Former State Senator Lee Constantine, a graduate of the University of Central Florida, has represented Florida as a public servant for 32 years. In 1978, he was elected the youngest person in the City of Altamonte Springs history, serving as Commissioner and Mayor for 14 years. In 1992, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he served for 8 years. In 2000, Mr. Constantine was elected to the Florida Senate representing the citizens of Orange and Seminole Counties. He served until November 2010, only ending his distinguished career due to term limits. At the time he left office, Senator Constantine was the longest serving elected official in Florida.
Senator Constantine is one of the Central Florida region’s most powerful and influential individuals, acknowledged for his outstanding talent for brokering compromise, leadership in higher education and mastery of the complicated state budget process.
Throughout his legislative career, Senator Constantine has sponsored numerous ground-breaking bills. These include Save Our Everglades (1997-2000), The Florida Unified Building Code (1998,2000), The Florida Forever Program (1999), Payday Loans Reform (2001), Affordable Housing-Front Porch Florida (2002), Growth Management (2002, 2006), Pre-K Education and Class Size Reduction (2003), The Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act (2004), The Florida Telecommunication Act (2005), the establishment of the medical school at UCF (2006), the Florida Energy Act (2006 & 2008). In recent years he sponsored legislation regarding Florida’s Energy Building Codes, major Election Reform, Physical Education in elementary and middle schools and the Jennifer Kesse & Tiffany Sessions Missing Persons Act. In the 2009 Special Session, as the prime co-sponsor, he spearheaded the successful effort to bring SunRail to Central Florida.
In 2010, Senator Constantine sponsored bills that protected Florida’s water resources and springs, placed in motion a state recycling policy to achieve a 75% recycling goal by 2020, protected our citizens and wildlife from Reptiles of Concern and protected consumers who purchased gift cards/certificates from fraud.
Lee Constantine’s passion for community service is best displayed as Founder and Director of Charity Challenge, Inc., established in 1987. Since its inception, Charity Challenge has evolved from a small backyard event into the largest independent charity in Central Florida, raising nearly $5million dollars for hundreds of Florida charities.
Recently, Senator Constantine was reappointed by the Governor to serve his third term as Chairman of the Wekiva River Basin Commission, honoring his commitment to protect the Wekiva River while building the beltway around Central Florida. In addition, he also serves as a business consultant on a wide range of issues for high level corporations and government agencies. On November 6, 2012, he was elected to the Seminole County Commission, District 3.