Growing Up and Growing Roots in Jax
Tommy is a proud native of Jacksonville, growing up on the corner of Liberty and Ashley Street above his parent’s grocery store. He and his family have made roots in Jacksonville, helping to make Jacksonville a better place to live for decades.
Tommy Hazouri served for 12 years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1974-1986, as Mayor of the City of Jacksonville from 1987-1991, as a Duval County School Board member from 2004-2012 and is currently seated as the At-Large, Group 3 City Council Member.
Tommy Hazouri earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Government from Jacksonville University, where he was elected Student Body President by his peers. He is the retired President of Hazouri & Associates, a private consulting firm. Mr. Hazouri is an honorary member of the San Jose Rotary Club.
He and his wife, Carol, former public school elementary teacher of 43 years, live in Mandarin. They are members of Mandarin Presbyterian Church. Their son, Tommy, Jr., is an elementary school teacher and coach.
In the Florida Legislature
While in the Florida Legislature, Mr. Hazouri was Chairman of the Duval Legislative Delegation, House Committee on Education, K-12, and House Committee on Retirement, Personnel, and Collective Bargaining.
He served as a member of the House Committee on Appropriations’, Subcommittee on Education Funding; and, Subcommittee on Personnel. He was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to the Florida Ethics Commission, and chaired the Sheriff’s Mental Health and Crisis Episodes Task Force.
As Jacksonville’s Mayor
As Mayor, Tommy kept his campaign promises to make Jacksonville a better place by spearheading a campaign to eliminate toll booths from Jacksonville’s roads and bridges. He also implemented an anti-odor ordinance to relieve the city of its foul odor which opened to the door for economic development in our Downtown area.
As At-Large, Group 3 City Council Member
As the At-Large, Group 3 City Council member, Tommy helped spearhead legislation updating Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
Tommy helped kill efforts to abolish the current limit of two terms for city officials and serves on the Special Committee working to solve the opioid epidemic.
He also leads an initiative addressing human trafficking in Jacksonville, working closely with the state attorney’s office and law enforcement to implement policies that bring justice for survivors.