Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Party Affiliation: Republican
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman from Florida, 1993-2011
Lawyer and state legislator elected to US Congress in 1992. His brother, Mario Diaz-Balart, is also a US Congressman. Their father and grandfather, both named Rafael Diaz-Balart, were prominent Cuban politicians, and their aunt, Mirta Diaz-Balart, is the ex-wife of Fidel Castro.
Republican. Anti-abortion, pro-gun rights, pro-immigrant rights. Played an outspoken public role in the 1999-2000 custody efforts by American relatives of six-year-old Elian Gonzalez, and advocated a blockade of Cuba and the assassination of Castro. Supported 2002 Iraq war authorization. Opposed 2008 GM/Chrysler bailout, 2008 Wall Street bailout, 2009 economic stimulus, 2010 health care reform. Did not run for re-election in 2010, after announcing his intent to return to private legal practice. Succeeded in Congress by his brother, who switched districts to run for the seat.
Father: Rafael Diaz-Balart (Cuban Congressman, b. 1926, d. 2005)
Mother: América Gutiérrez
Brother: Jose Diaz-Balart (TV reporter, b. 1960)
Brother: Mario Diaz-Balart (Congressman)
Brother: Rafael Diaz-Balart (banker)
Wife: Cristina Diaz-Balart (two sons)
High School: American School of Madrid, Madrid, Spain (1972)
University: BA Int'l Relations, New College of Florida, Sarasota (1976)
Scholar: Cambridge University
Law School: Case Western Reserve University (1979)
US Congressman, Florida 21st (1993-2011)
Florida State Senate (1989-92)
Florida State House of Representatives (1987-89)
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