Maria Sachs

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Maria Sachs
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Florida State Senate, District 34
Incumbent
In office
2010 - present
Term ends
November 19, 2018
Years in position 4
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limits 2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives
2006 - 2010
Personal
BirthdayMarch 25, 1949
ProfessionProfessor
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Maria Lorts Sachs (b. March 25, 1949) is a Democratic member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 34. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Sachs served in the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 86 from 2006 to 2010.

Biography

Sachs' professional experience includes working as an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sachs served on the following committees:

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Gaming, Vice-chair
Agriculture
Education
Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security
Regulated Industries

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sachs served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sachs served on the following committees:

Issues

Sachs's sponsored legislation in the House included:

  • HB 553 - "Credit Card Rates: Defines terms "cardholder" & "issuer;" prohibits issuer of credit card from including universal default clause in issuer's credit card contract or agreement with cardholder"
  • HB 1075 - Impact Fees: Authorizes county, municipality, or special district to wholly or partially exempt by specified means affordable housing from payment of impact fees if local government conditions exemption upon specified requirements."
  • HB 1077 - Use of Deadly Force: Defines term "less-lethal munition" to include dart-firing stun gun that is designed to stun, temporarily incapacitate, or cause temporary discomfort to person."

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House website.

Campaign themes

2014

Sachs' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Texting While Driving

  • Excerpt: "Maria is fully dedicated to passing stronger legislation banning texting while driving."

Jobs and Economy

  • Excerpt: "Maria is focused on combating the foreclosure crisis and strengthening our consumer rights protections"

Education

  • Excerpt: "Maria sits on the Education Policy and Education Appropriations Committees and is intent on passing meaningful legislation to support Florida’s schools."

Elections

2014

See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Florida State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 20, 2014. Incumbent Maria Sachs was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Ellyn Bogdanoff was unopposed in the Republican primary. Sachs defeated Bogdanoff in the general election. Joseph "JB" Bensmihen (R) withdrew from the race on June 26, 2014.[3][4][5]

Florida State Senate, District 34 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Sachs Incumbent 52.1% 87,340
     Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff 47.9% 80,353
Total Votes 167,693

2012

See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Sachs won re-election in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 34. Sachs defeated Martin David Kiar in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated incumbent Ellyn Bogdanoff (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Florida State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Sachs Incumbent 52.8% 122,430
     Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff Incumbent 47.2% 109,329
Total Votes 231,759

2010

See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2010

Sachs won election to the District 30 seat of the Florida State Senate in 2010. She did not have any opposition in the August 24 primary or in the general election on November 2, 2010.[8]

2008

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Sachs won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 86th District, defeating John Sottilare (NPA). Sachs received 47,323 votes in the election while Sottilare received 10,390 votes.[9] Sachs raised $63,767 for her campaign; Sottilare raised $4,375.[10]

Florida House of Representatives, District 86
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Maria Sachs (D) 47,323 82.0%
John Sottilare (NPA) 10,390 18.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sachs is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Sachs raised a total of $875,272 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[11]

Maria Sachs's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State Senate, District 34 Won $543,253
2010 Florida State Senate, District 30 Won $95,531
2008 Florida State House, District 86 Won $63,767
2006 Florida State House, District 86 Won $172,721
Grand Total Raised $875,272

2012

Sachs won re-election to the Florida State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Sachs raised a total of $543,253.
Florida State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Maria Sachs's campaign in 2012
Florida Democratic Party$203,787
Florida Police Benevolent Association$3,000
Greenspoon & Marder$2,500
Florida Beer Wholesalers Association$2,000
Florida State Correctional Officers$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$543,253
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Sachs won election to the Florida State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Sachs raised a total of $95,531.

2008

Sachs won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Sachs raised a total of $63,767.

2006

Sachs won election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Sachs raised a total of $172,721.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 3 through May 5.[12]

Legislators are scored on their stances on "Economic Freedom issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills listed under the FCoC's "Florida's Business Agenda."[13]
Legislators are scored on their stances on "long term care issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to public safety and law enforcement officials.
Legislators are scored on their stances on marijuana.
Legislators are scored on a group of bills that LFN selects as a "cross-section of legislation."

2013

In 2013, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 5 through May 3.[14]

Legislators are scored on their stances on civil liberty issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "Economic Freedom issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills listed under the FCoC's "Florida's Business Agenda."[15]
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to public safety and law enforcement officials.
Legislators are scored on their stance on fracking.

Personal

Sachs and her husband Peter have three children. She has been a member of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce, California Bar Association, Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, Federal Bar of the Southern District of Florida, Florida Bar Association, Executive Board Member of the Jewish Association for Residential Care and the board of Kids in Distress.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nan Rich (D)
Florida State Senate 34
2012- present
Succeeded by
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Florida State Senate District 30
2010-2012
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Florida House of Representatives District 86
2006–2010
Succeeded by
Lori Berman