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|57th Mayor of Tampa|
April 1, 2003 – March 31, 2011
|Preceded by||Dick A. Greco|
|Succeeded by||Bob Buckhorn|
|Supervisor of Elections
1993 - 2003
|Board of County Commissioners
1985 - 1993
|Born||April 27, 1959
|Children||Caitlin and Graham|
|Alma mater||American University (B.S.)
University of South Florida (M.A.)
Her first book, Straightforward, was released in November 2011. In the book she draws from her own experiences and shares the skills and characteristics needed to become an effective leader.
On April 1, 2003, she was sworn in as Mayor of Tampa, becoming the second woman to hold the office. Her first term dealt largely with re-energizing the downtown area, as well as the economic revitalization of Tampa’s most neglected neighborhoods. Iorio was also a big supporter of the arts, working to make Tampa a major arts center in the South. Iorio has also been credited with a sharp drop in drug trafficking in the city limits and a significant drop in major crimes. In her second term, Iorio advocated for improved mass transit, favoring a multi-modal plan which included a light rail system.
In 1985, at the age of 26, she became the youngest person ever elected to the Hillsborough County Commission. For a decade before her successful run for mayor, she served as Supervisor of Elections for Hillsborough County. During the 2000 presidential election recount, she was the president of the State Association of County Elections Supervisors propelling her into the role of spokesperson.
In her official capacity as mayor, Iorio represented the city at important events such as the opening of the Tampa Bay History Center on January 17, 2009. On January 28, 2010, when Iorio welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Governor of Florida Charlie Crist, and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, all of whom came to the University of Tampa for a national "Town Hall Meeting" to announce federal funding for Florida High Speed Rail and other projects.
She moved with her family to Temple Terrace as an infant and attended Hillsborough County public schools.
Iorio has been married to Mark Woodard, assistant county administrator for Pinellas County, since 1987 (she did not take her husband's last name), and they have two children, Caitlin and Graham.
Her father John Iorio, an Italian immigrant and a professor at the University of South Florida, died on February 7, 2007 after a battle with cancer.
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