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Mario Diaz-Balart

Mario Diaz-BalartBorn: 25-Sep-1961
Birthplace: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman, Florida 25th

Former Florida state legislator elected to Congress in 2002, representing Florida's 25th District. Brother of US Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart, son of exiled Cuban Congressman Rafael Diaz-Balart, and a former nephew of Fidel Castro, who was married to an aunt.

Conservative Republican. Anti-abortion, pro-Cuban embargo, pro-gun rights. Opposed 2008 GM/Chrysler bailout, 2008 Wall Street bailout, 2009 economic stimulus, 2010 health care reform. Switched districts in 2010, and was elected to succeed his brother, representing Florida's 21st District. Redistricting brought him back to the 25th in 2013.

Father: Rafael Diaz-Balart (Cuban legislator, b. 1926, d. 2005)
Mother: América Gutiérrez
Brother: Jose Diaz-Balart (TV reporter, b. 1960)
Brother: Lincoln Diaz-Balart (former US Congressman)
Brother: Rafael Diaz-Balart (banker)
Wife: Tia Diaz-Balart
Son: (one son)

    University: University of South Florida (attended)

    US Congressman, Florida 25th (3-Jan-2013 to present)
    US Congressman, Florida 21st (3-Jan-2011 to 3-Jan-2013)
    US Congressman, Florida 25th (3-Jan-2003 to 3-Jan-2011)
    Florida State House of Representatives (2000-02)
    Florida State Senate (1992-2000)
    Florida State House of Representatives (1988-92)
    Florida State House of Representatives
    Susan B. Anthony List

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