Mark S. Pafford

Minority Leader (2014 - 2016)

District: 86 -- Democrat

Part of Palm Beach

Committee Membership for 2014 - 2016 Term

Leadership Roles

Minority Leader (2014-2016)

Biographical Information

City of Residence:  West Palm Beach
Occupation:  CEO, Florida CHAIN
Child(ren):  Audrey, Brendan
Education:  Florida International University, B.A., Public Administration, Political Science, minor
Born:  Rural Dade County, FL
Religious Affiliation:  Jewish
Recreational Interest:  hiking and other outdoor activities, playing guitar, reading, spending time with family

Legislative Service

Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008, reelected subsequently
Democratic Policy Chair, 2012-2014
House Democratic Policy Council
Democratic Deputy Whip, 2008-2012
Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation, Chair, 2012-2013
Legislative Assistant, State Representative Lois Frankel, 1996-1997
U.S. Congressional Aide, Congressman Lawrence J. Smith, 1989-1992

Other Public Services

Appointed to Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council, March 30, 2009-November 2, 2010
Foster Care Review Board member, 2001
Interpretive Guide/Naturalist, Arch Creek Park, Dade City, 1986-1989
Youth Conservation Corps, Dade County, 1980


1000 Friends of Florida
Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council
Audubon Society
Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches
Compass, Inc.
Cypress Lakes Democratic Club
Democracy for Palm Beach County
Democratic Women's Club of Palm Beach County
Equality Florida
Everglades Legislative Caucus
Florida Alliance for Retired Americans
Florida Conservation Coalition
Florida Wildlife Federation
Golden Lakes Democratic Club
Humane Society of the United States
Lake Worth West Democratic Club
League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County
Legislative Biotechnology Caucus
Mid-County Democratic Club
National Caucus for Environmental Legislators
Palm Beach County Democratic Executive Committee
Palm Beach County Partnership for Aging
Palm Beach County Young Democrats
Palm Beach Democrats
Palm Beach State College Career Consultants Network
Sierra Club
The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches
The Nature Conservancy
United Democratic Club of Century Village
West Palm Beach Democratic Club


Florida Audubon, MVP Legislator, 2013
Florida Health Care Association, Legislative Champion for the Elderly, 2013
Florida League of Cities, Legislative Appreciation Award, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Fraternal Order of Police, Unsung Hero, 2013
Progress Florida, Middle Class Champion, 2011, 2012, 2013
National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter, Elected Official of the Year, 2011
National Association of Social Workers, Palm Beach Unit, Elected Official of the Year, 2011
Palm Beach County Business Leadership Network, Florida State Representative of the Year, 2011
Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, Co-Legislator of the Year, 2010
Florida Health Care Association, Friend of the Elderly Award, 2010
Palm Beach County League of Cities, Legislator of the Year Award, 2010
American Cancer Society, Legislative Award, 2009

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