Sue M. Cobb

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Sue M. Cobb

Ambassador Sue M. Cobb.jpg
26th Secretary of State of Florida
In office
December 2005 – January 2007
GovernorJeb Bush
Charlie Crist
Preceded byDavid E. Mann
Succeeded byKurt S. Browning
United States Ambassador to Jamaica
In office
September 2001 – 2005
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byStanley Louis McLelland
Succeeded byPamela E. Bridgewater
Personal details
Born1937 (age 81–82)
Los Angeles, California
Alma mater

Sue McCourt Cobb, O.J. (born 1937 in Los Angeles, California) served as Secretary of State of Florida from 2005 to 2007[1] and held the position of United States Ambassador to Jamaica from 2001 to 2005.[2] She was the first woman to be appointed to that position. She has served as Managing Director and General Counsel for Cobb Partners Inc., a private investment, venture capital, real estate and resort development company in Coral Gables, Florida. Cobb currently serves on the Board of Directors of BankUnited.[3]

Cobb received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1959. After moving to Florida in 1972, she received her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. She entered public service in 1999 as Secretary of the Florida Lottery.[4] From September 2001 to 2005, Cobb served as the United States Ambassador to Jamaica. She was Secretary of State of Florida from December 2005 to January 2007. Throughout 2002–2008, she was engaged at the U.S. Department of State's Leadership and Management School as co-chair of periodic mandatory seminars for newly designated U.S. ambassadors. The U.S. State Department Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service is awarded annually at the Department Award Ceremony to the individual selected from worldwide nominations as the most outstanding non-career United States Ambassador.

In addition to BankUnited, Cobb sits on the Board of Directors of the Center for Strategic and International Studies[5] and The Council of American Ambassadors.[6] She is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations[7] and the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami.

She has authored a book entitled The Edge of Everest, an account of her travels through China and Tibet and her attempt to be the first woman from the United States to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. She is married to Charles E. Cobb. They reside in Coral Gables, Florida. She has a grandson who is highly ranked in the popular game Fortnite, Sebi Cobb, aka "lil seb". He has also released a multitude of mixtapes, all falling flat except for one, titled, "blasting away". He owns three fish: Aquabob SquarePants, Sushi, and Swim Shady.


  1. ^ "Office history". Florida Department of State. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  2. ^ "Sue McCourt Cobb". Office of the Historian. United States Department of State. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "Board of Directors". BankUnited. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  4. ^ Timeline, Florida Lottery.
  5. ^ "Sue M. Cobb", CSIS.
  6. ^ "Summary Report", Council of American Ambassadors, Ambassadors Roundtable, 2012.
  7. ^ Membership Roster, Council on Foreign Relations.

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Political offices
Preceded by
David E. Mann
Secretary of State of Florida
Succeeded by
Kurt S. Browning
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Stanley Louis McLelland
United States Ambassador to Jamaica
Succeeded by
Pamela E. Bridgewater