David Rivera

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David Rivera
David Rivera.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 26
Prior offices
U.S. House, Florida, District 25
January 3, 2011-January 3, 2013
Florida House of Representatives, District 112
High schoolMiami Christian High School
Bachelor'sFlorida International University (1986)[1]
Master'sFlorida International University (1994)
Date of birthSeptember 16, 1965
Place of birthNew York, New York
Office website
Campaign website
David Mauricio Rivera (b. September 16, 1965) was a Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. He ran in the 26th Congressional District of Florida.[2] On July 11, 2014, just over two months after launching a campaign for his old seat, Rivera suspended his campaign.[3] A month after announcing he suspended his campaign, Rivera announced on August 11, 2014, that he would continue his campaign for the Republican primary.[4] He lost in the primary election.

He was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rivera was elected by voters from Florida's 25th Congressional District. He served from 2011-2013.

Due to redistricting, Rivera ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 26th District. He won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[5] Rivera ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[6] He was defeated on November 6, 2012, by Joe Garcia.[7]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rivera was a "centrist Republican follower."[8]


Rivera was born in New York City on September 16, 1965, and moved to Florida in 1974.[9] He graduated from Miami Christian High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Political Science from Florida International University in 1986 and his MPA in 1994.[1]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Rivera served on the following committees:[10]

Florida House of Representatives



Florida House of Representatives

Rivera's sponsored legislation included:

  • HB 1485 - "Secondhand Dealers: Provides that certain businesses that purchase precious metals are exempt from provisions of law regulating secondhand dealers under certain circumstances."
  • HB 1489 - "Workers' Compensation: Decriminalizes receipt of attorney's fee that has not been approved by judge of compensation claims; limits scope of judge of compensation claims' authority to approve settlement agreements; revises provisions relating to attorney's fees"
  • HB 1491 - "Pari-Mutuel Permitholders: Provides that no new pari-mutuel permits shall be issued after certain date; removes provisions for application to Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering for permit to conduct quarter horse race meetings"

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

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

David Rivera endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [11]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Rivera voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[12]



Campaign finance scandal

During the primary stage of the 2012 election season that ended in Rivera's defeat by Democrat Joe Garcia, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald identified discrepancies in the campaign finance reports of Garcia's primary opponent, Justin Lamar Sternad.[13] Beginning in Aug. 2012, the newspapers' coverage of Sternad's alleged campaign funding crimes also brought Rivera, who reportedly helped finance anti-Garcia mailers, among other expensive maneuvers executed by the Sternad campaign, to the attention of federal law enforcement authorities. Subsequent investigations by the FBI and the Federal Election Commission resulted in Sternad's indictment on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and concealing the source of unreported campaign funds.[14] Sternad surrendered to federal authorities on February 22, 2013, following a FBI and grand jury investigation which explored Rivera's involvement in the scheme. However it did not produce any charges against Rivera, who denied links to any illegal activity and whose name did not appear in Sternad's indictment. According to The Miami Herald, this is due to the missing testimony of Rivera's close friend as well as Sternad's campaign manager, Ana Alliegro. Alliegro went underground after failing to show up to her meeting with the FBI in Sept. 2012 in which she would have been required to explain eyewitness accounts alleging she funneled the cash from Rivera to Sternad's campaign.[14][15]

Club dues

In July 2013, it was reported that Rivera had used $400 in campaign money to pay for his Capitol Hill Club membership, an exclusive, Republican club. This breaks Federal Election Commission rules that state that campaign contributions cannot be used for club memberships. As of this report, Rivera's campaign was still in debt from the 2012 election.[16]



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.[17][18]

On July 11, 2014, just over two months after launching a campaign for his old seat, Rivera suspended his campaign.[3] A month after announcing he suspended his campaign, Rivera announced on August 11, 2014, that he would continue his campaign for the Republican primary.[4] Rivera lost in the primary.


See also: Florida's 26th Congressional District elections, 2012

Rivera was defeated by Joe Garcia (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[19]

Due to redistricting, Rivera ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 26th District.[20] Rivera ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[6] Rivera was considered a vulnerable incumbent in the 2012 general election.[21] He was defeated on November 6, 2012, by Joe Garcia.[22]

U.S. House, Florida District 26 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Garcia 53.6% 135,694
     Republican David Rivera Incumbent 43% 108,820
     Independent Angel Fernandez 2.3% 5,726
     Independent Jose Peixoto 1.1% 2,717
Total Votes 252,957
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign themes


Rivera's campaign website listed the following issues:[23]

  • Economy: Tax Cuts, Jobs and Balanced Budgets
Excerpt: "David believes that the biggest problem our economy is facing is that business owners, especially small business owners are nervous, and reluctant to start hiring again. The federal government needs to stop spending more money, and start incentivizing the growth of businesses to encourage lasting job creation. "
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "David supports and protects the right to bear arms. He has received ‘A’ ratings from the from the National Rifle Association and in this past legislative session he was instrumental in passing a bill that protected the concealed weapons and firearms licensing trust fund from being raided, which would have amounted to a tax on the Second Amendment."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "David believes that stopping illegal immigration starts by controlling our borders and strengthening existing penalties for people entering the country illegally. There are also many businesses that subsist on the work of illegal immigrants and David believes that the federal government must enact harsh penalties against employers that hire illegal immigrants. "
  • Israel
Excerpt: "David believes that Israel stands as a beacon of freedom in a region where freedom is especially stifled. Because of this he values the unique relationship that the United States and Israel have shared. David believes in providing foreign aid to Israel and will support calls to our Arab allies to work towards normalizing relations with Israel. "
  • Iran
Excerpt: "David believes in putting pressure on Iran to end its uranium enrichment and weaponry programs. He will support legislation and actions that condemn Iran if they continue to build up a nuclear and military threat against Israel and its neighbors in the Middle East and Europe. "


