Teresa Jacobs

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Teresa Jacobs
Portrait Teresa Jacobs.jpg
Chair of the Orange County Public School Board
Assumed office
November 19, 2018
Preceded byBill Sublette
4th Mayor of Orange County
In office
January 4, 2011 – November 19, 2018
Preceded byRichard Crotty
Succeeded byJerry Demings
Member of the Orange County Commission
from the 1st district
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byBob Freeman[1]
Succeeded byScott Boyd[2]
Personal details
Born (1958-04-06) April 6, 1958 (age 64) [3]
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Bruce Jacobs
Residence(s)Orange County, Florida
Alma materFlorida State University

Teresa Jacobs (born April 6, 1958 in Baltimore, Maryland) is the current chairwoman of the Orange County Public School Board.[4] Jacobs previously served as Mayor of Orange County from 2011 until taking office as school board chair in November 2018, also having represented district 1 on the Orange County Board of County Commissioners from 2000 to 2008.

Early life, education, and family[edit]

Jacobs was raised in Miami and Jupiter, Florida. She is a graduate of Florida State University, graduating cum laude with a degree in economics. Teresa Jacobs is married to Bruce. They have four children together.

Early business career[edit]

Teresa Jacobs moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1981. She was Assistant Vice President of National Bank of Georgia, Atlanta from 1981 to 1989.[5]

Political career[edit]

Teresa Jacobs represented District 1 on the Board of County Commissioners, which encompasses southwest Orange County from Winter Garden to Hunter's Creek. She was elected in 2000, re-elected in 2004, and stepped down in 2008 due to term limits. Jacobs was credited with championing new ethics rules for county elected officials, and successfully strengthening local laws to prevent school overcrowding.[citation needed] She was elected President of the Florida Association of Counties in 2007.[5]

2010 Orange County Mayor campaign[edit]

Jacobs announced that she planned to run for Mayor of Orange County in 2010. Jacobs was the last candidate to enter the race. She was opposed by Bill Segal, Linda Stewart, and Matthew Falconer. On August 24, 2010, Linda Stewart (19%) and Matthew Falconer (15%) were eliminated in the primary election. Teresa Jacobs (42%) and Bill Segal (22%) both advanced to the general election in a run off. In the general election on November 2, 2010, Teresa Jacobs resoundingly defeated Bill Segal, 68% - 32%, despite being out fund raised 2-1.[6]

2014 Orange County Mayor campaign[edit]

Despite Val Demings having been in the race early on, she dropped out leaving Teresa Jacobs winning the election unopposed.

Electoral history[edit]

Orange County Commission District 1 2000
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Teresa Jacobs 11,554 68
Republican Bob Freeman (incumbent) 4,610 27
Republican Mike McEvers 826 4
Total votes 16,990 100
Orange County Commission District 1 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Teresa Jacobs (Unopposed) N/A N/A
Orange County Mayor 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Teresa Jacobs 164,207 68
Democratic Bill Segal 78,476 32
Total votes 243,683 100
Orange County Mayor 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Teresa Jacobs (Unopposed) N/A N/A

Current or Previous State and Regional Boards[edit]

  • President, Florida Association of Counties (FAC)
  • Chair, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC)
  • Member, Central Florida MPO Alliance, Member
  • Chair, Central Florida Smart Growth Alliance (CFSGA)
  • Member, MetroPlan Orlando Board
  • Gubernatorial Appointee, Wekiva River Basin Commission
  • Member, Myregion.org Executive Board of Directors
  • Member, Florida Transportation Plan Steering Committee
  • International Drive Master Transit and Improvement District Governing Board, Chair Person
  • Lynx Board of Directors
  • Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, Board of Directors
  • Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, Finance Committee
  • Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA), Board of Directors
  • Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission (Sunrail), Vice Chairman
  • Visit Orlando Board, Ex-Officio Director
  • County Executives of America, Board of Directors
  • Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida
  • Tourism Development Council (TDC), Chairman
  • Central Florida Regional Commission on Homelessness, Co-Chair
  • Congress of Regional Leaders, Member
  • MyRegion.Org, Executive Board of Directors
  • St. John’s River Alliance

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - Orange County Commission - District 1 Race - Sep 11, 2000".
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - Orange County Commission - District 1 Race - Aug 31, 2004".
  3. ^ "Teresa Jacobs birth date reference". FamilySearch.org. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  4. ^ Hudak, Stephen (November 13, 2018). "Mayor Teresa Jacobs wraps up 16-year run with Orange County government". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  5. ^ a b [1] Campaign bio page Archived May 31, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ [2] November 03, 2010 By David Damron, Orlando Sentinel
Political offices
Preceded by Mayor of Orange County
Succeeded by

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