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Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
Miguel Diaz de la Portilla.jpg
Florida State Senate District 36
In office
November 16, 2010-Present
Term ends
November 16, 2012
Years in position 4
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$133/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits 2 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Miami (1984)
J.D.University of Miami (1987)
Office website
Campaign website
Miguel Diaz de la Portilla is a Republican member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 36 since 2010. Diaz de la Portilla is running in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 36.

Diaz de la Portilla is a shareholder in the law firm of Becker and Poliakoff; his area of practice includes government procurement, bid protests, zoning & land use, and others. He served as Miami-Dade County Commissioner from 1993 to 1999, and has participated in a number of regional government commissions and boards.

He received a BA in Philosophy and English Literature from the University of Miami in 1984. He went on to earn his JD as well from the University of Miami in 1987.


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Diaz de la Portilla lists seven issues he is concerned about.[1] They are:

  • 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."
  • Health Care
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."

Committee assignments

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Diaz de la Portilla has been appointed to these committees:



See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Diaz de la Portilla is running in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 36. Diaz de la Portilla is running unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. The general election takes place on November 6, 2012.[2]


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.[3]

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


Diaz de la Portilla raised $650,201 in campaign contributions in 2010. The largest contributors are listed below.[4]

Florida State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Miguel Diaz de la Portilla's campaign in 2010
Diaz De La Portilla, Miguel A$22,800
Diaz De La Portilla, Miguel$18,700
Hospital Corp Of America$4,000
Florida Chamber Of Commerce$2,500
Total Raised in 2010 $650,201

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Portilla and his wife Mari have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alex Diaz de la Portilla
Florida Senate District 36
Succeeded by