Jane Castor

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Jane Castor
Mayor Jane Castor -Tampa.jpeg
59th Mayor of Tampa
Assumed office
May 1, 2019
Preceded byBob Buckhorn
Personal details
Born (1960-12-12) December 12, 1960 (age 59)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (2015–present)
Other political
Republican (1978–2015)
Domestic partnerMelanie Bevan (2002–2018)
Ana Cruz (2018–present)
EducationUniversity of Tampa (BS)
Troy University (MPA)
Castor speaking at the opening ceremonies of the 2019 Warrior Games

Jane Castor is an American politician and former police chief serving as the 59th mayor of Tampa, Florida. She was the first woman and first openly gay person to serve as Chief of Police of the Tampa Police Department from 2009 to 2015. Castor was a member of the Republican Party until 2015, when she became a member of the Democratic Party.

A lifelong resident of Tampa, Castor is the first openly gay person to be elected Mayor of Tampa and the eighth openly LGBT person to be elected mayor of a municipality in Florida.

Early life and education[edit]

She graduated from George D. Chamberlain High School in 1977 where she was offered an athletic scholarship to play women's sports for the University of Tampa. Castor was inducted into the University of Tampa's Athletic Hall of Fame following her record-breaking performance on the women's basketball and volleyball teams.[1]

Upon graduating, Castor joined the Tampa Police Department, where she served 31 years and became the city's first female Chief of Police. In 2019, Castor was also elected the first openly gay mayor in Tampa. Castor attended Chamberlain High School in Tampa and graduated in 1977.[2][3] Castor attended the University of Tampa, where she played volleyball and basketball while earning a degree in criminology. She graduated in 1981.[4] She got her Master of Public Administration from Troy State University by attending classes at MacDill Air Force Base. She also attended the FBI National Academy.[5][6][7]

Police chief[edit]

Jane Castor in 2012

Castor joined the Tampa Police Department in 1984, when she was 24.[8] She became assistant chief in 2005.[5] She was appointed as chief in 2009 and served until her retirement in 2015.[9][10][11][12][13]


In 2016 it was speculated that Castor will stand as mayoral candidate in Tampa[14]. Finally in April, 2018, she officially announced her candidacy[15]. In the 2019 Tampa mayoral election, held on March 5, 2019, Castor led all candidates, garnering 48.0% of the vote.[16] In the runoff election held on April 23, she defeated David Straz with 73% of the vote compared to Straz's 27%. She is the city's first openly lesbian mayor.[17][18] She is the eighth openly gay mayor in Florida after Richard A. Heyman of Key West, J.P. Sasser of Pahokee, Ken Keechl of Broward County, Craig Lowe of Gainesville, Dean Trantalis of Fort Lauderdale, Teri Johnston of Key West, and Justin Flippen of Wilton Manors.[19]

Personal life[edit]

She entered into a civil union with current Bradenton Police Department chief Melanie Jean Bevan in 2002 and they adopted 2 sons. Castor later separated from Bevan and has since resided with life partner, Ana Cruz, a Democratic political consultant and high powered state lobbyist. Castor resides in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa with her two sons, Seely and Sergei, and Cruz.


  1. ^ Johnston, Joey. "UT History Series: Tampa Mayor Jane Castor". Tampa Spartans. University of Tampa Athletics. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  2. ^ Taylor, Janelle Irwin. "Kathy Castor backs Jane Castor in Tampa mayoral race". floridapolitics.com. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Who is Jane Castor? Former police chief wants to be Tampa mayor". 10NEWS. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "UT Alumna Jane Castor Named Next Tampa Police Chief". University of Tampa. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Jane Castor". University of Tampa Athletics. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "Tampa's Finest: Jane Castor worked her way up the ranks to make PD history (Maddux Business Report)". By Bob Andelman. July 2, 2010. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  7. ^ "Troy University MPA". www.facebook.com. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  8. ^ Commerce, Greater Tampa Chamber of (January 19, 2017). "Leadership Tampa Alumni Honors Jane Castor with Parke Wright III Leadership Award". wordpress.com. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "Former Tampa police chief Jane Castor to run for mayor". WFLA Channel 8. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  10. ^ Lambertsen, Kristen. "Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor has last day on the job before retiring". WFLA Channel 8. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  11. ^ AP. "Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor retires after 31-year career". Gainesville.com. The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  12. ^ Bryson, Anna. "An interview with Tampa mayoral candidate Jane Castor". CL Tampa. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  13. ^ "Chief Jane Castor looks back over 31 years with Tampa police". Bay News 9. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  14. ^ https://archive.today/20200606072819/https://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/ex-top-cop-jane-castor-as-tampas-next-mayor-could-happen/2279125/
  15. ^ https://archive.today/20200606142248/https://www.tampabay.com/blogs/baybuzz/2018/04/19/former-chief-jane-castor-makes-it-official-shes-in-the-race-for-tampa-mayor/
  16. ^ ABC Staff. "Election Results". ABC Action- Bay. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  17. ^ Wilson, Kirby. "Tampa mayor election: Jane Castor easily defeats David Straz in historic race". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  18. ^ Fitzsimons, Tim (April 23, 2019). "Tampa elects first out lesbian mayor, ex-police chief Jane Castor". NBC News. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  19. ^ Kate Sullivan. "Ex-police chief Jane Castor elected first LGBTQ mayor of Tampa, Florida". CNN. Retrieved April 24, 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Buckhorn
Mayor of Tampa