Mayor Buddy Dyer
Engineer, Politician , and Mayor of Orlando
Mayor Buddy Dyer, the son of a shopkeeper and a long-haul truck driver, was born in the city of Orlando and raised in nearby Kissimmee. He graduated from Osceola High School in the top 10% of his class while the captain of the baseball team, MVP of the football team and vice-president of his class.
Following graduation from Osceola High School, he was awarded a scholarship to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. As an undergraduate, Buddy studied civil engineering and was vice-captain of the rugby team.
After graduation, Dyer returned to Florida to work as an environmental engineer. He later enrolled in the University of Florida Law School, where he was named Editor-In-Chief of the University of Florida Law Review. Even in law school, Buddy exemplified the values for which he is known, excelling in law, ethics, service and leadership. He was honored with membership in the Order of the Coif, an honor reserved for the top 10% of the graduating class, and became a member of Phi Delta Phi, a society that promotes high standards of professional ethics. Buddy also earned membership in the prestigious Florida Blue Key for exemplary service and leadership. Buddy graduated with honors in 1987 and received the highest score on the Florida Bar Exam that year.
In 1992, Buddy ran for the Florida State Senate and won a tough Democratic primary and run-off that few expected him to win. He went on to win the general election and was re-elected by the people of Central Florida in 1996 and 2000. Buddy's outstanding service was recognized by his colleagues who elected him to serve as the State Senate Democratic Leader for three years.
Mayor Dyer is married to attorney Karen Dyer. They have two sons, Trey (12) and Drew (7). Both are avid little leaguers.