Due to Florida term limits, Rivera did not run for re-election in the Florida House of Representatives elections of 2010.[24]

On November 2, 2010, David Rivera won election to the United States House. He defeated Joe Garcia (D), Roly Arrojo (Tea Party) and Craig Porter (Florida Whig Party) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, Florida District 25 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Rivera 52.1% 74,859
     Democratic Joe Garcia 42.6% 61,138
     Tea Party Roly Arrojo 3% 4,312
     Florida Whig Party Craig Porters 2.3% 3,244
Total Votes 143,553


On November 4, 2008, Rivera won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 112th District, defeating Maria Gonzalez (write-in). Rivera received 32,412 votes in the election while Gonzalez received 23 votes.[26] Rivera raised $347,946 for his campaign.[27]

Florida House of Representatives, District 112
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png David Rivera (R) 32,412 99.9%
Maria Gonzalez (write-in) 23 0.1%

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rivera's reports.[28]

David Rivera (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 10, 2013$0$0$(939)$3,238
July Quarterly[30]July 11, 2013$3,238$0$(2,617)$620
October Quarterly[31]October 7, 2013$620$0$(113)$507
Year End[32]January 17, 2014$507$0$(0)$507
April Quarterly[33]April 9, 2014$507$0$(0)$507
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Rivera's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Rivera lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Rivera's campaign committee raised a total of $609,503 and spent $616,312.[34]

On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Democratic challenger Joe Garcia outraised Republican incumbent David Rivera in the third quarter. Garcia raised $431,000 to Rivera's $122,000.[35]


Breakdown of the source of Rivera's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Rivera won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Rivera's campaign committee raised a total of $1,895,640 and spent $1,884,654 .[36]


Below are Rivera's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[37]

Contributor 2008 total
Hospital Corp of America $3,500
FL Hospital Assoc $2,500
Bahia Honda Real Estate Investments $2,000
FL Cable Telecommunications Assoc $2,000
FL Assoc of Insurance Agents $2,000


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rivera paid his congressional staff a total of $740,577 in 2011. He ranked 19th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 21st overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranked 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[38]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Rivera's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-148,998 and $164,999. That averages to $8,000.50, which was lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[39]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Rivera ranked 143rd in the conservative rankings in 2011.[40]

Voting with party

David Rivera voted with the Republican Party 92 of the time, which ranked 129 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[41]


Rivera was born in New York, New York, in 1965 and moved to Miami, Florida, in 1974.[9] He currently resides in Miami, Florida.

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 RIVERA, David, "Biographical Information" accessed October 24, 2011
  2. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed May 6, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Miami Herald, "David Rivera suspends Miami campaign for Congress," accessed July 14, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Miami Herald, "With beginning of early voting, former Congressman David Rivera returns to campaign trail," accessed August 13, 2014 (dead link)
  5. Politico, "Taddeo is 2nd Dem planning Rivera challenge" accessed December 3, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 AP Results, "U.S. House Results," accessed August 14, 2012
  7. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  8. GovTrack, "Rivera" accessed May 15, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Congressman David Rivera, "Full Biography" accessed October 24, 2011
  10. 10.0 10.1 Congressman David Rivera, "Committees and Caucuses" accessed October 24, 2011
  11. FOX News Latino, "Florida Republican Breaks ranked with Fellow Lawmakers and Supports Gingrich," January 17, 2012 (dead link)
  12. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  13. The Miami Herald, "Amid FBI probe, GOP prepares for Rivera indictment, loss and future successors," October 2, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 The Miami Herald, "Suspect in David Rivera campaign-finance scandal charged Friday with federal crimes," February 21, 2013 (dead link)
  15. Miami Herald, "Under federal investigation, ex-Rep. David Rivera announces he'll run for congress again," accessed May 8, 2014
  16. The Washington Post, "Ex-representative Rivera used campaign cash for club dues," July 17, 2013
  17. Associated Press, "Primary Results 2014," accessed August 26, 2014
  18. The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  19. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Florida"
  20. Florida Election Division, "Candidate List," accessed March 28, 2012
  21. New York Times, "House Ratings" accessed October 3
  22. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  23. Campaign website, Issues
  24. Florida Department of Elections, "List of 2010 state legislative candidates in Florida," November 2, 2010
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Florida Department of Elections, "Florida House Official Election Results," November 4, 2008
  27. District 112 Florida House candidate funds, 2008
  28. Federal Election Commission, "David Rivera 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 22, 2014
  29. [ http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/818/13940515818/13940515818.pdf Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," May 22, 2014]
  30. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed May 22, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed May 22, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed May 22, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 22, 2014
  34. OpenSecrets, "2012 Election" accessed March 21, 2013
  35. Daily Kos, "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012
  36. Open Secrets, "David Rivera 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 26, 2011
  37. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions," accessed November 20, 2014
  38. LegiStorm, "David Rivera"
  39. OpenSecrets, "Rivera, (R-Florida), 2010"
  40. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Mario Diaz-Balart (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 25
Succeeded by
Mario Diaz-Balart (R)
Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 112
Succeeded by
Jeanette Nuñez