About Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.
Esteban L. Bovo, Jr. was elected in 2011 to serve as the Miami-Dade County Commissioner representing District 13, which includes Hialeah, Miami Lakes, Palm Springs North, and neighboring areas of unincorporated Miami-Dade. On December 6th, 2016 Commissioner Bovo was elected Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners for the 2017-2018 term.
Bovo commenced his public service when he was appointed Councilman for the City of Hialeah in 1998. After being re-elected twice, Chairman Bovo’s colleagues selected him as President of the Hialeah City Council and he remained in that capacity throughout his term. As Councilman, Bovo sponsored the anti-predator legislation and focused on improving the city for the residents.
In November 2008, Bovo was elected as State Representative for District 110 and was re-elected without opposition in 2010. During his tenure in the Florida Legislature, Bovo was an outspoken advocate for the historic Hialeah Park and worked diligently towards its re-opening. Throughout the 2009 legislative session, he also sponsored a resolution naming May as "A Safe Haven for Newborns Month," in recognition of the Gloria M. Silveiro Foundation. Additionally, he designated April 17, 2009 as "Bay of Pigs Memorial Day" in commendation of the Museum and Library for 2506 Assault Brigade, where historic memorabilia is preserved.
Bovo continued to focus his legislative agenda on the betterment and safety of our community by sponsoring the Ashley Nicole Valdes Act, which requires defendants who have been arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal accident to be held in custody until a judge ruling. Due to his tenacity and dedication to public service, his colleagues in the Florida Legislature nominated him as Chairman of the Hispanic Legislative Caucus and was subsequently chosen to chair the Committee of Business Regulation in Tallahassee.
Bovo as Chairman of the County Commission has restructured the commission committee system and established a Chairman’s Policy Council to address several key issues facing our community. The Policy Council has been tasked with developing recommendations to address issues such as mass transit expansion funding, courthouse and jail infrastructure funding, sea level rise, housing affordability, and gun violence epidemic. As a County Commissioner, Esteban Bovo, Jr. maintains an open-door policy and continues his commitment to improving our quality of life in Miami-Dade County.
Esteban L. Bovo, Jr. was born on June 12, 1962 in Queens, New York to Marilyn and Esteban Bovo-Carás. As a member of the 2506 Brigade, Esteban Bovo’s father instilled in his son the value of fighting for justice while his mother taught him the importance of compassion and service to the community. Esteban Bovo has been a proud resident of Miami-Dade County for over 47 years and holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Florida International University. He is married to Viviana and has five children; Oscar, Bianca, Esteban, Sofia, and Alessandro.