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Burt L. Saunders

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About The Commissioner

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 Burt L. Saunders
BurtSaunders@colliergov.net
(239) 252-8603

District 3
 Commissioner Burt Saunders

Burt grew up in Hampton, Virginia and moved to Florida in 1978 to attend graduate school. He received his bachelor's degree in Physics in 1972 from the University of South Florida and his Juris Doctor in 1975 from the College of William and Mary Law School. In 1978, Burt received his Master of Laws Degree in Ocean and Coastal Law from the University of Miami Law School.

Burt, a shareholder with the Gray-Robinson Law Firm, practices in the areas of local and state government and health care law. Burt served as Florida State Senator for District 37 from 1998 to 2008, where he represented Collier and Lee Counties. Prior to serving in the State Senate, he served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1994 to 1998, served as a member of the Collier County Commission from 1986 to 1994 and served as the Collier County Attorney from 1982 to 1986. In November 2016, Burt was again elected to the Board of County Commissioners, representing District 3, Collier County, Florida.


Education

• University of South Florida, B.A. Physics (1972)
• College of William and Mary, J.D. (1975)
• University of Miami, LL.M. (Ocean and Coastal Law, 1978)


Professional Associations & Memberships
• Shareholder, Gray Robinson Law Firm, 2006 to Present
• Florida State Senator - District 37 (1998-2008)
• Florida House of Representatives (1994-1998)
• Collier County Board of County Commissioners (1986-1994)
• Collier County, Florida, County Attorney (1982-1986)
• Dade County, Florida, Assistant County Attorney (1979-1982)
• The Florida Bar
• Collier County Bar Association
• Wolford School of Nurse Anesthesia, Board of Directors, Member


Relevant Senate Committee Assignments
• Health and Human Services Appropriations, Chair
• Health Care, Chair
• Select Committee on Medicaid Reform
• Commerce and Consumer Services
• Environmental Preservation, Chair

Civic
• Leadership Collier Foundation, Board of Directors; Leadership Development, Vice Chair

 

Commissioner Aide:
Dave Lykins
DaveLykins@colliergov.net