Carlos Curbelo

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Carlos Curbelo
U.S. House, Florida, District 26
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$2,357,913
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Miami
Master'sUniversity of Miami
Date of birthMarch 1, 1980
Place of birthMiami, Florida
Office website
Campaign website
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Carlos Curbelo (b. March 1, 1980, in Miami, Florida) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 26th Congressional District of Florida.[1][2] Curbelo was first elected in 2014. He defeated incumbent Joe Garcia in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]


Curbelo earned both his bachelor's degree in business administration and his master's degree in public administration from the University of Miami. Following college, he founded Capitol Gains, a media relations firm. Curbelo became the State Director for U.S. Sen. George LeMieux in 2009 and was appointed to the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization in 2010. He was also elected to the Miami Dade County School Board in 2010.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Curbelo's academic, professional and political career:[5]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from Florida's 26th Congressional District
  • 2011: Graduated from University of Miami, Coral Gables, with an M.A.
  • 2010: Member of the Miami-Dade County School Board
  • 2009-2011: Staff, United States Senator George LeMieux
  • 2002: Graduated from University of Miami, Coral Gables, with a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Curbelo serves on the following committees:[6]


Campaign themes


Curbelo's campaign website listed the following issues:[7]

  • Economy: "The weak economic recovery is leaving too many people behind. Young people cannot find work after college, millions are employed part-time despite needing full-time work to sustain their families, and wages are stagnant across the board. Unfortunately our economy is the victim of self-inflicted wounds like the 30 hour work week under Obamacare, increased regulation, and an unsustainable fiscal policy which relies on deficit spending to fund the government. Every day, it seems like there is less incentive for people to work in our country."
  • Healthcare: "My neighbors in District 26 want a quality healthcare system at an affordable cost. The President’s Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has increased the cost of healthcare for millions of Americans and is threatening our economic recovery. A law that gives the IRS an outsized role in our healthcare system, considers 30 hours a full work week, and cuts funding for Medicare is at best, deeply flawed."
  • Taxes: "We must reform our tax system. We need fewer and lower marginal tax rates for all Americans and a reduced corporate tax rate which lead to more job creation and a dynamic recovery. We should close all special interest loopholes and increase the child tax credit for working families raising dependent children. "
  • Entitlement Reform: "We must keep the promise of Social Security to current beneficiaries and begin reforming the program, so that it can serve younger generations of Americans. Beginning in 2021, program costs are projected to exceed income, shrinking the trust funds. This threatens the future of Social Security and the quality of life of future retirees. As Baby Boomers enroll in Medicare, it too is facing serious challenges. The program’s hospital insurance trust fund will be insolvent in 2026. That’s just twelve years away and means an uncertain future for younger Americans. These programs require bold decisions and innovative reforms that will guarantee their existence for rising generations of Americans."
  • Foreign Policy: "Every day the world is more unstable. The Middle East is in chaos with Israel under attack by Hamas terrorists in Gaza, and radical Islamist extremists seeking to form a new country in which they will be able to operate freely. Syria continues disintegrating and Iran is only buying time in order to continue their nuclear program. Meanwhile Vladimir Putin is invading countries in Eastern Europe and was obviously involved in the downing of a commercial airliner, killing almost 300 innocent people. Putin is also rebuilding old Soviet-era alliances."
  • Immigration: "Our nation like any other nation has the right and the duty to secure its borders. We must know who is coming into and who is leaving our country, and we must insist that all border traffic be legal. The recent influx of unaccompanied children has exposed the challenges we face at the US-Mexico border. This must be addressed. We also have to reform our visa system. Nearly half of all the people living in our country illegally have overstayed their visas. It is unacceptable for a great nation like ours to be incapable of tracking visa holders."


—Carlos Curbelo's campaign website,



See also: Florida's 26th Congressional District elections, 2014

Florida's 26th Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014. Incumbent Joe Garcia faced no challenger in the Democratic primary. In the Republican primary, Carlos Curbelo triumphed over Ed MacDougall, Joe Martinez, Lorenzo Palomares Starbuck and former U.S. Rep. David Rivera. Curbelo then beat incumbent Garcia in the general election on November 4, 2014.[9][3]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Curbelo to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to received "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[10][11]

U.S. House, Florida District 26 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCarlos Curbelo 51.5% 83,031
     Democratic Joe Garcia Incumbent 48.5% 78,306
Total Votes 161,337
Source: Florida Division of Elections
U.S. House, Florida District 26 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCarlos Curbelo 47% 13,861
Ed MacDougall 25.3% 7,455
Joe Martinez 17.4% 5,136
David Rivera 7.5% 2,209
Lorenzo Palomares-Starbuck 2.8% 824
Total Votes 29,485
Source: Florida Division of Elections


  • Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart endorsed Curbelo on May 13, 2014.[12]
    • "Carlos' dedication to public service is something I truly admire. I have always known him to be respectful and have a strong sense of integrity. His time serving on the Miami Dade County School Board has proven his effective leadership and commitment to government transparency and fiscal responsibility, both of which Florida's residents deserve. I proudly stand with Carlos in his candidacy for the 26th Congressional District,” Diaz-Balart said.[12]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Curbelo is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Curbelo raised a total of $2,357,913 during that time period. This information was last updated on February 3, 2015.[13]

Carlos Curbelo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Florida, District 26) Won $2,357,913
Grand Total Raised $2,357,913


Curbelo won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Curbelo's campaign committee raised a total of $2,357,913 and spent $2,347,633.[14] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[15]

Cost per vote

Curbelo spent $28.27 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Florida District 26, 2014 - Carlos Curbelo Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,357,913
Total Spent $2,347,633
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $3,765,189
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $3,787,929
Top contributors to Carlos Curbelo's campaign committee
McM Corp$30,600
Leon Medical Centers$23,000
L&R Structural Corp$19,800
IRL PAC$15,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$219,200
Foreign & Defense Policy$140,300
Real Estate$125,050
General Contractors$105,405

Below are Curbelo's FEC reports.[16]

Following the election, the FEC asked Curbelo about over $93,000 in omitted or mislabeled campaign contributions, which could result in fines. Curbelo's campaign manager said, "Once we get everything answered, we should be OK. We’re not trying to hide anything.”[24]


Curbelo and his wife, Cecilia, have two children.[4]

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  1. Politico, "Carlos Curbelo to challenge Joe Garcia in Florida," accessed July 8, 2013
  2. Florida Election Division, "Candidate List," accessed April 2, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Campaign website, "About Carlos," accessed October 16, 2014
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "CURBELO, Carlos, (1980 - )," accessed January 21, 2015
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 19, 2015
  7. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 15, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Associated Press, "Primary Results 2014," accessed August 26, 2014
  10. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
  11. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sunshine State News, "Mario Diaz-Balart Backs Carlos Curbelo to Challenge Joe Garcia," accessed May 27, 2014
  13. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Carlos Curbelo," accessed February 3, 2015
  14. Open Secrets, "Carlos Curbelo 2014 Election Cycle," accessed February 24, 2015
  15. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed March 13, 2015
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Carlos Curbelo 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 4, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 24, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Carlos Curbelo July Quarterly," accessed September 30, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Carlos Curbelo Pre-Primary," accessed September 30, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Carlos Curbelo October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Carlos Curbelo Pre-General," accessed November 24, 2014
  24. Miami Herald, "Newly elected Miami congressman asked to explain errors in campaign reports," November 24, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Garcia
U.S. House - Florida District 26
Succeeded by