Democrat Lois Frankel

House
Lois Frankel

Birthdate: May 16, 1948
Birth Place: New York, NY, United States
Residence: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Religion: Judaism
Gender: Female

Candidacy

Party: Democratic
State: Florida
Office: House
District: District 22

Education

Undergraduate: Boston University

Degree: BA

Graduate: Georgetown University

Degree: JD

Lois Frankel was born and raised in New York City. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Boston University and a law degree from Georgetown University.

She first entered public life in 1986, as a representative in the Florida Legislature. She served until 1992, then again from 1995 to 2002. In 2002, she became mayor of West Palm Beach, Fla., serving through 2011.

Frankel is divorced and has a son.

Profile

Lois Frankel is the Democratic candidate for Florida's 22nd Congressional District, facing Republican Adam Hasner in the general election.

Frankel seeks a national political voice after years in state and local politics, as a state representative from 1986 to 1992 and again from 1995 to 2002. Her legislative highlights included bills that regulated day care centers and the tobacco industry.

From 2002 through 2011, Frankel served as mayor of West Palm Beach, Fla. She focused on economic development, neighborhood revitalization and several major projects. Construction of the City Center complex, including a new library and city hall, was completed under her tenure, and she was instrumental in the development of the Northwood area, working to recruit businesses and create grants and loans to support them.

Mindful the economy is governing many voters' choice at the ballot box, she has pledged to continue working with small businesses to provide incentives for job creation, to promote environmentally friendly technologies to stir new growth and to improve education, with the belief that strong schools are linked to a strong economy.

She's also sought to appeal to major constituencies of the 22nd District by telling seniors she "will resist any efforts to cut benefits" from Medicare and Social Security, by insisting her commitment to Israel is steadfast and by telling women she will always support their reproductive rights.

Source: Associated Press

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