A Lifetime of Service
Alex Díaz de la Portilla is a Cuban-American Businessman and member of the Republican Party. Alex was elected to the Florida Senate in 2000, where he championed comprehensive public education reform. Alex served as President Pro-Tempore from 2002 to 2004.
During his time in the office, he practiced politics of inclusion and spearheaded conservative economic principles. His level-headed straight forward approach to policy won over his colleagues as he then became the FL Senate Majority Leader in 2010.
Following his tenure as a Florida State Senator and Representative, Díaz de la Portilla was nationally acclaimed for his leadership in the Florida Legislature:
- Florida Economic Development Council, Senator of the Year Award, 2003
- International Union of Police Associations, Legislator of the Year Award, 2003
- House sponsor of the most comprehensive education reform legislation in Florida history, 1999
- Winner of the James Madison Hero of the Year Award for his successful fight to improve the Florida Education System, 1999
- Dade County Optometric Association, Legislator of the Year, 1998
- Led reform movements urging more inclusion in Republican Party of Dade County, 1988 and 1998
- Honored by President Reagan and U.S. Department of Education, Secretary Bell, as one of a group of Hispanic youth leaders at a White House reception, 1983, when he was only 19 years old
Alex Diaz de la Portilla's family history inspired him to run for office, as Democracy has great meaning to him as a Cuban-American. His father and mother were anti-Batista organizers and played roles in the Cuban revolution. Miguel Sr. and his wife, Fabiola de la Portilla, met while working with student groups against then-dictator Fulgencio Batista.
After Batista was ousted and Fidel Castro took over Cuba in 1959, Alex's parents became disillusioned with the Castro regime. They believed in a better future for their family and fled Cuba because their lives were in great danger under the Communist Castro regime. They left their belongings and fled Matanzas, Cuba for Miami, where Alex and his three brothers were born.
Alex, inspired by the legacy of hope and freedom by his parents is running for the Florida Senate in District 40.
About Senate District 40