Miguel Díaz de la Portilla

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Miguel Díaz de la Portilla
Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R-36th).jpg
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 40th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Rene Garcia
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 36th district
In office
Preceded by Alex Díaz de la Portilla
Succeeded by Oscar Braynon
Personal details
Born (1963-01-30) January 30, 1963 (age 51)
Miami, Florida
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mari Díaz de la Portilla
Alma mater University of Miami (B.A.) University of Miami Law School (J.D.)
Profession Attorney at Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Religion Christianity

Miguel Díaz de la Portilla (born January 30, 1963) is a Republican member of the Florida Senate, representing the 40th District, which includes western Miami-Dade County, since 2012.


Díaz de la Portilla served as a Miami-Dade County Commissioner from 1993 to 2000 before retiring in 2000 to run for Mayor of Miami-Dade County against incumbent Mayor Alex Penelas. He was defeated by Penelas in a landslide, winning only 21% of the vote to Penelas's 52%. Díaz de la Portilla ran again in 2004 and faced off against Carlos Álvarez, the Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department; County Commissioner Jimmy Morales; Maurice Ferré, the former Mayor of Miami and County Commissioner; and José Cancela, a broadcast journalist. He placed fourth in the primary election with 15% of the vote and did not qualify for the run-off election.

Florida Senate[edit]

In 2010, when his brother, State Senator Alex Díaz de la Portilla could not run for re-election in the 36th District due to term limits, he ran to succeed him. Díaz de la Portilla faced State Representative Julio Robaina and J. Nillo in the Republican primary, whom he defeated. He was unopposed in the general election. When Florida Senate districts were redrawn in 2012, he was drawn into the 40th District, which included most of his previous district; in both the primary and the general election, he was unopposed.

While serving in the Senate, Díaz de la Portilla joined with Democrats in the legislature to oppose the controversial "parent trigger" legislation, which ultimately failed.[1] Additionally, he voted for the 2013-2014 budget, which included "$1 million for a Bay of Pigs Museum in Miami, commemorating the botched 1961 invasion of Cuba," noting, "It's something everyone in the Miami delegation likes."[2]


  1. ^ "'Parent-trigger' bill defeated in the Senate for second straight year". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Florida passes record budget, backed by sales tax revenue". Reuters. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 

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