Gwen Margolis

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Gwen Margolis
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Member of the Florida Senate
from the 35th district
In office
November 2, 2010 – November 8, 2016
Preceded by Dan Gelber
Succeeded by Redistricted
In office
November 5, 2002 – November 4, 2008
Succeeded by Dan Gelber
Miami-Dade County Commissioner
In office
President of the Florida Senate
In office
November 1990 – November 1992
Preceded by Robert B. Crawford
Succeeded by Ander Crenshaw
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 37th district
In office
November 4, 1980 – November 3, 1992
Preceded by Kenneth M. Myers
Succeeded by Redistricted
Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 102nd district
In office
November 5, 1974 – November 4, 1980
Preceded by Ted Cohen
Succeeded by Michael Friedman
Personal details
Born (1934-10-04) October 4, 1934 (age 82)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) divorced

Gwen Margolis (born October 4, 1934) is a Democratic politician from Florida. She served three different times in the Florida Senate: from 1980 to 1992, 2002 to 2008, and 2010 to 2016. She served as Senate President for the 1990-92 term, becoming the first woman president and the last president to preside over a majority-Democratic chamber. Prior to her time in the Senate, she serve three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, from 1974 to 1980.[1]

Margolis left state government in 1992, losing to E. Clay Shaw, Jr. in an unsuccessful bid for the United States Congress. Thereafter she became a County Commissioner for Dade (now Miami-Dade) County until she returned to the State Senate.

She was previously married to Allan Margolis.

She was a candidate for the position of Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser in 2008. She received the most votes in the November 4, 2008 general election. However, due to not having received at least fifty percent of the vote plus one, she had to face the next highest vote-getter, Pedro Garcia Jr., in a December 16, 2008 run-off. She filed a lawsuit to avoid the run-off election, arguing that because the appraiser's office is a constitutional position, no runoff should be required under state law. Her lawsuit was unable to prevent the runoff election, which she lost to Garcia.[2]

Margolis again ran for the Florida Senate in 2010. She received the nomination of the Democratic Party on August 24, 2010, defeating Kevin Burns in the primary.[3]

Following a redistricting lawsuit that radically changed the makeup of her senate district, Margolis announced in June 2016 that she was ending her reelection campaign. She retired from politics after the 2016 election.[4]


  1. ^ "Fla. Senate - District 35". WPLG. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ Kyle Munzenrieder (December 17, 2008). "Democracy in Action". Miami New Times. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Florida Primary Election Results - Federal and state races -- August 24, 2010". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. August 25, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ Mazzei, Patricia; Sherman, Amy (June 9, 2016). "40 years in politics comes to abrupt end". Miami Herald. Retrieved September 4, 2016. 

External links[edit]

  • Follow the Money - Gwen Margolis