Buddy Dyer is the dean of Florida’s “big-city” mayors, having served Orlando’s residents since 2003. Mayor Dyer serves as the City’s chief executive and also helps govern and oversee the operations and growth of its city-owned utility, Orlando Utilities Commission, and the Orlando International and Executive Airports. During his time in office, Mayor Dyer has worked relentlessly to advance the community’s shared vision for Orlando as America’s 21st century city. In 2011, he was selected as American City and County Magazine’s National Municipal Leader of the Year. Mayor Dyer is a fierce advocate for the expansion of public mass-transit and for creating more walkable, livable communities.
Through his leadership, Orlando recently launched Central Florida’s first-ever commuter rail system called SunRail. While Orlando’s accomplishments under Mayor Dyer’s leadership fall under a broad range of categories, each has a common element; they were made possible because of the power of partnership. Since his first day in office, Mayor Dyer has fought to increase cooperation and partnership between Central Florida’s many governments, its business and civic communities and its residents. Prior to being Mayor, Buddy Dyer served for a decade in the Florida Senate.
Mayor Dyer earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Brown University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the University of Florida Law Review and a member of the prestigious Florida Blue Key organization. He graduated with honors and received the highest score on the Florida Bar Exam that year. Before he chose to serve in public office, Mayor Dyer worked as an environmental engineer. He has also practiced law for more than 20 years.