Born and raised in Jacksonville, Matthew F. “Matt” Carlucci now begins his fifth term as a Jacksonville City Council member, having represented At-Large Group 4 (1987-1994 and 2019-present) and District 5 (1999-2003). In 2001, he served as Council President, providing critical leadership in the wake of 9-11. That same year, Matt was awarded the Jacksonville Historical Society’s Preservation Milestone Award for saving Jacksonville’s “most extraordinary corner,” the Laura Street Trio, from the wrecking ball. Decades later, historic preservation remains a part of his legislative priorities.
Founder and owner of the Matthew F. Carlucci Insurance Agency, Inc., Matt has served State Farm clients for more than four decades. He is a former board member of the Jacksonville Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and a past recipient of their Community Service Award. As a University of North Florida (UNF) alumnus, Matt is a past recipient of UNF’s Alumnus of the Year.
During his collective years in office, Matt has remained a fierce advocate for ethics in government by carrying on the work of his father, the late State Senator Joe Carlucci. Matt authored and championed the 1992 legislation to create the Jacksonville Ethics Commission, and for these efforts, was awarded the Claude J. Yates Award for Outstanding City Council Member on the 25th anniversary of Jacksonville’s consolidated government. In 2012, then-Governor Rick Scott appointed Matt to the Florida Commission on Ethics where he served five consecutive years and led efforts to strengthen state ethic laws, culminating in the broadest reforms in the last three decades in Florida. He also served with distinction as the Commission’s chair from 2016 to 2017. He has also been recognized by the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce for excellence in government and is a past recipient of the Charles D. Webb Award for outstanding legislative service.
A staunch supporter of parks and resilience efforts, Matt chaired the Council’s Special Committee on Resilience and later served as chair of the Environmental Planning Subcommittee. With the goal of addressing the city’s ability to swiftly recover from severe weather and flooding, the Committee unanimously approved its final report in February of 2021, which led to the installation of Jacksonville’s first-ever Chief Resiliency Officer later that summer. Matt also played a pivotal role in championing the Emerald Trail, as well as riverfront park access throughout Jacksonville’s urban core.
Matt supports a variety of organizations and local boards, including the Jacksonville Police Council, Communities in Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Theatre Jacksonville, and the Jacksonville Historical Society (JHS). A past president of JHS, Matt also led legislative efforts that established the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission in 1990.
His passion for fostering stronger neighborhoods developed in part from his life-long residence in Jacksonville’s historic San Marco community, where he resides with his wife of more than 40 years, Karen. The Carlucci’s are proud parents of two sons and is a grandfather four times over. Matt and his family attend Aspire Church San Marco in District 5. And when not at City Hall or serving State Farm clients, you will find him among family and friends—possibly reading presidential biographies, traveling, fly fishing, or walking his Golden, Penny.
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