor of Broward County". 16 November 2021.
  5. ^ "New mayor elected for Broward County".
  6. ^ a b "Steven Anthony Geller, Esq. Lawyer Profile on Martindale.com". www.martindale.com.
  7. ^ "Former Florida Senator Steven A. Geller (D) | LobbyTools". public.lobbytools.com. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  8. ^ "Greenspoon Marder Shareholder Steve Geller speaks on Florida's Water Loss Crisis at the Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate's Forum". Greenspoon Marder LLP. June 21, 2016.
  9. ^ "About Steve | Geller Law Firm".
  10. ^ "Sachs Sax Caplan, P.L. - Steven Geller". ssclawfirm.com.
  11. ^ "Our Campaigns - FL State House 098 Race - Nov 08, 1988". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  12. ^ "Our Campaigns - FL State House 098 Race - Nov 06, 1990". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  13. ^ "Our Campaigns - FL State House 101 Race - Nov 03, 1992". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  14. ^ "Our Campaigns - FL State House 101 Race - Nov 05, 1996". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  15. ^ "Our Campaigns - FL State Senate 29 - Special Race - Mar 17, 1998". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  16. ^ "Our Campaigns - FL State Senate 29 Race - Nov 07, 2000". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  17. ^ "Our Campaigns - FL State Senate 31 Race - Nov 05, 2002". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  18. ^ "Our Campaigns - FL State Senate 31 Race - Nov 02, 2004". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  19. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Steven A. Geller". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  20. ^ https://flsenate.gov/Senators/2006-2008/S31/4598[bare URL]
  21. ^ "Senator Geller - The Florida Senate".
  22. ^ "Select Committee on Property Insurance Accountability Committee Page - The Florida Senate".
  23. ^ "Steve Geller Assumes Council Chairmanship". SFRPC. 19 November 2020.
  24. ^ "Leadership | Florida Association of Counties". www.fl-counties.com.
  25. ^ "Water Resources WAB Members".
  26. ^ "Board Members".
  27. ^ Man, Anthony. "Politicians in Broward and Palm Beach counties are coasting back into office — without facing voters on election day". sun-sentinel.com.
  28. ^ "NCOIL Elects Florida State Sen. Steve Geller President at Annual Meeting — National Association of Professional Insurance Agents" – via pianet.com.
  29. ^ "Sports betting to be the focus of the upcoming Legislators from Gaming States' Meeting". www.yogonet.com.

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Florida House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 98th district

1988–1992
Succeeded by
Steven B. Feren
Preceded by
Michael Abrams
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 101st district

1992–1998
Succeeded by
Florida Senate
Preceded by Member of the Florida Senate
from the 29th district

1998–2002
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the Florida Senate
from the 31st district

2002–2008
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minority Leader of the Florida Senate
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Lois Wexler
Member of the Broward County Commission
from the 5th district

2016–present
Incumbent
Preceded by Vice Mayor of Broward County
2019–2020
Succeeded by
Michael Udine
Preceded by
Dale Holness
Mayor of Broward County
2020–present
Incumbent