Senator Anitere Flores



Senator Anitere Flores has represented her district in southern Florida since 2004. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Florida International University, and then received a J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. After law school, she worked on the Education Council for the Florida House of Representatives and later worked for Governor Jeb Bush as his Education Policy Chief. 

During her career in the Florida House, Senator Flores served as Deputy Majority Leader, Chair of the PreK-12 Appropriations Committee, and Chair of the PreK-12 Policy Committee. To increase college completion, she passed legislation that created a scholarship program for students who are the first in their family to attend college.

She presently acts as Chair of the Fiscal Policy Committee and sits on the Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice as well as four other committees: Ethics and Elections, Health Policy, and Regulated Industry, and Appropriations. From 2010-2012, she also served as the Majority Whip.

Senator Flores also serves on various national and community boards as a member of the bipartisan National Assessment Governing Board, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, and the Board of Spectrum Programs, Inc. She is the first Republican Hispanic woman to serve in both the Florida House and Senate since 1986. She was most recently recognized in the Huffington Post’s “40 under 40: Latinos in American politics.

She is married to Dustin Anderson of Sarasota, Florida. Together they have two sons, Máximo Monte and Lucas Ignacio Anderson.