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Strayhorn to speak at Democratic Club meeting

By Staff | Mar 7, 2011

Edwin Bruce Strayhorn

Attorney Edwin Bruce Strayhorn will be the featured speaker at the Democratic Club of the Islands meeting on Tuesday, March 22 at the Sanibel Public Library, located at 770 Dunlop Road. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Strayhorn is a fifth generation Floridian, born and raised in Fort Myers. He will regale his audience with the colorful history of Democrats in Southwest Florida. After graduating from Fort Myers High School and Stetson University with an undergraduate degree in l974, he earned his Juris Doctorate from Stetson College of Law in l977. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in l977, as well as the United States District Court, both Southern and Middle Districts.

During his career, Mr. Strayhorn served as Special Assistant State Attorney for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit and later the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. The firm of Strayhorn and Strayhorn was founded in Fort Myers in 1915 by Mr. Strayhorn’s grandfather and great uncle, Guy M. Strayhorn and Leonidas Redwine.

His predecessors instilled in Bruce Strayhorn respect for the law and public service. He has been active with numerous Southwest Florida community groups, including the Lee County Planning Advisory Committee, the Lee County Industrial Development Authority, and the Lee County Public Schools Foundation. Also, in the spirit of public service, he has served the American Cancer Society as co-founder of the Lee County Cattle Baron’s Ball.

Strayhorn had previously served as President of Business People United for Political Action, Director of the Edison Pageant of Light, Edison/Ford Home Advisory Board, State Director of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association , Charter

Member of the Lee County Horizon Council, and Director of Lee Memorial Hospital.

In addition, Strayhorn has served for more than 20 years as a Commissioner of the

Housing Authority City of Fort Myers and has been active in the U.S. Senate Advisory Committee for right-of-way acquisition. His practice is predominately in the fields of administrative law, land use and civil litigation. He presently serves on the United States Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. He also serves on the Ad Hoc Committee to select Lee County Attorney.

The Democratic Club of the Islands is an authorized organization of the Lee County Democratic Executive Committee to stimulate interest in political and governmental affairs, educate the electorate about issues, to support the Democratic Party in national, state, and local campaigns and to foster good fellowship among Democrats on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

For additional information, contact June Sieber at 395-9078 or via e-mail at edwardsieber @yahoo.com.