Executive Board Bio – Lee Constantine

Lee-Constantine

Lee Constantine

Commissioner, Seminole County
Observer

Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine, a graduate of the University of Central Florida, has represented Florida as a public servant for 38 years. In 1978, he was elected the youngest official in the City of Altamonte Springs history, serving as Commissioner and Mayor for 14 years. In 1992, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he served for 8 years. In 2000, Mr. Constantine was elected to the Florida Senate representing the citizens of Orange and Seminole Counties. He served until November 2010, only ending his distinguished Senate career due to term limits. Since 2012, Lee has served as a Seminole County Commissioner being reelected without opposition in 2016.

The media has acknowledged Senator Constantine for his outstanding talent in brokering compromise, mastery of the complicated state budget process and his leadership in education, the environment and economic development. Currently, he writes a weekly article in the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida 100 Editorial page as one of ―Central Florida's most influential people in government, politics and culture.‖

Throughout his legislative career, Lee Constantine has sponsored numerous ground-breaking bills and has brought many pivotal achievements to Florida including:

Save Our Everglades (1997-2001)
Florida Unified Building Code (1998, 2000)
Florida Forever Program (1999)
Payday Loans Reform (2001)
Affordable Housing-Front Porch Florida (2002)
Pre-K Education & Class Size Reduction (2003)
Wekiva Parkway & Protection Act (2004)
Physical Education in schools (2004, 2007-08)
Medical School at UCF (2006)
Public Service Commission Reform (2006)
Florida Energy Act (2006, 2008)
Election Reform (2007)
Missing Persons Act (2008)
SunRail for Central Florida (2009)
Florida Waters & Springs Protection (2010)
Florida Recycling Act (2010)

Commissioner Constantine is serving his fourth term as Chairman of the Wekiva River Basin Commission, honoring his commitment to protect the Wekiva River while building the beltway around Central Florida. He is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Florida Conservation Coalition and on the Executive Board of 1,000 Friends of Florida. Lee Constantine is also on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Counties (where he is Chairman of the Growth Management, Agriculture, Transportation & Environment Committee), MetroPlan Orlando and is the Vice-Chairman of LYNX. He is also on the Board of Directors and is the immediate past Chair of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and the Florida Regional Planning Council.

Commissioner Lee Constantine’s passion for community service is best displayed as Founder and Chairman of Charity Challenge, Inc., established in 1987. Since its inception, Charity Challenge has evolved from a small backyard event into the largest independent charity in Central Florida, raising over $6.25 million for hundreds of Florida charities. Professionally,