Phyllis Busansky

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Phyllis Busansky
Hillsborough County, Florida Supervisor of Elections
In office
January 2009 – June 23, 2009
Preceded by Buddy Johnson
Succeeded by Earl Lennard
Hillsborough County Commissioner
In office
Personal details
Born (1937-03-03)March 3, 1937[1]
Hartford, Connecticut, USA[2]
Died June 23, 2009(2009-06-23) (aged 72)
St. Augustine, Florida
Nationality American
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Sheldon Busansky
Children Alexander Busansky, Edward Busansky and Rebecca Busansky
Alma mater Wheaton College[2]

Phyllis Busansky (March 3, 1937 – June 23, 2009) was the Democratic Commissioner of Hillsborough County, Florida from 1989 to 1997. In 1995 she was named a "Public Official of the Year" by Governing magazine, She ran in Florida's 9th congressional district election, 2006, unsuccessfully. She defeated incumbent Buddy Johnson in the November 2008 election for Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections.

Busansky served Hillsborough County in a number of roles including Aging Services Director, Human Resources Director, County Commissioner. She was the first Executive Director of Florida's welfare-to-work agency (WAGES), under former Governors Lawton Chiles and Jeb Bush. The agency had a $1.2 billion annual budget.[citation needed]


Busansky, 72, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, was attending the Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections conference in St. Augustine, Florida with members of her staff. When she didn't show up for the conference, coworkers came looking for her, and found her dead in her hotel room.[3]


  1. ^ Florida LGBT Democratic Caucus Archived April 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Michael Van Sickler (June 23, 2009). "Supervisor of Elections Phyllis Busansky dies at 72, after a lifetime of public service". Tampa Bay Times. 
  3. ^ Kim Wilmath, Emily Nipps & Mike Van Sickler (June 23, 2009). "Hillsborough Elections Supervisor Phyllis Busansky dies". Tampa Bay Times. 

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