Pamela Dorothy Iorio (born April 27, 1959) is an American politician and author, who served as mayor of Tampa, Florida
from 2003 to 2011.
Early life, education, and family
Iorio moved with her family to Temple Terrace
as an infant and attended Hillsborough County public schools.
Iorio earned her bachelor's degree from American University
and followed up with her masters at the University of South Florida
Iorio has been married to Mark Woodard, County Administrator for Pinellas County
, since 1987, and they have two children, Caitlin and Graham.
Her father, John Iorio, was an Italian immigrant and English professor, and one of the first professors at the University of South Florida
In 1985, at the age of 26, she became the youngest person ever elected to the Hillsborough County Commission. For a decade before her successful run for mayor, she served as Supervisor of Elections for Hillsborough County
. During the 2000 presidential election
recount, she was the president of the State Association of County Elections Supervisors propelling her into the role of spokesperson.
In 2001, her account of the white supremacist White Municipal Party
was published in ''The Florida Historical Quarterly
On April 1, 2003, she was sworn in as Mayor
, becoming the second woman to hold the office. Her first term dealt largely with re-energizing the downtown area, as well as the economic revitalization of Tampa’s most neglected neighborhoods. Iorio was also a big supporter of the arts, working to make Tampa a major arts center in the South
. Iorio has also been credited with a sharp drop in drug trafficking
in the city limits and a significant drop in major crimes. In her second term, Iorio advocated for improved mass transit
, favoring a multi-modal plan which included a light rail
While mayor, Tampa hosted a Super Bowl
and successfully attracted the 2012 Republican National Convention
In her official capacity as mayor, Iorio represented the city at important events such as the opening of the Tampa Bay History Center
on January 17, 2009. On January 28, 2010, when Iorio welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama
and Vice President Joe Biden
, Governor of Florida Charlie Crist
, and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink
, all of whom came to the University of Tampa
for a national "Town Hall Meeting" to announce federal funding for Florida High Speed Rail
and other projects. Iorio criticized Florida Governor Rick Scott
's decision to veto the high speed rail project, claiming he did so "purely on ideological reasoning."
Her book, ''Straightforward'', was released in November 2011.
In the book she draws from her own experiences and shares the skills and characteristics needed to become an effective leader.
Since her time as mayor ended, Iorio has focused her time on working with Tampa area non-profits and spending time with her family. She has been involved with the Tampa Bay History Center, the Curtis Hixon Park and Riverwalk, and the USF
She had been mentioned as a possible Democratic Party
candidate for governor of Florida in 2014
Iorio ultimately did not run. Iorio has also proposed changes to Florida's election laws in order to avoid long lines at the polls and other irregularities.
In February 2014 Iorio was named as the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
, effective March 31, 2014.
In November 2018, Iorio was included in PEOPLE Magazine's "25 Women Changing the World in 2018."
*Colorless Primaries: Tampa's White Municipal Party, The Florida Historical Quarterly, Vol. 79, No. 3, Reconsidering Race Relations in Early Twentieth-Century Florida (Winter, 2001), pages 297-318 (22 pages)
*List of mayors of Tampa, Florida
External linksPamIorio.comTwitter accountFacebook page
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Category:American University alumni
Category:C. Leon King High School alumni
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Category:Women mayors of places in Florida