Alex Díaz de la Portilla

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Alex Díaz de la Portilla
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Member of the Florida Senate
In office
January 25, 2000 – November 2, 2010
Preceded by Alberto Gutman
Succeeded by Miguel Díaz de la Portilla
Constituency 34th district (2000–2002)
36th district (2002–2010)
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 115th district
In office
November 8, 1994 – January 25, 2000
Preceded by Carlos A. Manrique
Succeeded by Renier Díaz de la Portilla
Personal details
Born (1964-08-25) August 25, 1964 (age 53)
Miami, Florida
Political party Republican
Profession Political Consultant
Website alexdiazdelaportilla.com

Alex Díaz de la Portilla (born August 25, 1964) is a Cuban-American politician from Florida. A Republican, he was a member of the Florida Senate from 2000 to 2010, representing parts of Miami-Dade County. Previously, he served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1994 until his election to the Senate.

While in the Senate, Díaz de la Portilla served as President Pro Tempore from 2002 to 2004, and later became Majority Leader in his final two years.[1] He chaired the Domestic Security Committee in 2003, and he also chaired the Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee.

He ran for the Florida House of Representatives in the 112th district in 2012, but lost to Democrat José Javier Rodríguez, 53.7 to 46.3%.[2][3]

On May 3, 2017, Díaz de la Portilla filed to run for the Florida Senate from the 40th district, to fill the vacancy left by Senator Frank Artiles' resignation. Portilla Lost to Jose Felix Diaz by over 30 points.

Family[edit]

Díaz is one of the four children of Cuban exiles Miguel Ángel Díaz-Pardo and Fabiola Pura de la Portilla-García. His paternal great-grandfather served in Cuban Senate, while two of his sons served simultaneously in the Cuban House of Representatives. His maternal great-grandfather served as Cuban Minister of Justice.

His brothers have also held elected office:

Electoral history[edit]

Florida House of Representatives, 1994-1998[edit]

1994 Republican Primary, Florida House District 115
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla 6,787 70.7%
Republican Carlos Manrique 2,809 29.3%
Total votes 9,596
1994 General Election, Florida House District 115
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla Unopposed
1996 Republican Primary, Florida House District 115
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla 8,968 87.8%
Republican Fred A. Naaman 1,249 12.2%
Total votes 10,217
1996 General Election, Florida House District 115
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla Unopposed
1998 Republican Primary, Florida House District 115
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla 2,747 57.7%
Republican Bernie Navarro 2,016 42.3%
Total votes 4,763
1998 General Election, Florida House District 115
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla Unopposed

Florida Senate, 1999-2006[edit]

December 14, 1999 Special Republican Primary, Florida Senate District 34
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla 6,545 57.7%
Republican Carlos L. Valdes 3,780 33.3%
Republican Charles Rousseau 596 5.3%
Republican Arthur Arnau 429 3.8%
Total votes 11,350
January 25, 2000 Special General Election, Florida Senate District 34
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla Unopposed
2000 General Election, Florida Senate District 34
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla Unopposed
2002 Republican Primary, Florida Senate District 36
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla 15,439 49.2%
Republican Carlos Lacasa 13,186 42.0%
Republican Mike Gorrie 2,764 8.8%
Total votes 31,389
2002 General Election, Florida Senate District 36
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla 66,945 100.0%
write-ins 6 0.0%
Total votes 66,951
2006 General Election, Florida Senate District 36
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla 50,879 99.9%
write-ins 30 0.1%
Total votes 50,909

Post-Senate electoral career[edit]

2012 Republican Primary, Florida House District 112
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla 4,396 58.8%
Republican Gustavo Barreiro 3,075 41.2%
Total votes 7,471
2012 General Election, Florida House District 112
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic José Javier Rodríguez 28,053 53.7%
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla 24,195 46.3%
Total votes 52,248
July 25, 2017 Special Republican Primary, Florida Senate District 40
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican José Félix Díaz 7,678 57.8%
Republican Alex Díaz de la Portilla 3,398 25.6%
Republican Lorenzo J. Palomares 2,217 16.7%
Total votes 13,293

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call It a Comeback: Alex Diaz de la Portilla Files to Run for SD 40 Special Election". Sunshine State News | Florida Political News. 2017-05-03. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  2. ^ http://election.dos.state.fl.us/candidate/CanDetail.asp?account=55755
  3. ^ Brill, Sanford. "Florida Department of State - Election Results". results.elections.myflorida.com. Retrieved 2017-05-04.