Heritage Ranking: 36%
American Conservative Union Ranking: 44%
Conservative Review Ranking: 32%
Diaz-Balart is a strong advocate of the Cuban Embargo but, like many politicians, he is moving further to the left with each passing year in office. His lifetime American Conservative Union rating is slightly below 70%, bolstered by his voting record during his early years in Congress, but he has dropped down to a paltry 44% rating for 2014. In spite of his former membership in the Republican Study Committee, Diaz-Balart has voted against the Republican Study Committee blueprint for a balanced budget, the Hice Amendment, which sought to prohibit federal employees from being compensated by the federal government while performing union activities. He voted against blocking funding to the Department of Homeland Security to prevent implementation of Barack Obama’s Executive Amnesty Decree and the Hudson Amendment to bring the Department of Energy back to 2008 spending levels. Diaz-Balart is also a ranking member of the Main Street Caucus a left-wing group within the Republican Party that seeks to elevate the status of RINOs in the House and the Senate.
Mario Diaz-Balart: Brief Biography
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart has been representing his Miami-Dade County area district in Florida since 2003. He is a “moderate” and has been re-elected easily every two years.
Diaz-Balart has an impressive political pedigree. His father, Rafael Diaz-Balart, was a politician in Cuba. His aunt, Marta Diaz-Balart was the first wife of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro; and his brother, Lincoln Diaz-Balart was also a Congressman from Florida, serving from 1993 to 2011.
Diaz-Balart was born in 1961 In Fort Lauderdale. A graduate of the University of South Florida, he majored in political science. Originally a Democrat, he switched parties while an aide to Miami mayor Xavier Suarez, his first political job. His first try at political office was in 1988 when he successfully ran for the Florida House. He then was elected to the State Senate in 1992, and in 2000 he won election back to the House.
Diaz-Balart first campaigned for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, and won handily, garnering 64% of the vote in his 25th district. In 2004, he ran unopposed, and in 2006 won by 58%. He won a closer race (53%) in 2008 when he ran against Joe Garcia, former Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party and the Director of the Cuban-American National Foundation.
He won another unopposed race in 2010 when he ran for his brother’s old seat in the 21st District, which is considered the most Republican in the state. Twice again, in 2012 and 2014, he ran unopposed in the renumbered 25th District.
In Congress he serves on the Appropriations Committee and is vice chairman of the subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. He also is a member of the subcommittee of State, Foreign Operations and Related Services and the subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies.
He is a founding member and chairman of the Republican Congressional Hispanic Conference, and was an advocate for continuing the embargo on Cuba, and, in spite of his voting record, he was a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee during his first two terms in Congress.
He is also a founding member of the Washington Waste Watchers, the Congressional Cuba Democracy Caucus, and he is the assistant whip of the left-wing Main Street Caucus.
Diaz-Balart resides in Miami with his wife, Tia.
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