Stephen Hart is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law and Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He is an active member of the Florida Bar Association and practiced law for 35 years in Wisconsin and Illinois before retiring. He was a Wisconsin Supreme Court appointee to the Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation tasked with investigations, participating in hearings, and making peer review recommendations to the Supreme Court regarding lawyer discipline. CM Hart was a County Court Commissioner with judicial powers. He is a past member of the state bars of Wisconsin and Illinois. CM Hart is a member of the City, County, and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar Association.
He is the chair of the City’s Growth Management Committee. He is a past member of the City’s Planning and Zoning Board and charter member and co-founder of Keystone’s Heritage Commission. He is a past member of the City’s election canvassing board. CM Hart was an elected school board member in Wisconsin and a mayoral appointee to the City of Elgin, IL, Heritage Commission. CM Hart is a past president of Lake Region Kiwanis Club and a former Kiwanian of the Year, a State of Florida Kiwanis Lt. Governor, Lt. Governor Liaison, and Interclub Relations Chair. He received the Outstanding District Chair Award from Florida Kiwanis Governor and the Kiwanis International’s George F. Hixon Award. CM Hart currently serves as Director of the Lake Region Kiwanis Club.
He is professional saxophone player and previously played with a Chicago blues band and at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. He has also played at various blues festivals including Daytona’s and Amelia Island. His bands have opened for several national blues acts including Roomful of Blues and Tommy Castro. CM Hart currently plays with the Keystone United Methodist Church Praise Jazz Band which is scheduled to perform at the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon in May 2016. He is the chair KUMC Music Committee and a member of Church Council.
Councilman Hart is married to LaDonna Hart. They have seven children and six grandchildren and have been residents of Keystone Heights since 2005.