|Florida State Senate District 34|
|November 17, 2014|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 terms (8 years)|
|Florida House of Representatives|
|Birthday||March 25, 1949|
Sachs is a former Associate Professor at the University of Maryland.
She is 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 Board Member of Kids in Distress.
On her website, Sachs said the following:
Job creation/unemployment assistance: "Florida is working its way out of a steep recession. Yet, we are not alone in our struggle. Funding from the federal government has helped to feed the hungry, to aid the recently unemployed, to keep our teachers in the classroom, and to support our infrastructure projects."
Consumer rights: "If a company puts a product on the U.S. market, they should be prepared to reap the benefits, but also stand behind their product when things don’t go as planned."
"Innovation Economy:" "Florida is in a unique position to capitalize on the momentum of the emerging innovation economy of the 21st century. Our top tier research institutions have a prodigious commitment to leading our nation in innovation in the life sciences and high tech sectors. Industry leaders, entrepreneurs,and scientists alike have laid the groundwork in the development of innovation clusters focusing on biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and information technology...."
Sachs did not provide answers to the Florida State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.
On her campaign website, Sachs lists four main issues she is concerned about. They are:
- Excerpt: "Mortgage reform, education and employment training assistance is needed to ensure that families are given every opportunity to stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure. Maria is also fighting to bolster Florida’s economy by fostering an environment conducive to creating more jobs and new industries."
- Health Care
- Excerpt: "Maria understands that affordable health care isn’t a luxury, its an absolute necessity. The recent health care bill will provide immediate benefits to her constituents and to the residents of the greater Palm Beach and Broward county area, but even more can be done by the state of Florida."
- Public Safety
- Excerpt: "Our police and firefighteres make up the backbone of our community, and Maria will support them in Tallahassee so they can support our community in District 30."
- 21st Century Woman
- Excerpt: "There are so many caucuses already, including black caucuses, the business caucuses, labor unions, etc., but do we really need another caucus? Until ALL women are treated on an equal parity with men, we need a woman’s caucus."
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 site.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sachs served on the following committees:
|Florida Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Gaming, Vice-chair|
|• Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security|
|• Regulated Industries|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sachs served on these committees:
|Florida Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Regulated Industries, Vice-chair|
|• Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities|
|• Higher Education|
|• Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security|
|• Legislative Auditing|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sachs served on these committees:
|Florida Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Energy & Utilities Policy|
- 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.
|Florida State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Maria Sachs Incumbent||52.8%||122,430|
|Republican||Ellyn Bogdanoff Incumbent||47.2%||109,329|
- See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2010
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. Sachs raised $63,767 for her campaign; Sottilare raised $4,375.
|Florida House of Representatives, District 86|
|Maria Sachs (D)||47,323||82.0%|
|John Sottilare (NPA)||10,390||18.0%|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, a year in which Sachs was up for re-election, she collected $95,531 in donations.
His four largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Florida Cable Telecommunications Association||$1,500|
|Rooney, Patrick J||$1,000|
Below are Sachs's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|FL Assoc of Realtors||$2,000|
|Hospital Corporation of America||$2,000|
|Ellis & Ged PA||$1,000|
|Southern Wine & Spirits||$1,000|
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Maria + Sachs + Florida + Senate
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Timely Justice Act, Measure Speeding Up Executions, Approved By Florida Senate - Huffington Post
- Senate passes bill to uncap rates for new Citizens customers - Palm Beach Post
- West Boynton gets rundown of legislative session - Sun-Sentinel
- Senate back tougher expert witness requirements - The News-Press
- Domestic Squabbles: Residency Prerequisites Are Outdated and Rather Stupid - Huffington Post (blog)
- Florida again fails to pass needed parasailing regulation - Sun-Sentinel
- Bill rejected for parasailing safety regulations, businesses stick to self ... - WPTV
- Anne Gannon: Government in action - Palm Beach Post
- Parasail safety bill unlikely to pass - Marco Island Sun Times
- Fla. Legislature Votes To Shift Expert Testimony Standard - Law360 (subscription)
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Sachs and her husband Peter have three children.
- Campaign website
- Senate website
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006
- Maria Sachs on Facebook
- Maria Sachs on Twitter
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Sachs Biography
- ↑ Maria Sachs, "Issues," retrieved November 3, 2012.
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Sachs Issue Positions
- ↑ Maria Sachs campaign website, "Issues"
- ↑ Florida Division of Elections "Candidate List" Accessed April 15, 2012
- ↑ Florida Division of Elections, Official Primary Results
- ↑ Florida Election Watch - Election results
- ↑ Florida House official election results for 2008
- ↑ District 86 Florida House candidate funds, 2008
- ↑ 2010 contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
Nan Rich (D)
|Florida State Senate 34
| Succeeded by|
|Florida State Senate District 30
| Succeeded by|
|Florida House of Representatives District 86
| Succeeded by|