Vanessa Baugh, District Five


Contact Commissioner Baugh

Party Affiliation: Republican - Elected 2012

Phone: 941-745-3703
Fax:  941-745-3790
Mailing Address:  The Honorable Vanessa Baugh
P.O. Box 1000
Bradenton, FL 34206-1000


To schedule appointments, follow through on concerns, or obtain County information, you may contact Commissioner Baugh's assistant Marianne Lopata by phone at (941) 745-3707 or e-mail at



Commissioner Baugh is originally from Virginia and moved to Florida in 1999.
She and her husband, Don started Vanessa Fine Jewelry in 1999, which is located on Lakewood Main Street.  They have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.



Attended Tidewater Community College majoring in Business Administration
Gemological Institute of America


Public Service

Board of County Commissioners, Elected, November 2012

  • Member, 2012-present
  • Chairman, 2016
  • First Vice Chairman, 2015

 Port Authority

  • Member, 2012-present
  • Chairman, 2017, 2018
  • First Vice Chairman, 2015
  • Third Vice Chairman, 2013, 2014 

Metropolitan Planning Organization

  • Member 2015-present
  • Chairman, 2018
  • Vice Chairman, 2017

Civic Center Authority 

  • Member, 2012-2014
  • First Vice Chairman, 2013, 2014

Community Redevelopment Agency

  • Member, 2012-2014

 Tourist Development Council

  • Chairman, 2014, 2015


  • Meals on Wheels, past board member
  • Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, past board member
  • Lakewood Ranch Kiwanis, past board member
  • Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, past board member
  • Manatee Chamber of Commerce, past board member
  • Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, past board member
  • Small Business Council, past Chairman
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Council, past board member
  • Manatee County Republican Executive Committee


Fishing, boating, traveling