Mayor Buddy Dyer |

Mayor Buddy Dyer

Mayor Buddy Dyer

Buddy Dyer is the 32nd Mayor of the City of Orlando. He has been Mayor since 2003 when he was elected in a special election to complete the last year of an existing term. A successful attorney in private practice, Mayor Dyer was first elected to public office in 1992. He served Orlando in the Florida Senate for ten years, being reelected twice. During that time, his colleagues, recognizing his outstanding leadership skills, elected him as their Senate Democratic Leader, a position he held for three years.

Prior to his public service, Mayor Dyer worked as an environmental engineer and practiced law. He earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Brown University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the University of Florida Law Review and a member of Florida Blue Key. He graduated with honors and received the highest score on the Florida Bar Exam that year.

Mayor Dyer was born in Orlando and raised in nearby Kissimmee. He and his wife Karen, an attorney, have two sons, Trey and Drew.

In 2004, the citizens of Orlando re-elected him to his first, full four-year term. In January 2008, Orlando residents overwhelmingly re-elected him for a second full term.

Upon taking office, Mayor Dyer outlined a bold list of initiatives to accomplish during his tenure in office: solve the City’s budget crisis; revitalize downtown with jobs, entertainment and cultural opportunities; restore the Parramore Heritage Community to its original vibrancy; create top-rated educational facilities; enhance neighborhood amenities such as parks and community centers; and diversify the economy/create a living wage for families.

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