U.S. Legislator of the Day: Mario Diaz-Balart

Yesterday we sent 136 emails to Rep. Donnelly. A phone call to his office at the end of the day suggests he is still undecided on ENDA. You might want to call him at 574-288-2780. And now…


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Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida

In many ways a staunch Republican on social issues, he is a fair-minded one when it comes to jobs, voting for ENDA in 07. But he's playing it close to the vest on HR 3017 this time around. He needs a little tug to loosen that vest.

Please email him at His zip code is 33175-3436.

Tel: 305-225-6866

And while you're at it, call your own Members of Congress once in a while. You never call, you never write…

According to Wikipedia, Diaz-Balart is the son of the late Cuban politician Rafael Diaz-Balart. His aunt, Mirta Diaz-Balart, was the first wife of Fidel Castro. Her son, and his cousin, is Fidel Ángel “Fidelito” Castro Díaz-Balart. His uncle is the Cuban-Spanish painter, Waldo Diaz-Balart. His brother, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, is also a congressman, representing the 21st district of Florida. He currently lives in Miami with his wife and son.

Mario Diaz-Balart's voting record is somewhat more conservative than that of the other two Cuban-Americans who represent Miami–Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (a co-sponsor of ENDA this year) and his elder brother (Lincoln). During his first three terms, he was one of two voting Latino members of the House–the other being Trent Franks of Arizona — known to be a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee.

He is a founding member of the Congressional Hispanic Conference, a caucus of Hispanic Republican congressmen.

His reelection in 2008 was by the fairly small margin of 53-47 against his Democratic challenger.

He voted yes on the previous hate crimes bill, and yes on ENDA in 2007.

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