Mario Diaz-Balart

Mario Diaz-Balart

FLORIDA's 25th DISTRICT

Just Two Days Before Anniversary of Taliban Five Swap, President Obama Is At It Again

2015/05/29

Congressman Diaz-Balart released the following statement after President Obama’s decision to remove Cuba from the State Department’s state sponsors of terror list. Read More

Diaz-Balart Promotes National Hurricane Preparedness Week

2015/05/24

Congressman Diaz-Balart encourages families and individuals to prepare for Hurricane Season. Diaz-Balart promotes National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which begins on May 24th and runs through May 30th. Read More

Díaz-Balart a la administración Obama: no dejen que el narcoterrorista Ricardo Palmera (“Simón Trinidad”) salga de la prisión

2015/05/20

Los congresistas Díaz-Balart, Ros-Lehtinen y Curbelo enviaron una carta a la fiscal general Loretta Lynch tras recibir informes de que el Gobierno de Barack Obama podría estar considerando soltar al narcoterrorista de las FARC Ricardo Palmera (alias “Simón Trinidad”) de la prisión federal en los Estados Unidos para participar en "negociaciones" en La Habana entre las FARC, organización terrorista extranjera según EEUU, y la administración del presidente de Colombia Juan Manuel Santos. Read More

Diaz-Balart Stands in Firm Solidarity with the Cuban People on Cuba’s Independence Day

2015/05/20

Congressman Diaz-Balart released the following statement in honor of Cuba’s Independence Day. Read More

Convicted FARC Commander Ricardo Palmera Must Not Be Released

2015/05/19

Congressman Diaz-Balart, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, and Congressman Curbelo sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch following reports that the Obama Administration might be considering whether to permit convicted FARC commander Ricardo Palmera to leave federal prison in the United States for “negotiations” in Havana between the FARC, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, and the Santos Administration. Palmera is the most senior member of the FARC to be captured and convicted, and is currently serving a 60-year sentence in a maximum-security prison in Colorado. Read More

Diaz-Balart Successful in Fully Funding Everglades Restoration in FY16 Appropriations Bill

2015/05/01

Congressman Diaz-Balart, founder and co-chair of the Congressional Everglades Caucus and chair of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016. Read More

House Republicans Pass Bicameral Budget Resolution

2015/05/01

Congressman Diaz-Balart, member of the Budget Conference Committee and chair of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, released the following statement after the House passage of S. Con. Res. 11, the Bicameral Budget Resolution for FY2016. Read More

Diaz-Balart Calls on Obama Administration to Condemn Human Rights Abuses in Cuba and Express Solidarity with Hospitalized Activist Yuriet Pedroso González

2015/04/30

Congressman Diaz-Balart released the following statement after reports that Cuban human rights activist Yuriet Pedroso González is gravely ill following a hunger strike. Read More

Diaz-Balart Appointed to Budget Conference

2015/04/14

Congressman Diaz-Balart, member of the House Committee on the Budget and chair of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, released the following statement after he was appointed as a conferee to the bicameral budget conference. Read More

Obama’s Shameful Eagerness to Appease Dictators Has No Bounds

2015/04/14

Congressman Diaz-Balart released the following statement after the Obama Administration announced the Cuban regime’s removal from the state sponsors of terrorism list. Read More

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Contact Information

436 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4211
Fax 202-225-8576
mariodiazbalart.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Budget

Appropriations

Mario Diaz-Balart is currently fulfilling his 6th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. At the beginning of the 112th Congress, Diaz-Balart was asked to serve on one of the most prestigious committees: House Committee on Appropriations.  As part of the House Committee on Appropriations, he sits on three of its subcommittees: State and Foreign Operations, Commerce, Justice, and Science, and as Vice-Chair of Financial Services.

Diaz-Balart was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 to represent Florida’s 25th Congressional district, which at the time, covered portions of Miami-Dade County, Collier County, and Monroe County.  Diaz-Balart continued to represent the three counties until 2010, when he ran unopposed for Florida’s 21st Congressional district. After the 2012 redistricting cycle, he ran for the newly redrawn 25th Congressional district, to which he was elected. The 25th district now includes parts of Miami-Dade, Broward, Collier, and Hendry Counties.

Prior to his time in Congress, Diaz-Balart served 14 years in the Florida State Legislature in both chambers, House and Senate.  At age 31, Diaz-Balart became the youngest person ever elected to the Florida Senate, as well as the first Hispanic to serve as Chair of the Combined Appropriations / Ways and Means / Finance and Tax Committee. During his tenure in the state legislature, he consistently ranked among the most effective legislators in Florida, developing a reputation as a budget hawk, and supporting minority voting rights.

In Washington, Diaz-Balart has worked tireless to make American homes and communities safer and stronger in the face of hurricanes and other natural disasters. In 2013, he introduced the Safe Building Code Incentive Act (H.R. 1878), legislation that would provide financial incentives to states that adopt and enforce nationally recognized model building codes. These states would also qualify for an additional 4 percent of funding for hazard mitigation grants. That same year, he introduced the Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act (H.R. 2241), which would incentivize home and building owners to utilize resilient construction methods when building and renovating home and commercial structures in federally declared disaster areas. Over the long run, both of these bills would save hard-earned taxpayer dollars and minimize the risk of property damage, but more importantly, would reduce the loss of life.

Diaz-Balart has also been a strong proponent of improving public safety and transportation.  Throughout his tenure in Congress, Diaz-Balart has helped deliver millions of federal dollars for the I-75 widening project and Miami-Dade Transit. As a true South Floridian, the Everglades restoration has been an ongoing project for Diaz-Balart. As founder and co-chairman of the Everglades Caucus, he has consistently fought to secure billions for the overall restoration and prevented massive funding cuts in recent years. Diaz-Balart has promoted hurricane preparedness and ensured federal relief for Florida in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, and Rita.

Diaz-Balart was born on September 25, 1961 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Rafael and Hilda Diaz-Balart, and the youngest of four brothers (Rafael, Lincoln, and Jose). He studied Political Science at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Diaz-Balart currently resides in Miami, Florida with his wife and son.


Serving With

Jeff Miller

FLORIDA's 1st DISTRICT

Ted Yoho

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Ander Crenshaw

FLORIDA's 4th DISTRICT

Ron DeSantis

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John Mica

FLORIDA's 7th DISTRICT

Bill Posey

FLORIDA's 8th DISTRICT

Daniel Webster

FLORIDA's 10th DISTRICT

Rich Nugent

FLORIDA's 11th DISTRICT

Gus Bilirakis

FLORIDA's 12th DISTRICT

David Jolly

FLORIDA's 13th DISTRICT

Dennis Ross

FLORIDA's 15th DISTRICT

Vern Buchanan

FLORIDA's 16th DISTRICT

Tom Rooney

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Curt Clawson

FLORIDA's 19th DISTRICT

Carlos Curbelo

FLORIDA's 26th DISTRICT

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

FLORIDA's 27th DISTRICT

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