Associate of Arts, St. Petersburg (Florida) Junior College, 1980; Bachelor in Comm. with honours, U. South Florida, 1983.
He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1992 to 2000. In the Senate, Crist served as Chair of the Senate"s Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee and as Vice Chair of the Senate"s Health Policy Committee. Crist, known as an expert on Criminal Justice issues, has served as an advisor on the topic to Florida"s Attorney General.
In the mid-1990s, Crist founded the University Area Community Development Corporation in one of Tampa"s more vulnerable communities.
Crist now serves as Chief Executive Officer and Volunteer Chairman of the organization. The University Area Community Development Corporation is a 501c3 charitable organization whose mission is to obtain the necessary resources, support, and direction to improve and sustain a thriving community where great social, financial, educational and health-related challenges exist.
In the pursuit of this mission, the UACDC works to further strengthen Hillsborough County’s most socially and economically vulnerable neighborhoods through activities, programs, and services. These range from operating a fully programmed, state-of-the-art Community Center Complex to increasing economic development and affordable housing in the area we serve through innovative partnerships between public and private sectors, as well as a wide range of service providers.
Senator Crist is of no relation to Florida Governor Charlie Crist.
Senator Victor Crist is a descendant of Zachary Taylor.
Member volunteer fire department, Treasure Island, 1977-1980, Tampa Bay Area Apartment Association, 1984-1990, Parent-Teachers Association, Hillsborough County, since 1988. Member of advisory board Tampa Bay Children's Chorus, Gulf Coast Jewish Family Superior vena cava syndrome Cmty. Care, Governor's Partnership for Adoption of Children, Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior, Institute for Nonviolence, also director.
Active regional planning county Agency on Bay Management, Tampa Bay, Florida, Commision on Administration of Justice in Capital Cases. Member public safety task force Hillsborough County Needs Assessment. Member of national board Museum Science and Industry.
President University Area Residents Association, 1981-1991, USF Area Cmty. Civic Association, since 1991. Chair task force University Area New Image Revitalization, since 1994.
Co-chair Hillsborough County #Weed and Seed Initiative, since 1994. Member board advisors Tampa Technology Institute. Trustee Lowry Park Zoo, 1995, 96, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1995, 96.
Vice chairman Hillsborough County Legislation Delaware, 1995, chairman, 1996, chairman audit oversight committee, 1995. Member board directors Arts for Complete Education/Florida Alliance Arts Education. Member Order of the Eastern Star, League of Women Voters, American Advertising Federation (division secretary-treasurer 1990-1992, district legislation chair 1991-1992, chair internal committee 1990-1991, co-chair advertising ethics committee 1989-1990, Legislator of Year 1993), Tampa Bay Advertising Federation, Audobon Society, Thonotosassa Chamber of Commerce, North Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Temple TerraceC. of C., Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Masons, Shriners, Sigma Chi AlumniAssn., St. Petersburg Catholic H.S. Alumni Association, St. Petersburg Junior College Alumni Association, U. South Florida Alumni Association.
Married Angela Crist.