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Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-4211

Address: 436 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (305) 470-8555

Address: 8669 NW 36th Street, Doral FL 33166-6640

Naples FL

Phone: (239) 348-1620

Fax: (239) 348-3569

Address: 4715 Golden Gates Parkway, Naples FL 34116-6901

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Mario Diaz-Balart Biography
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  • Elected: 2002, 6th term.
  • District: Florida 25
  • Born: Sep. 25, 1961, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Home: Miami
  • Education:

    U. of S. FL

  • Professional Career:

    A.A., Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez, 1985-88; Public relations executive.

  • Political Career:

    FL House of Reps., 1988-92, 2000-02; FL Senate, 1992-00.

  • Ethnicity: Hispanic/Latino
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Tia); 1 children

Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican first elected in 2002, is a pragmatic legislator who has been among the GOP Latinos seeking to nudge their party closer to the political middle on immigration issues. He is an unswerving hard-liner against Cuba’s Castro regime, but joins Democrats in promoting energy independence and restoration of the Everglades. Read More

Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican first elected in 2002, is a pragmatic legislator who has been among the GOP Latinos seeking to nudge their party closer to the political middle on immigration issues. He is an unswerving hard-liner against Cuba’s Castro regime, but joins Democrats in promoting energy independence and restoration of the Everglades.

The Diaz-Balart family history is intertwined with that of Fidel Castro and the rise of communism on the island nation of Cuba. His father, Rafael Lincoln Diaz-Balart, was the majority leader in pre-revolution Cuba’s House of Representatives. His uncle and grandfather also served in the Cuban House. His family seems to have politics in its blood. The Diaz-Balarts fled Cuba in 1959, shortly after Castro took over and after their house was looted and burned while they were vacationing in Paris. His aunt was briefly Castro’s wife and is the mother of his only recognized child. One of Mario’s three older brothers is Lincoln Diaz-Balart, who represented the 21st District from 1992 to 2010. Mario Diaz-Balart, unlike Lincoln, was born in the United States after the family had resettled. Another brother is a television news anchorman for Telemundo and a fourth is an investment banker.

Diaz-Balart dropped out of the University of South Florida at age 24 to work for former Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez, a Republican. In 1988, he was elected to the Florida House; four years later, at age 31, he became the youngest person ever elected to the state Senate. Diaz-Balart was named chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, where he was a budget hawk. His 1995 call for state agencies to cut spending by 25% earned him the nickname “The Slasher”—a moniker he wore with pride. The eight-year term limit forced him from the state Senate in 2000, so he again ran for the Florida House and was elected.

No ordinary freshman, Diaz-Balart requested and received the chairmanship of the congressional redistricting committee. The resulting plan included a western Miami-Dade district tailored for Diaz-Balart. He coasted to victory over Democratic state Rep. Annie Betancourt, a former social worker and the widow of a Bay of Pigs veteran. Her campaign was underfinanced, and she remained largely unknown. With support from teachers and other unions, Diaz-Balart won 65%-35%.

In the House, his voting record has generally been conservative on economic and foreign policy and more moderate on cultural issues. Republican leaders, eager to diversify their caucus, made him an assistant whip and gave him a coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee. He repeatedly has opposed oil drilling off Florida’s coast in the Gulf of Mexico and used his Appropriations seat to secure Everglades funding. He was the lead sponsor of a bipartisan bill in June 2011 to provide financial incentives for states to adopt and enforce national building codes for new homes and offices.

Diaz-Balart organized the Congressional Hispanic Conference, a Republican alternative to the Democrats’ Congressional Hispanic Caucus. With his brother and GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, also of South Florida, he supported a bill to allow children of illegal immigrants to qualify for college. After Republican Mitt Romney overwhelmingly lost the Hispanic vote to President Barack Obama in 2012, Diaz-Balart was among those vocally touting a House-passed bill to provide visas for foreign graduates of U.S. universities with advanced math and science degrees, as an initial step toward re-establishing GOP credibility among that voting bloc. But he added that it was no substitute for a broader bill. Republicans “cannot pretend there are not millions of people in an underground society,” he told the Orlando Sentinel. “We can no longer pretend that it’s not affecting our ability to be competitive.” He led efforts in 2011 against the Obama administration’s push to loosen travel to Cuba, saying that tourist travel was an important revenue source for Castro’s government. His amendment became the last major sticking point in an omnibus spending bill before the amendment was finally dropped in December.

In 2006, Diaz-Balart was reelected 58%-42%. Two years later, he faced a serious challenge from Joe Garcia, the Miami-Dade County Democratic chairman and former executive director of the Cuban American National Foundation. Garcia opposed the restrictions on travel and remittances to Cuba and criticized the incumbent for focusing on Cuba rather than on gas prices and the crisis in housing foreclosures. Diaz-Balart won by a narrow 53%-47%. (Six years later, Garcia beat embattled Republican Rep. David Rivera in the 26th District.)

After his close call, Diaz-Balart announced he would seek his brother Lincoln’s seat in the more Republican 25th District when Lincoln retired from the House as he planned to do in 2010. Diaz-Balart ended up running unopposed. Then, redistricting made the seat even more Republican, and in 2012, he won with more than three-quarters of the vote. That didn’t stop him, though, from joining Democratic Florida Rep. Corrine Brown in an unsuccessful challenge to the state’s Fair Districts reforms; they claimed the anti-gerrymanding law unfairly hurt minority voters.

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Mario Diaz-Balart Election Results
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2012 General
Mario Diaz-Balart (R)
Votes: 151,466
Percent: 75.65%
Stanley Blumenthal
Votes: 31,664
Percent: 15.81%
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Votes: 17,099
Percent: 8.54%
2012 Primary
Mario Diaz-Balart (R)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (unopposed), 2008 (53%), 2006 (58%), 2004 (100%), 2002 (65%)
Mario Diaz-Balart Votes and Bills
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Economic 48 (L) : 51 (C) 50 (L) : 50 (C) 40 (L) : 59 (C)
Social 47 (L) : 53 (C) 56 (L) : 44 (C) 52 (L) : 47 (C)
Foreign 40 (L) : 59 (C) 35 (L) : 59 (C) 46 (L) : 53 (C)
Composite 45.3 (L) : 54.7 (C) 48.0 (L) : 52.0 (C) 46.5 (L) : 53.5 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC8083
LCV1111
CFG4049
ITIC-100
NTU6261
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ACLU-23
ACU5460
ADA205
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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