Lincoln Diaz-Balart

Former Representative from Florida's 21st Congressional District

Lincoln Diaz-Balart

Lincoln Diaz-Balart

Former Representative from Florida's 21st Congressional District

Biography

Lincoln Diaz-Balart practices international law in Miami, Florida. He is Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), in Washington, DC, a Board Member of the Fundacion Hispano-Cubana, in Madrid, Spain, and a collaborator of The White Rose Institute, in Miami, Florida.

Lincoln Diaz-Balart attended public elementary schools in South Florida and high school at the American School of Madrid, Spain. He received a degree in international relations from New College of Florida, in Sarasota, and obtained a diploma in British politics in Cambridge, England. He received his law degree from Cleveland, Ohio's, Case Western Reserve University.

In 1992, Lincoln was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Florida's 21st Congressional District. He served as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee during his first term. In 1994, Lincoln Diaz-Balart became the first Hispanic in history to be named to the powerful House Rules Committee. The Rules Committee decides which legislation may reach the House Floor and what amendments may be debated. In 1996, Lincoln drafted much of the legislation that strengthened the U.S. embargo against the Cuban dictatorship. He was specifically responsible for codifying the embargo, making the lifting of sanctions contingent upon the liberation of all political prisoners, without exceptions, and the scheduling of multiparty elections in Cuba. He was the author of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act of 1997 (NACARA), which granted legal residency to hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the United States.

As a member of the House Rules Committee, Lincoln Diaz-Balart took historic pieces of legislation to the House Floor for passage, including the Joint Resolution authorizing the use of the United States Armed Forces against those in Afghanistan responsible for the attacks of September 11, 2001 against the United States, the creation of the "Department of Homeland Security”, and the 25 year extension of the Voting Rights Act.

For his extraordinary work on behalf of Nicaraguan immigrants in the United States, Lincoln Diaz-Balart received the "Order of Ruben Dario in Great Cross Grade" medal from the President of Nicaragua on February 23, 2003. On April 13, 2004, due to his work on behalf of Colombian immigrants in the U.S., Lincoln Diaz-Balart received the highest medals awarded by the Senate and the House of Representatives of Colombia. On November 9, 2005, Lincoln Diaz-Balart was awarded the "Commander of the Ouissam Alaouite Order" of Morocco, for his efforts to deepen relations between the United States and Morocco. For his work on behalf of Salvadoran immigrants in the United States, Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart received the highest Medal granted by El Salvador, the "Orden Nacional Jose Matias Delgado en Grado de Plata" from the President of El Salvador on May 3, 2008. Due to his work on behalf of handicapped Ukrainian children and the deepening of relations between Ukraine and the United States, he was awarded the "Order of Merit" by the Republic of Ukraine on December 2, 2009. On November 12, 2011, for his work for human rights, he was awarded the "Lithuanian Diplomacy Star” by the Republic of Lithuania.

Lincoln Diaz-Balart retired from the U.S. Congress in January 2011, after the election of his brother, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, without opposition, to the seat Lincoln held for 18 years.

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Primary Location

Miami, FL, United States

Number of Boards

2

Birthday

08/1954 - Havana, Cuba

Age

65

Number of Awards

2

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Assistant Vice President, Federal Relations at AT&T, Inc.

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Vice President-Federal Government Affairs at Comcast Corporation

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Senior Advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Co-Founder at Amigos for Kids

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Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer at BP America, Inc.

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Manager, Community Development at Ford Motor Company Fund

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Representative at Office of the Representative from Florida's 9th District, Darren Soto

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Executive Vice President of Government & Corporate Affairs at Univision Communications, Inc.

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Member, Corporate Board at Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

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January 16, 2020
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Tampa Bay Times
January 15, 2020
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January 14, 2020
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Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Former Representative from Florida's 21st Congressional District
Education
JD
Class of 1979

Case Western Reserve University School of Law is the law school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. It was one of the first schools accredited by the American Bar Association. The school is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

B.A.
Class of 1976

New College of Florida is a public liberal arts college located in Sarasota, Florida, United States. It was founded originally as a private institution and is now an autonomous honors college of the State University System of Florida.

Graduate
Class of 1972

The American School of Madrid is a school in Madrid.

Case Western Reserve University provides educational services. It offers a variety of undergraduate degree courses and graduate and professional options such as arts and sciences, dentistry, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing, social work, and more. The firm also offers dual-degree programs. The company was founded in 1826 and is headquartered in Cleveland, OH.

Diploma in British Politics

The University of Cambridge (informally known as Cambridge University or Cambridge) is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world (after the University of Oxford), and the seventh-oldest in the world.

Career History
Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Current
Political Donations
$500
2014

Senior Vice President-American Intercontinental University at Perdoceo Education Corp.

$1,000
2012

Co-Chair at Mercury

$1,000
2012

Government Affairs Counselor at K&L Gates LLP

Political Donations Received
Awards & Honors
2009
Government of Ukraine - Order of Merit
Government of Mexico - Ohtli Award
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