Al Cardenas

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Cardenas in September 2011.

Alberto "Al" R. Cardenas (born in Cuba in 1948) is a partner in the law firm of Squire Patton Boggs. He has been named as one of Washington D.C.'s top lobbyists by The Hill newspaper. Cardenas is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida A&M University.

Cardenas is active in the Republican Party, having served three terms as Vice-Chairman and two terms as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. He was also appointed to the Executive Committee of the Republican Party, the highest policy-making board at the Republican National Committee. He was the first Hispanic to lead a major state party and remains the only Hispanic Republican Party Chairman in Florida history.[1]

Cardenas graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cardenas received his associate's degree from Miami Dade Community College, a bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University, and his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University.[2] He is an alumnus of Florida Atlantic University's Eta Mu chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

During CPAC 2011, Cardenas transitioned into the chairmanship of the American Conservative Union, with then-chairman David Keene's retirement.

On June 1, 2014, Cardenas resigned[3] as American Conservative Union chairman. He was succeeded by Matt Schlapp.[4]


  1. ^ "Professional Directory – Alberto R. Cardenas". Tew Cardenas LLP. Archived from the original on 2007-03-02. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  2. ^ "Board of Trustees – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University". Florida A&M University. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  3. ^ McLaughlin, Seth (2014-05-20). "Al Cardenas resigns as American Conservative Union chairman". Washington Times. 
  4. ^ Glueck, Katie (2014-06-19). "Matt Schlapp elected ACU chairman". Politico. 

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