Mario Diaz-Balart

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Mario Diaz-Balart
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U.S. House, Florida, District 25
Incumbent
In office
2003-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDavid Rivera (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,889,681
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives, Florida's 21st District
2011-2013
Florida House of Representatives, Florida's 112th district
2000-2002
Florida State Senate, Florida's 37th district
1992-2000
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Florida
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 25, 1961
Place of birthFort Lauderdale, Florida
ProfessionPolitical Assistant
Net worth-$37,000
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mario Rafael Diaz-Balart Caballero (b. September 25, 1961, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Diaz-Balart was elected by voters from Florida's 25th congressional district.

Due to redistricting, Diaz-Balart ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 25th District.[1][2][3] Diaz-Balart was first elected to the U.S. House in 2002 and served until 2010, representing District 25. He was elected to District 21 in 2010.[4]

He previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from the 21st District from 2011 to 2013, District 112 of the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002 and District 37 of the Florida State Senate form 1992 to 2000.[4]

Diaz-Balart is running for re-election to the U.S. House, representing the 25th congressional district of Florida. Diaz-Balart is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Diaz-Balart is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Diaz-Balart was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on September 25, 1961.[5]

He attended the University of South Florida in Tampa where he studied Political Science before beginning his public service career as an aide to then City of Miami Mayor in 1985. [4]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Diaz-Balart serves on the following committees:[6]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations

2011-2012

  • Committee on Appropriations[7]
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (Vice Chair)
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

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

Mario Diaz-Balart endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [8]

Political positions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Diaz Balart voted for 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[10] For more information pertaining to Diaz-Balart's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

National security

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Diaz-Balart voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Neutral/Abstain Diaz-Balart did not vote on House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Diaz-Balart voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Diaz-Balart voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]

Economy

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Neutral/Abstain Diaz-Balart did not vote on House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Diaz-Balart voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[12]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Diaz-Balart voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Diaz-Balart voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013,by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[12]

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 25th congressional district elections, 2014

Diaz-Balart is running for re-election to the U.S. House, representing the 25th congressional district of Florida. Diaz-Balart is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Florida's 25th congressional district elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Diaz-Balart ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 25th District. He won the nomination on the Republican ticket. No Democratic candidates have qualified for the election. Primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Diaz-Balart ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[2] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[14]

U.S. House, Florida District 25 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMario Diaz-Balart Incumbent 75.6% 151,466
     Independent VoteforEddie.Com 8.5% 17,099
     Independent Stanley Blumenthal 15.8% 31,664
Total Votes 200,229
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Diaz-Balart is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Diaz-Balart raised a total of $5,889,681 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[19]

Mario Diaz-Balart's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 25) Won $852,973
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 21) Won $739,771
2008 U.S. House (Florida, District 21) Won $1,982,909
2006 U.S. House (Florida, District 21) Won $696,022
2004 U.S. House (Florida, District 21) Won $544,127
2002 U.S. House (Florida, District 21) Won $1,073,879
Grand Total Raised $5,889,681

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Diaz-Balart's reports.[20]

Mario Diaz-Balart (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]7/8/2013$298,471.17$65,589.42$(64,581.48)$299,479.11
July Quarterly[22]7/13/2013$299,479.11$112,963.44$(70,624.90)$341,817.65
Running totals
$178,552.86$(135,206.38)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Diaz-Balart's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Diaz-Balart won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Diaz-Balart's campaign committee raised a total of $852,973 and spent $769,587.[23] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[24]

Cost per vote

Diaz-Balart spent $5.08 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Balart won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Balart's campaign committee raised a total of $739,771 and spent $541,148 .[25]

U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 21st Congressional District, 2010 - Mario Diaz-Balart Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $739,771
Total Spent $541,148
Total Raised by General Election Opponent
Total Spent by General Election Opponent
Top contributors to Mario Diaz-Balart's campaign committee
MCM Corp$25,300
Leon Medical Centers$20,200
Flo-Sun Inc$12,400
AT&T Inc$10,000
Carpenters & Joiners Union$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$49,386
Air Transport$36,750
Health Professionals$36,400
Real Estate$35,550
General Contractors$32,800

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Diaz-Balart is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 13, 2013.[26]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[27]

Diaz-Balart most often votes with:

Diaz-Balart least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Diaz-Balart missedd 352 of 7,661 roll call votes from Jan 2003 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 4.6%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[28]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Diaz-Balart paid his congressional staff a total of $869,286 in 2011. He ranks 925th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 113th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 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.[29]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Diaz-Balart is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Diaz-Balart's staff was given an apparent $2,400.00 in bonus money.[30]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Yoho's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$63,999 and -$10,001. That averages to -$37,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 13.85%% from 2010.[31]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Diaz-Balart's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-50,000 and $-15,001. That averages to $-32,500.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[32]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Diaz-Balart ranked 217th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[33]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Diaz-Balart ranked 215th in the conservative rankings.[34]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Mario Diaz-Balart has voted with the Republican Party 92.5% of the time, which ranked 200th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[35]

Personal

Diaz-Balart lives in Miami, FL with his wife and son.[4]

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External links


References

  1. The Washington Post "Breaking down the Florida GOP’s redistricting map" Accessed February 14, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  3. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart "Biography" Accessed October 20, 2011
  5. Bioguide, "Mario Diaz-Balart," accessed September 9, 2013
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart "Committees" Accessed October 20, 2011
  8. FOX News Latino, "Romney Endorsed by 3 Key Latino Pols in Florida," November 29, 2011
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Project Votesmart, "Mario Diaz-Balart Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  15. Florida Division of Elections--Department of State "Candidate Listing for 2010 General Election" accessed October 20, 2011
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Mario Diaz-Balart" Accessed April 4, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission "Mario Diaz-Balart 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Mario Diaz-Balart 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 14, 2013
  24. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Mario Daiz-Balart 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 26, 2011
  26. Gov Track "Diaz-Balart" Accessed June 13, 2013
  27. OpenCongress, "Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart," Accessed August 1, 2013
  28. GovTrack, "Jo Diaz-Balart," Accessed March 29, 2013
  29. LegiStorm "Mario Diaz-Balart"
  30. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Diaz-Balart (R-Fla_, 2011"
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Diaz-Balart, (R-Florida), 2010"
  33. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  34. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
David Rivera (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 25
2013–present
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
Lincoln Diaz-Balart
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 21
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Theodore E. Deutch (D)