Xavier L. Suarez was elected to serve on the Miami-Dade County Commission as District 7 Commissioner on May 24, 2011. He represents numerous municipalities including the City of Miami, the Village of Key Biscayne, the City of Coral Gables, the City of South Miami and the Village of Pinecrest, as well as areas of unincorporated Miami-Dade.
Suarez was elected mayor of Miami in 1985, and was re-elected in 1987 and 1989. During his tenure, he worked diligently towards the construction of affordable housing, prioritized community neighborhood improvements and received national praise for his effective handling of civil disturbances.
Commissioner Suarez attended Villanova University on a Presidential Scholarship, where he earned a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in mechanical engineering. He subsequently received joint graduate degrees: a Juris Doctor and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
He published a law review article on congressional immunities and performed a consulting study for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the issue of performance standards for new sources of pollution. As a county commissioner, Suarez strongly advocates for the expansion of affordable mass transportation and is the vice chairman of the Housing and Social Services Committee. He also serves on the Infrastructure and Utilities Committee and the Government Operations Committee.
Term: Serves as long as designated by the Chair of the Board of County Commissioners