Bob Buckhorn was sworn in as the 56th mayor of the nation's 55th
largest city on April 1, 2011. Buckhorn believes Tampa's strength is in its
diversity and he is focused on building an environment that will move Tampa to
the next level and create a strong economic climate. As Buckhorn moves forward
to assemble a team, his priorities are job creation and economic growth.
As Tampa's mayor, Buckhorn serves on several boards and governing authorities
including the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Tampa Bay Area Regional
Transportation Authority, and the Tampa Port Authority. The mayor is represented
on the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, the Metropolitan Planning
Organization, Tampa Bay Water, and the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority.
He also appoints citizens to serve on a number of other boards, committees and
authorities charged with regulating and overseeing various city operations.
Buckhorn is committed to continuously looking for ways to reduce costs and
create opportunities for economic growth. In June 2011, he formed the Economic
Competitiveness Committee to review the City of Tampa’s permitting and
regulatory processes and look for ways to improve the system. Their
recommendations resulted in upgrades including the creation of Tampa’s
Development Services Center, a one-stop permitting shop, and the switch to
Accela, an automated permitting system. Buckhorn is committed to ensuring that
Tampa is known as a place that is open for business and he will continue to
focus on building an environment that will create a strong economic climate.
A long-time supporter of the military, Buckhorn was chair of the MacDill Reuse
Advisory Committee in 1991 and served as a member of Florida's Defense
Transition and Conversion Commission. He helped lead the effort against the
closure of MacDill Air Force Base to ensure its 6,000 jobs and $2 billion
economic impact remained in Tampa. He co-chaired the Base Closure Committee that
coordinated Florida's fight to save its bases, which resulted in no base
closures for the state and a net gain in military-related jobs.
Previously, Buckhorn was the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Builders
Association of Greater Tampa and in 1987 became the Special Assistant to Mayor
Freedman. In 1995, Buckhorn was elected Tampa City Council and was the Chairman
of the Public Safety Committee, a member of the Municipal Planning Organization,
and the Chairman of the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board. In 1999,
he was reelected to the Tampa City Council for a second term with 75% of the
In 2003, Buckhorn joined the Dewey Square Group, a nationally known public
affairs company, and was principal in the Florida office. In March 2007, he
opened Buckhorn Partners, a public affairs firm based in Tampa.
Buckhorn, 53, graduated from Penn State University in 1980 with a degree in
Political Science. He is married to Dr. Catherine Lynch Buckhorn and they have