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Representative  Eleanor Sobel

District 99

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Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Hollywood

Occupation:  President, Emrelle Preventive Skin Care Company, community activist, former school teacher

Spouse:  Stuart A. "Stu" Sobel, M.D. of Brooklyn, New York

Child(ren):  Emily, Rachel

Education:  Brooklyn College, B.A., History, 1967; City University of New York, M.A., 1968; Columbia University, M.A., 1975; Foreign Policy Institute for State Legislators in Washington, D.C.; Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Certificate in Leadership for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, 2003

Born:  February 11, 1946, Brooklyn, NY

History:  Barry Finegold, nephew, is currently the youngest State Representative in Massachusetts

Moved to Florida:  1976

Religious Affiliation:  Jewish

Recreational Interest:  attending cultural events, traveling, walking her dog, working out

Legislative Service

Elected to the House in 1998, reelected subsequently

Democratic Rules and Calendar Council Lead 2004-2006

Florida Legislative Women's Caucus, Chair 2004-present

National Conference of State Legislatures, 2004-2006

Speaker appointment to National Health Care Committee

Other Public Service

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Board of Directors 2004-present, Honorary Chair 2004

Hollywood Economic Growth Corporation Representative 1997-1998

Hollywood Vice Mayor, Commissioner 1992-1998

Tri-County Regional Transportation Organization 1998

Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Chair 1995-1997


Hills Democratic Club 1987-present, President 1996-1999

Hollywood Art & Culture Center 1994-present, Board Member 1998

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Travel and Tourism Committee, Founding Member 1991-present

Oaks Condominium Association 1987-present, President 1998

Police Athletic League (PAL) of Hollywood, Florida, Board of Directors 1992-present

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation for America Florida Chapter, Board of Directors 2004-2006

Broward League of Cities, Alternate Delegate 1993-1998

National League of Cities, Alternate Voting Delegate 1993-1998

State Public Affairs Chair 1990-1992

National Council of Jewish Women, President Hollywood Section 1988-1990


Advocacy Award, Florida Council on Aging 2006

Legislative Hero Award, SEIU Florida Healthcare Union 2006

Legislator of the Year, Broward County Firefighters 2006

Legislator of the Year Award, Florida Society of Dermatology 2006

Women of Valor Award, Temple Solel 2006

Art and Education Community Leadership Award, South Florida Ballet Theater 2005

Community Hero, Boys & Girls Club of Broward County 2005

Community Service Award, Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance (FAHPERD) 2005

Dedication and Naming "State Representative Eleanor Sobel Softball Field" Hollywood Hills High School 2005

Leadership Award, United Jewish Community of Broward County 2005

Legislative Leadership Award, Area Agency on Aging of Broward County 2005

Outstanding Legislator Award, Florida Association of School Psychologists (FASP) 2005

President's Award, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Florida Chapter 2005

TIMES Award, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Broward Chapter 2005

Best Politician Recognition, Columnist B. Nevins, South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2004

Certificate of Excellence, The National Conference of State Legislatures 2004

Legislator of the Year Award, Florida Medical Association 2004

Friend of Medicine Award, Florida Medical Association 2001, 2003, 2004

Woman of Distinction Award, March of Dimes 2003

Broward County Women's Hall of Fame, Inducted 2002

2002 Legislative Award, American Cancer Society

Legislative Support Award, Broward County Dietetic Association 2002

Legislative Support Award, Florida Dietetic Association 2002

Hispanic Council Award 1998

National Council of Jewish Women Hannah G. Solomon Award 1996

American Jewish Congress Woman of the Year 1995

Easter Seals Leadership Award 1995

Hurricane Andrew Emergency Relief Coordinator 1992

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