(1948 - )
Lois Frankel is an American Jewish attorney, congresswoman,
and former mayor.
Born Lois Jane Frankel on May 17, 1948 in New York
City, Frankel earned her BA from Boston University in Massachusetts in 1970. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center
in Washington, D.C. in 1973. The
following year, she moved to West Palm Beach, Florida.
In 1986, Frankel ran for and won a seat in the Florida
House of Representatives. She served in the Florida House from then
until 2002, when she left office due to term limits. While in the House,
she was the State House Majority Whip, and from 1995 to 2002 she became
the first female House Minority Leader in Florida’s
In 2003, Frankel defeated the incumbent and won her
election for mayor of West Palm Beach. During her tenure as mayor, Frankel
brought countless “jobs and opportunity to the city … oversaw
the remarkable revitalization of the downtown district and made West
Palm Beach a more attractive place for companies to do business,”
her congressional campaign website stated.
Frankel has been a champion for seniors, families,
and small businesses. As the mother of a U.S. Marine veteran, she knows
what true family sacrifice means. She is committed to protecting Social
Security and Medicare, and believes in tax breaks for the middle class
and eliminating loopholes for large oil companies. After two terms as
mayor, Frankel left office, again due to term limits.
In 2012, Frankel was elected to the U.S.
Congress after defeating Republican Adam Hasner in the election
for congressperson of Florida’s
22nd congressional district. She won re-election in 2014 after running unopposed in the primary and defeating Republican Paul Spain in the general election.
Frankel for Congress;
Wikipedia; Photo courtesy Lois
Frankel for Congress