Dean Trantalis represents District 2 on the Fort Lauderdale City Commission. He took office in March 2013 after a special election and was overwhelmingly re-elected in March 2015.
Commissioner Trantalis previously served on the Commission from 2003 to 2006 and held the position of vice mayor between 2005 and 2006. Since he returned to the Commission, his colleagues have selected him to represent the city on the board of directors of the Broward League of Cities, the Broward County Homeless Continuum of Care Task Force, the Broward Water Resources Task Force and the Broward County-Palm Beach County Joint C-51 Reservoir Work Group.
Born and raised in Norwich, Connecticut, Commissioner Trantalis attended high school at Norwich Free Academy. At Boston University, he majored in political science and graduated cum laude and with distinction in 1975. He received a Juris Doctorate in 1979 from Stetson University School of Law, while completing international law courses in Eastern Europe, Russia, and London.
Commissioner Trantalis was admitted to the Connecticut and Florida Bar Associations in 1980 and has practiced law in Broward County since 1982. He currently maintains a successful general law practice with some emphasis in the areas of real estate, probate, estate planning, bankruptcy, and corporate matters. Commissioner Trantalis is a member of the Federal Bar and the National Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys.
He entered the local political arena more than two decades ago when Broward County voters were considering a referendum to adopt a human rights ordinance. In 1995, Commissioner Trantalis served as co-chair of Americans For Equality and oversaw the successful enactment of the human rights ordinance. It provided individuals with protection from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on their sexual orientation.
In January 1999, Commissioner Trantalis co-wrote and assisted in the successful passage of the Broward County domestic partnership law. The legislation extended spousal-like benefits not only to county employees, but to all employees of entities doing business with Broward County.
Commissioner Trantalis has been extremely active in the community, serving on numerous boards and committees including the Fort Lauderdale Citizen Review Board, Broward House, Dolphin Democrats, Riviera Towers Co-Operative Board, Broward County Planning Council, and John Graves Foundation Board of Trustees.
Commissioner Trantalis also received the Small Business Award from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce in 2007. This spring, he was one of the inaugural honorees of the Diversity Honors awards presented by the Harvey Milk Foundation in conjunction with The Pride Center at Equality Park.