City of Orlando
Buddy Dyer has served Orlando’s residents since 2003, working to advance the community’s shared vision for Orlando. In 2011, he was selected as American City and County Magazine’s National Municipal Leader of the Year. The award highlights his work to diversify Central Florida’s economy, secure Central Florida’s first rail mass transit system, strengthen neighborhood safety, and deliver more efficient, effective government to the residents of Orlando.
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. The result of this effort is a new era of collaboration that has paved the way for the creation of state-of-the-art sports, arts and entertainment venues and the new SunRail, setting the City Beautiful on course for a prosperous future.
Prior to being Mayor, Dyer served for a decade in the Florida Senate. His colleagues elected him as their Democratic Senate Leader, a position he held for three years. 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.
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. Dyer was born in Orlando and raised in nearby Kissimmee.