Having lived in Broward County for over thirty years, Commissioner Lois Wexler has seen a lot of growth and with it a lot of change. Throughout her career she has been a champion of good public policies and procedures designed to strengthen government accountability. She realizes that with good processes, good government will happen. Her record reveals her dedication and leadership.
In November 2004, Lois Wexler was elected to the Board of Broward County Commissioners to represent the residents of District 5. District 5 includes Cooper City and the Town of Southwest Ranches, as well as portions of Davie, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Sunrise and Weston. In 2007 she was elected by her peers to serve as Broward County Mayor. Her term in public service began in 1992, when she was elected to the School Board of Broward County where she served until 2004.
Providing for the needs of children and our elderly population is critical and one of the Commissioner’s priorities. In her tenure as a County Commissioner she has served on various committees, including the Children’s Services Board and Broward Aging Alliance. She organized an Elder Summit to assess the needs of elder residents in our community. She was also instrumental in organizing a Youth Anti-Violence Summit.
Public safety is a priority in every community. Commissioner Wexler co-chaired the E-911 Broward County Consolidated Communications Committee last year. Issues such as consolidation, system efficiency and financing had been in dispute for years. This committee finalized a report that moved forward the creation of a new consolidated 911 system which will serve all of Broward County.
Bringing together community partnerships, Commissioner Wexler was instrumental in launching a countywide public relations campaign which has become known as the “Look Before You Lock” program. The campaign included the use of billboards, promotional materials and public service announcements reminding everyone to be safe and alert when children are being transported whether by a childcare facility or a personal vehicle.
Commissioner Wexler is committed to addressing matters relating to affordable housing and the juvenile justice system and providing for those in our community who face challenges in everyday life. To that end, she currently serves on the Housing Council and School Oversight Committee; she serves as the Commission representative to the 17th Circuit Court Juvenile Justice Board. Having spent many years focusing on solutions to the challenges faced by those suffering from mental health issues and/or substance abuse, she was invited to participate on the newly formed Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, where she serves as Vice-Chair.
Commissioner Wexler has been recognized as 2-1-1 Broward’s Agent of Change and was named Legislator of the Year by the Broward County Council of Professional Firefighters. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the community including the Wisdom in Action Award from Senior Volunteer Services and the Humanitarian of the Year from the Samuel M. & Helene Soref Jewish Community Center. She has been inducted into the Aging & Disability Resource Center’s Senior Hall of Fame.
Ms. Wexler is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.