Thomas Lester Hazouri Sr. (October 11, 1944 – September 11, 2021) was an American politician of the Democratic Party. He served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1974 to 1986, as Mayor of Jacksonville from 1987 to 1991, and represented School District 7 in the Duval County School Board from 2004 to 2012. He was later an At-Large member of the Jacksonville City Council.
|Mayor of Jacksonville|
July 1, 1987 – July 1, 1991
|Preceded by||Jake Godbold|
|Succeeded by||Ed Austin|
|Member of the |
Jacksonville City Council
March 9, 2015 – September 11, 2021
|Constituency||At-Large Group 3|
|Member of the |
Duval County School Board
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives|
from the 20 district
|Born||October 11, 1944|
Jacksonville, Florida, US
|Died||September 11, 2021 (aged 76)|
Jacksonville, Florida, US
|Alma mater||Jacksonville University|
Hazouri was born and raised in Jacksonville. He was of Lebanese descent. He attended Andrew Jackson High School and graduated from Jacksonville University in 1966. Hazouri was married to Carol Hazouri, who has been a school teacher at Crown Point Elementary School in Mandarin for over 35 years. They had one son, Tommy Jr., who is a school teacher as well. In 2020, Tommy Jr. was arrested on 25 counts of child pornography charges.
Hazouri was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1974, representing District 20. While in the Florida legislature, Hazouri chaired the House Committee on Education, K-12. He also was a member of the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Education Funding. He was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to the Florida Ethics Commission and led the Sheriff's Task Force on Mental Health. He served until 1986.
Hazouri ran for Mayor of Jacksonville in 1987. He defeated fellow former State Representative John Lewis in a bitter Democratic primary election, and then easily beat Republican Henry Cook to win the general election and become Jacksonville's 3rd mayor after consolidation.[dead link] During his term as mayor of Jacksonville he spearheaded a campaign to rid Jacksonville's roads and bridges of toll booths and implemented various environmental regulations aimed at getting rid of the city's odor problem. During his tenure as Mayor of Jacksonville, Hazouri welcomed the city's first contingent of visiting Canadian media personalities in September 1987, including Vic Phillips of Global Television Network and Chantale Roy of the French language TVA Network, both of whom broadcast live from Jacksonville. Hazouri was defeated for reelection in 1991 by Ed Austin.
Hazouri ran for Mayor of Jacksonville again in 1995 and 2003 but lost in the primary elections both times, the races ultimately being won by John Delaney and John Peyton, respectively. In 2004 he was elected to the Duval County School Board, and was reelected in 2008. He served as board Vice-Chairman for 2008 and as Chairman in 2009. In addition to his work on the school board, he was president of Hazouri and Associates, a private consulting firm.
In 2015, Hazouri ran for the At-Large Group 3 seat on the Jacksonville City Council. He defeated Republican Geoff Youngblood and took office on July 1, 2015. He was elected as president of the Jacksonville City Council in 2020. He served as President of the City council from July 1, 2020 - July 1, 2021. He was succeeded by Sam Newby. 
Later years and deathEdit
- "Tommy Hazouri, At-Large - Group 3," City of Jacksonville, 2021. Retrieved 11 Sept. 2021.
- Board member profiles Archived 2012-09-26 at the Wayback Machine. From Duval County Public Schools. Retrieved January 8, 2010.
- Piggot, J., Micolucci, V., & Avanier, E. (August 20, 2020). "Duval County teacher, son of City Council president faces 25 child porn charges". News4Jax.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
- Amaro, Ken. "A half-century of service: Tommy Hazouri, 76, dies in hospice care," First Coast News, 11 Sept. 2021. Retrieved 11 Sept 2021. (Jacksonville Code of Ordinances Section 6.01 sets July 1 as the starting and ending date of the mayor's four-year term.)
- "Voters pick Democrat and reject billboards" (May 27, 1987). St. Petersburg Times.[dead link] Retrieved May 24, 2011.
- Marbut, Max; Hogencamp, Kevin (May 20, 2015). "Council races wrap-up: Brosche defeats Daniels; Hazouri, Newby, Wilson among winners". Jacksonville Daily Record. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
- Patrick, Steve; Jones, Nick (Sep 11, 2021). "Fighter, mentor, friend: Tommy Hazouri dies at 76". WJXT. Retrieved Sep 11, 2021.
- Tommy Hazouri Obituary