Maria Sachs

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Florida State Senate District 34
In office
Term ends
November 17, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$29,687/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits 2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives
Date of birthMarch 25, 1949
Office website
Campaign website
Maria Lorts Sachs (b. March 25, 1949) is a Democratic member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 34 since 2010. She previously served in the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 86th District from 2006-2010.

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.[1]


Campaign themes


On her website, Sachs said the following:[2]

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.[3]

Campaign themes


On her campaign website, Sachs lists four main issues she is concerned about.[4] They are:

  • Economy
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.

Committee assignments


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:


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



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.[5][6]

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


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.[7]


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.[8] Sachs raised $63,767 for her campaign; Sottilare raised $4,375.[9]

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.[10]

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


Sachs won re-election to the Florida State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Sachs raised a total of $543,253.


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


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


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

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Sachs and her husband Peter have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nan Rich (D)
Florida State Senate 34
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Florida State Senate District 30
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 86
Succeeded by
Lori Berman