Carlos Trujillo

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Carlos Trujillo
State Representative Carlos Trujillo.jpg
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 105th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 20, 2012
Preceded by Joseph Gibbons
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 116th district
In office
November 16, 2010 – November 20, 2012
Preceded by Marcelo Llorente
Succeeded by Jose Felix Diaz
Personal details
Born (1983-02-25) February 25, 1983 (age 31)
Long Island, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carmen Mir
Children Carlos Manuel, Isabella Alba, Juan Pablo
Alma mater Spring Hill College (B.S.)
Florida State University College of Law (J.D.)
Profession Attorney
Religion Roman Catholicism

Carlos Trujillo (born February 25, 1983) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 105th District, which includes eastern Collier County, northwestern Miami-Dade County, and southern Broward County, since 2012, previously representing the 116th District from 2010 to 2012.

History[edit]

Trujillo was born on Long Island in New York and moved to the state of Florida in 1988. He attended Spring Hill College, graduating with a degree in business administration in 2004, and then the Florida State University College of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor in 2007. Following graduation, he served as an assistant state attorney for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, primarily dealing with felony prosecutions. He then started his own legal practice, Trujillo Vargas LLC.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

When incumbent State Representative Marcelo Llorente was unable to seek re-election in 2010 due to term limits, Trujillo ran to succeed him in the 116th District, which included The Hammocks and Kendale Lakes, suburbs of Miami in central Miami-Dade County. He faced former State Representative Carlos A. Manrique, Francisco Amador, and Whilly Bermudez in the Republican primary, and he emerged narrowly victorious with 34% of the vote. Trujillo advanced to the general election, where he encountered only write-in opposition, winning with 97% of the vote.

In 2012, following the reconfiguration of state legislative districts, Trujillo ran for re-election in the 105th District, which contained territory that was radically different from what he had previously represented in the 116th District. Trujillo kept some of the precincts that he had represented in the Miami suburbs, and expanded to include vast amounts of rural Collier County and Miami-Dade County, stretching from Doral to Naples. He was challenged in the Republican primary by Paul Crespo, who presented a serious challenge. Trujillo racked up the endorsements of former Governor Jeb Bush, Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Maroño, and the Florida Chamber of Commerce,[1] and ended up defeating Crespo with 56% of the vote. He advanced to the general election, where he once again encountered only write-in opposition, and won his second term with nearly 100% of the vote.

While serving in the legislature, Trujillo "sponsored legislation that loosened the accrediting requirements for physical therapy assistant programs," which directly benefitted Dade Medical College, a campaign contributor of Trujillo's which was providing his sister-in-law with free tuition. When Trujillo was advocating for the legislation, which ultimately passed he argued that he did not have a conflict of interest "because the new law doesn't apply exclusively to Dade Medical--there are other schools it might benefit as well."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Derby, Kevin (July 30, 2012). "HD 105: Carlos Trujillo Faces GOP Primary Challenge from Paul Crespo". Sunshine State News. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Vasquez, Michael (November 29, 2013). "Miami lawmaker's in-law gets tuition freebie at Dade Medical College". Miami Herald. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 

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