I’m running for Governor because I see a Florida where the interests of children and working families are the top priority. We will attract new business and industry to Florida, creating quality jobs across the state, by making a real commitment to public education and by ensuring quality healthcare is available for all Floridians.
Recognized as one of the most passionate and dedicated members of the Florida Legislature, Nan Rich was first elected to the State Senate in 2004 after serving 2 terms in the House of Representatives. She was the first woman to be elected leader of the Senate Democrats – a position she held from 2010 until she was term-limited in November, 2012.
During her legislative service, Senator Rich became widely recognized as one of Florida’s leading champions of children’s and social justice issues.
Nan’s involvement in the public schools her 4 children attended played a large part in her community activism, and led to a lifelong commitment to public education in Florida.
Prior to her election to the State Legislature, Nan served as the National President of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) from 1996-1999. NCJW is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for women, children, and families, and safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Nan was the first Floridian elected as National President in the organization’s 120-year history.
Nan has received many awards and recognition for outstanding public service including an appointment by President Bill Clinton in 1999 to serve as a Board Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
During her term as Leader of the Senate Democrats, Nan effectively “worked across the aisle” to build bi-partisan coalitions on important legislation affecting public schools, protecting women’s reproductive rights, and preventing prison privatization.
Throughout her legislative service, Nan was a leading progressive advocate for children, women, seniors, and social justice issues. Among her lasting accomplishments is her role as a founder of the Guardian ad Litem Program of Dade County in which trained volunteers act as advocates for abused and neglected children in court proceedings. She also sponsored legislation that created the statewide office of the Guardian ad Litem program.
Her work to expand support for home and community-based care programs for seniors has allowed thousands of Florida’s frail elderly to remain in their own homes instead of moving into nursing homes. And throughout her legislative career, Nan has been an outspoken, effective defender of women’s health and reproductive rights.
Nan Rich is a long time South Florida resident and attended the University of Florida. She is married to David and they have four children and three grandchildren.