Pam Iorio - 57th Mayor Of Tampa

Pam Iorio - 57th Mayor Of Tampa

Pam Iorio

Term: April 1, 2003 - March 31, 2011

Pam Iorio is the 57th Mayor of Tampa, the nation's 55thlargest city. Sworn into office on April 1, 2003, for a four-year term, MayorIorio established five strategic goals to guide Tampa throughout thedecade. These areas of focus are: investing in neighborhoods, economicdevelopment of our most challenged areas, creating a residential communitydowntown, efficient city government focused on customer service, andestablishing Tampa as a city of the arts.

Pam Iorio was committed to improving the quality of life in Tampa. Since herfirst month in office there had been a crackdown on street level drug dealing.The chief of police implemented aggressive community policing, which resulted in a dramatic improvement in the crime rate. The city was cleanedup through invigorated code enforcement and there was an emphasis on neighborhoodimprovements.

Tampa had continued to grow, attracting new businesses in a highly competitiveenvironment. Mayor Iorio had made the attraction of new business a priority. In2004, working with the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the county and the state,Tampa was selected for the expansion of Depository Trust and ClearingCorporation, a major Wall Street firm. 2004 also saw AACSB, the internationalassociation responsible for accrediting college and university business schools,select Tampa as their new home.

As mayor, Pam Iorio served on the Aviation Authority, the Port Authority, TampaBay Water, and the Board of Trustees of the University of Tampa.

Iorio began her political career at age 26, when she became the youngest personever elected to the Hillsborough County Commission (1985-1992). A year later herfellow commissioners elected her chairman. After serving two terms on the CountyCommission, Iorio was elected three times to the office of Supervisor ofElections for Hillsborough County (1993-2003). In 2000, she was electedPresident of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, becomingthe spokesperson for the supervisors during the 2000 presidential election. PamIorio ushered in the electronic age of voting, managing the highly successfultransition from punch card to touch-screen voting technology in 2002. Also in2002, for her work in the area of election reform, she was presented theLeadership Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award, which recognizes statewideleadership in bettering the lives of Floridians.

Iorio attended Hillsborough County public schools and graduated from AmericanUniversity in Washington D.C. with a BS Degree in Political Science. Iorio alsoearned a Master's Degree in History from the University of South Florida inTampa in 2001. She has published several articles on Tampa's civil rights andpolitical history.

Iorio is married to Mark Woodard. They have two children, Caitlin and Graham.