Eleanor Sobel, former member, State Senate

Eleanor Sobel, a former state senator, is a champion for the people, independent thinker, and a principled public servant. 
 

First elected to the Florida Senate in 2008, she previously served in the Florida House (1998-2006), on the Broward County School Board (2006-2008) and as a Hollywood City Commissioner (1992-1998.)

A passionate believer in education as a door opener to opportunities, Sobel has two Masters’ of Arts in Teaching from Teachers College and the City University of New York.  Postgraduate pursuits have led her to Harvard’s Kennedy School-Women and Power- (2010) and the Senior Executive Program at the Kennedy School- (2003).
 
Sobel is Chairperson of the Senate Children Families and Elder Affairs Committee since 2012. She is the prime author of the recent landmark law reforming child welfare shifting the focus to “the best interest of the child.” She also led the charge, sponsored and passed legislation (2015) to reform assisted living facilities to protect our most vulnerable senior citizens.
 
Sobel is the recipient of more than 60 awards but her greatest reward is helping people to live their daily lives better by working with her community. Through teamwork the job gets done.

Eleanor is married to Stuart Sobel for 47 years, has lived in Hollywood, Florida (39years) and still lives in her first owned house. Her working class family, her father a TV repairman and her mother a bookkeeper, raised her in Brooklyn. She has 2 married daughters, Emily who is an architect in NYC and Rachel who is an ocular plastic surgeon at Vanderbilt University. With 5 young grandchildren living in other states, she travels as often as she can to see them. Her favorite leisure time activities include helping people, learning, and working out. Of course, she tries to eat healthy in a challenging environment. 

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