Legislator Profile

Former Florida Senator Janet Cruz (D)
The information below was accurate during the legislator's active term.
Janet Cruz
District Address:
210A S. MacDill Avenue
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 348-1017

Capitol Address:
216 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5018
political profile
  • Senate District:18
  • First Elected:2010
  • Terms Out:2026
  • Party:Democrat
  • Delegations:Hillsborough
  • District Information:District map
  • Legislative Service:Elected to the Senate in 2018
    House of Representatives, February 23, 2010-2018
    Minority Leader, 2016-2018
    Democratic Deputy Whip, 2010-2012
  • Born:July 7 in Tampa, Florida
  • Moved to Florida:
  • Religious Affiliation:Catholic
  • Education:Hillsborough Community College, A.A., Opticianry Dispensing, 1977
  • Occupation:Optician/Healthcare Executive
  • Spouse:Dr. Steve Rifkin
  • Children:Ana Cruz, Raymond Cruz, Stephen Rifkin, Laura McCauley
  • Grandchildren:Madison McCauley, Peter McCauley, Teresa McCauley
  • Affiliations:FBI Citizens' Academy Alumni
    Hillsborough Community College Alumni Foundation
    National Association of Latino Elected Officials
    Tampa Latin Chamber of Commerce
    West Tampa Chamber of Commerce
    Women In Government
    Hillsborough County Democratic Hispanic Caucus, past Chair
    Paint Your Heart Out Tampa, past board member
    United Way Campaign CIGNA Healthcare, past Corporate Chair
  • Highlights:Aetna Healthcare, National Financial Account Manager
    CIGNA Healthcare for Seniors Group Sales, Regional Director
    CIGNA Healthcare Optical Operations, Director
    Fourth Generation Tampa/Ybor City Resident
    Pearle Vision Center, owner
    American Cancer Society, Freshmen Legislator of the Year Award, 2010
    Community Health Charities of Florida, House Member of the Year Award, 2010
    Italian Club Ladies Auxiliary, Italian American Woman of Excellence, 2010
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