FIU Law alumna Katie Edwards (’12) will succeed state Rep. Franklin Sands (D-Weston) as the State Representative for District 98. She defeated her Republican opponent, Cara Christine Pavalock, a bankruptcy and foreclosure attorney from Plantation, and will now represent a district that includes most of Davie and parts of Plantation and Sunrise.
“I congratulate Katie Edwards on her election to the House. Her commitment to public service and the community is palpable and we thank her for her service,” said Dean R. Alexander Acosta.
Ms. Edwards was born and raised in Broward County and has been a resident of Plantation for 23 years. She received her J.D. from FIU Law and her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Clemson University.
Edwards recently served as executive director of the Miami-Dade County Farm Bureau, where she frequently traveled to the state capitol to lobby for agricultural issues. She now operates her own consulting business where she continues to help family businesses grow.
Ms. Edwards is actively involved in the South Florida community. She currently serves on the City of Plantation’s Planning and Zoning Board and on the Board of Directors of Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El in Planation. She is also a member of the Soroptimist International Club of Davie, Hadassah and Broward County Bar Association (Student Member). Her volunteer efforts include the Old Davie School Historical Museum, Women in Distress, Lawyers to the Rescue, Broward Healthy Start Coalition, P.A.T.C.H.E.S., Samantha’s Purpose, and the Greater Plantation Chamber of Commerce.
In the Florida Legislature, she plans to use her background to focus on natural resources, property insurance and pension reform.