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Hillsborough County



Located midway on the west coast of Florida along beautiful Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County is a thriving, diverse community. Fully grounded in a rich history yet embracing all the opportunities of the technical age, the County’s boundaries embrace a modern skyline, major tourist destinations, world-class entertainment venues, a nationally-recognized airport, one of the largest shipping ports in the country, major educational institutions, a bustling agricultural industry, professional sports teams and more. A wide range of lifestyles offers residents the ability to live in high-energy urban environments, suburban planned communities or rural landscapes. Huge national and international events, including four Super Bowls, NCAA competitions, the Republican National Convention and the International Indian Film Academy’s 2014 Awards, bring global attention and many visitors to Hillsborough’s doorstep. People of all ages from all walks of life and companies representing a vast array of industries choose to make Hillsborough County their home.

Patricia “Pat” Kemp

Patricia “Pat” Kemp was elected to the County Commission in 2016 and in 2020 representing Countywide District 6. Commissioner Kemp has more than three decades of public service in Hillsborough County. She was chief aide to Congresswoman Kathy Castor when Castor served on the Hillsborough County Commission. Commissioner Kemp also served as aide to State Rep. Sara Romeo. As an attorney, she worked both in private practice and for Bay Area Legal Services, providing civil legal services for low-income clients. As a journalist, she served as news director and a radio talk show host at WUSF and WMNF. Over the years, Commissioner Kemp has volunteered for many community projects and organizations. She co-founded the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association. She served in leadership roles for the Sierra Club of Tampa Bay and on the board of Tampa Crossroads, a nonprofit that provides counseling, treatment, housing and other services to veterans, the disabled, and others in need of assistance. Commissioner Kemp has long been an advocate for improving transportation in the county and the region.

Patricia “Pat” Kemp
Chair, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners