Miguel Diaz de la Portilla

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Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
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Florida State Senate, District 40
Incumbent
In office
2010 - present
Term ends
November 17, 2014
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits 2 terms (8 years)
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Miami, 1984
J.D.University of Miami, 1987
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Miguel Diaz de la Portilla is a Republican member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 40. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Diaz de la Portilla served as a Miami-Dade County Commissioner from 1993 to 1999, and has participated on a number of regional government commissions and boards.

Biography

Diaz de la Portilla earned his B.A. in Philosophy and English Literature and his J.D. from the University of Miami in 1984 and 1987, respectively. His professional experience includes working as a shareholder in the law firm of Becker and Poliakoff; his area of practice includes government procurement, bid protests, zoning and land use.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Portilla served on the following committees:

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance
Children, Families, and Elder Affairs
Ethics and Elections
Rules
Transportation
Administrative Procedures

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Diaz de la Portilla served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2010

Diaz de la Portilla's website highlighted the following campaign themes.[1]

  • Education
Excerpt: "As State Senator, I will fight to improve our public schools and work to give teachers raises, while continuing to give parents the right of school choice in order to make the best educational decisions for their children."
  • Rebuilding Our Economy and Lowering Taxes
Excerpt: "In the State Senate, I will work tirelessly to grow Florida’s economy by moving government out of the way and supporting an environment in which businesses can thrive by reducing the burden on American workers, small businesses and entrepreneurs."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "I realize that government is not the solution to getting our economy back on track, but rather the investment of small businesses, the ingenuity of entrepreneurs and the creativity of individuals are the engines that will drive Florida's economy."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "I believe that the government's role in health care should be to protect and serve our state's most vulnerable residents – children, elderly and the disabled. Outside of that, I advocate for free market principles to allow Floridians to make their own health care decisions."
  • Family
Excerpt: "I am a pro-life conservative who is unwavering in my commitment to protect family values and the sanctity of human life."
  • Defending Our Second Amendment Rights
Excerpt: "In the Florida Senate, I will fight to ensure that all of our Constitutional rights are protected and maintain the responsibility of lawmakers to ensure that criminals who violate the law are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, rather than restricting the rights of law abiding citizens."
  • Property Rights
Excerpt: "I am committed to protecting the private property rights of all Floridians. By protecting individual property rights, we also secure our other freedoms as Americans."

Elections

2014

See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Florida State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 20, 2014. Incumbent Miguel Diaz de la Portilla was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[2][3]

2012

See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Diaz de la Portilla won re-election in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 40. Diaz de la Portilla ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012, and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

2010

See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2010

Portilla won election, defeating Luisa Artiles (write-in) and Alberto E. Fortes (write-in) in the November 2 general election.[6]

Florida State Senate, District 36
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R) 58,138 99.94%
Luisa Artiles (Write-in) 31 0.05%
Alberto E. Fortes (Write-in) 6 0.01%

Portilla defeated Julio Robaina and J. Nillo in the August 24 primary.

Florida State Senate, District 36 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Miguel Diaz de la Portilla 12,167
Julio Robaina 10,254
J. Nillo 1,059

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Diaz de la Portilla is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Diaz de la Portilla raised a total of $888,005 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[7]

Miguel Diaz de la Portilla's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State Senate, District 40 Won $237,804
2010 Florida State Senate, District 36 Won $650,201
Grand Total Raised $888,005

2012

Diaz de la Portilla won re-election to the Florida State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Diaz de la Portilla raised a total of $237,804.
Florida State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Miguel Diaz de la Portilla's campaign in 2012
Hospital Corp of America$2,000
Florida Police Benevolent Association$1,500
Farmer Sr, Gary M$1,000
Bates, H Scott$1,000
Florida State Correctional Officers$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$237,804
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Diaz de la Portilla won election to the Florida State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Diaz de la Portilla raised a total of $650,201.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 3 through May 5.[8]

2013

In 2013, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 5 through May 3.[9]

Personal

Portilla and his wife, Mari, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rene Garcia (R)
Florida Senate District 40
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Alex Diaz de la Portilla
Florida Senate District 36
2010–2012
Succeeded by
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