Sandy has a long history of serving the community in which she lives. She served as Hillsborough County Commissioner, District 1 from 2010 to 2020. Recognized as a true leader, Sandy was elected by her fellow commissioners as Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for 2014-2015 and 2017-2018.
As Hillsborough County Commissioner, Sandy remained focused on economic development for small businesses and creating jobs as a public policy leader; transportation, where she worked with local leaders to craft future effective transportation policy; ending homelessness in the county; fighting the opioid crisis locally; tackling human trafficking through awareness and education; addressing mental health and substance issues through a successful Jail Diversion Program; and providing high-quality critical children’s services in the county through her creation of a Blue Ribbon Committee for Child Safety.
Prior to joining the County Commission, Sandy served eight years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives and was the first Republican woman to hold the position of Speaker Pro-Tempore.
Sandy has been directly involved in more than 30 organizations that support our community and enhance the lives of children and families. She is very involved with Junior Achievement, Starting Right Now, Phoenix House, Centre for Women, Tampa Museum of Art, and she spearheaded the campaign to build the Glazer Children’s Museum. She works with children in foster care through the Children’s Home Network and is a Guardian ad Litem.