Legislator Profile

Former Florida Senator Maria Lorts Sachs (D)
The information below was accurate during the legislator's active term.
Maria Lorts Sachs
District Address:
Delray Beach City Hall
100 NW 1st Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444
(561) 279-1427

Capitol Address:
216 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5034
political profile
  • Senate District:34
  • First Elected:2010
  • Terms Out:2018
  • Party:Democrat
  • Delegations:Broward,Palm Beach
  • District Information:Map
  • Legislative Service:Elected to the Senate in 2010, reelected subsequently
    Minority (Democratic) Whip, 2011-2012
    House of Representatives, 2006-2010
  • Born:March 25, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Moved to Florida:1976
  • Religious Affiliation:Catholic
  • Education:University of Miami, J.D.
    Boston University, M.A.
    University of Maryland, B.A. Cum Laude
  • Occupation:Attorney, Constitutional Law
  • Spouse:Peter Sachs of Berlin, Germany
  • Children:Natasha, Marcello, Taylor
  • Affiliations:Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Member
    Boca, Delray, Boynton Beach Democratic Club, former Vice President
    Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Member
    Broward County Women Lawyers Association, former President
    California Bar Association, Member
    Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, Member
    Federal Bar of the Southern District of Florida, Member
    Florida Association for Women Lawyers, former President
    Florida Bar Association, Member
    National Organization for Women (NOW), Member
    Palm Beach County Juvenile Detention Center, 15th Circuit, Advisory Board Chairperson
    Statewide Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Member
    University of Maryland, former Associate Professor
  • Highlights:Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Outstanding Legislator Award
    Introduced Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to Joint Session of the Florida House and Senate
    Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 758, Special Recognition Award
    Phi Theta Kappa, Honorary Member of Delta Omicron Chapter at Palm Beach
    Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, Champion of Judicial Independence Award, 2011
    GREY2KUSA, Leadership Award, 2011
    Awards Ceremony for Teachers of Palm Beach County, Polished Apple Award, 2011
    The Voters Coalition - Palm Beach County, Award for Public service and dedication, 2011
    Florida Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association, 2011 Legislator of the Year
    Florida Bar Family Law, Legislative Award of Merit, 2010
    American Jewish Congress, Distinguished Civic Achievement Award, 2009
    Veterans of Foreign Wars, Florida's Legislative Award, 2008
    Chinese Language Teachers Association, FL, Certificate of Appreciation, 2008
    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Certificate of Appreciation, 2006
    B'Nai B'rith Greater Florida Region, Distinguished Humanitarian Award
    Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida (ICUF), All Star Award
    National Association of Women Business Owners, Vista Award
    Order of the Sons of Italy, Great Humanitarian Award
    Palm Beach County Business Leadership Network - Business Leaders Award; Florida Senator of the Year
    The Key to the City of Boca Raton
  • Former Service:Represented Florida as a speaker at the Nobel Peace Summit on Human Trafficking, Berlin, Germany
    Met with AJC representatives in Berlin regarding post-Holocaust refugee camps
    Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Lion of Judah
    Assistant State Attorney, Miami-Dade and Broward Counties
    Appointed by Governor Crist to the Florida Statewide Task Force on Human Trafficking, 2009
    Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation 2009-2010, Chair; 2008-2009, Vice Chair
    Circuit Fifteen Juvenile Justice Commission, Executive Board
    Executive Board Member of T.A.G. (Together Against Gangs)
    Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC), Supporter
    Kids in Distress, Advisory Board Member
    "Scared Straight" Program, Dade County
    South Tech Executive Board, Member
    Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Broward County, former President
    Women for Excellence, Inc., Founder and former President
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