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Julio Robaina

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Julio Robaina
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Florida House of Representatives District 117
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Republican
Profession SVC Technician, Bell South
Julio Robaina is a former Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 117 from 2002 to 2010. He served as Mayor, Vice Mayor and Commissioner of South Miami.


Robaina's professional experience includes working as an SVC Technician with Bell South.

He is a member of the Film and Entertainment Advisory Board, Governor's Association of Mayors, Greater Miami Host Committee Board of Directors, Southwest Young Men's Christian Association Board of Directors, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Cool Communities, Florida Unit of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Habitat for Humanity and Neighbors 4 Neighbors.[1]

Committee assignments


Issue positions

Robaina did not provide answers to the Florida State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

Robaina's sponsored legislation included:

  • HB 35 - "Driver's License Fees: Increases fees for reinstating suspended or revoked driver's license or commercial motor vehicle license; increases civil penalty for late payment of civil traffic penalties; requires funds be used to recruit & retain officers of Florida Highway Patrol."
  • HB 825 - "Ad Valorem Taxation of Working Waterfront Property: Provides for classification & assessment of specified properties based upon current use"
  • HB 1523 - "Electronic Gaming Machines: Provides powers & duties of Department of Lottery pertaining to video lottery games; provides requirements for operation of video lottery games; requires video lottery retailers to execute certain agreements governing payment of purses & special thoroughbred racing awards"

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2010

Robaina ran for election to the District 36 seat of the Florida State Senate in 2010. He lost to Miguel Diaz de la Portilla in the August 24 primary by a margin of 12,167-10,254. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[3]


On November 4, 2008, Robaina won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 117th District, defeating Maria Mena (write-in). Robaina received 39,252 votes in the election while Mena received 21 votes.[4] Robaina raised $103,854 for his campaign.[5]

Florida House of Representatives, District 117
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Julio Robaina (R) 39,252 99.9%
Maria Mena (write-in) 21 0.1%

Campaign donors


Below are Robaina's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[6]

Contributor 2008 total
Hospital Corporation of America $2,000
Dade County Classroom Teachers Assoc $2,000
FL Assoc of Realtors $2,000
FL Police Benevolent Assoc $1,500
FL Hospital Assoc $1,000

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Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 117
Succeeded by
Michael Bileca