Bruno Barreiro

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Bruno A. Barreiro
Bruno Barreiro.jpg
Member of the Miami-Dade County Commission from the 5th district
In office
June 2, 1998 – March 31, 2018
Preceded byBruce Kaplan
Succeeded byEileen Higgins
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 107th district
In office
November 3, 1992 – June 2, 1998
Preceded byRedistricted
Succeeded byGustavo Barreiro
Personal details
Born (1965-12-14) December 14, 1965 (age 53)
Clearwater, Florida
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceMiami, Florida
Alma materUniversity of Miami
OccupationBusiness owner

Bruno Arthur Barreiro Jr. (born December 14, 1965) is a Republican politician from Florida. He served on the Miami-Dade County Commission from 1998 to 2018, representing part of Miami Beach and the Miami neighborhoods of Brickell, Little Havana, Coral Way, and West Flagler.[1] He resigned on March 31, 2018, to run for Florida's 27th congressional district in the 2018 elections.

Early life and education[edit]

Barreiro is the son of Cuban immigrant parents and was born in Clearwater, Florida. He graduated from Christopher Columbus High School and attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Political career[edit]

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

Barreiro was first elected into public office in 1992 to serve in the Florida House of Representatives representing District 107. While serving in the Florida House of Representatives, he chaired the Tourism Committee.

Miami-Dade County Commission[edit]

On June 2, 1998, Barreiro was elected to serve as Miami-Dade County Commissioner representing District 5. He served as Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners in 2007 and 2008. He was re-elected for subsequent terms to represent constituents in portions of the Cities of Miami and Miami Beach, as well as the communities of Little Havana, Downtown, and South Beach.

Barreiro was a key figure behind the Marlins Park baseball stadium in Miami, which attracted controversy due to its enormous cost to Miami-Dade County and benefit to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.[2]

In 2018, the Miami Herald described Barreiro as "a powerful figure in Miami politics."[3]

2018 U.S. House campaign[edit]

In May 2017, Barreiro announced he would run for Florida's 27th congressional district in the 2018 election, after incumbent Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced she was retiring.[4]

On March 31, 2018, Barreiro resigned his County Commission seat to run for Congress, following a change in Florida's resign-to-run law.[5] Barreiro timed his resignation so that a special election would be called, in which his wife Zoraida could win his seat. Bruno used over $95,000 of his own campaign funds to support Zoraida, but Zoraida lost the June special election to Democratic candidate Eileen Higgins.[3]

Barreiro's support of his wife's campaign weakened his ability to campaign against his eight challengers for the Republican House nomination, of whom the strongest was TV journalist Maria Elvira Salazar.[3] Salazar ultimately won the primary election in August, in which Barreiro was the first runner-up.[6]

Electoral history[edit]

1996 General Election for Florida's 107th House of Representatives District[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bruno Barreiro (Incumbent) 13,689 57.56
Democratic Marc Anthony Lemonis 10,092 42.44
Total votes 23,781 100
1994 General Election for Florida's 107th House of Representatives District[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bruno Barreiro (Incumbent) 10,681 53.87
Democratic Andres Rivero 9,146 46.13
Total votes 19,827 100
1992 General Election for Florida's 107th House of Representatives District[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bruno Barreiro 13,567 50.89
Democratic Steve Leifman 13,091 49.11
Total votes 26,658 100

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife Zoraida are parents of two children, Bianca Fatima and Bruno Antonio.[10]

Barreiro is the owner of BABJ Investment Corporation, Marketing Vice President of Fatima Home Care and a Director of IUSA Partners, Inc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Commissioner Barreiro". www.miamidade.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  2. ^ Iannelli, Jerry (2017-05-14). "Five Times Congressional Candidate Bruno Barreiro Helped His Wealthy Donors". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  3. ^ a b c Smiley, David (2018-06-20). "Miami Democrats may have won two victories by capturing one County Commission seat". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  4. ^ Mazzei, Patricia (2017-05-05). "Republican Miami-Dade commissioner says he's running for Ros-Lehtinen's seat in Congress". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  5. ^ Smiley, David (2018-03-31). "Barreiro resigns, plans to run for Congress". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  6. ^ Vassolo, Martin (August 28, 2018). "Salazar beats Barreiro in GOP primary in Florida's 27th congressional district". Miami Herald. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  7. ^ https://results.elections.myflorida.com/Index.asp?ElectionDate=11/5/1996&DATAMODE=
  8. ^ https://results.elections.myflorida.com/Index.asp?ElectionDate=11/8/1994&DATAMODE=
  9. ^ https://results.elections.myflorida.com/Index.asp?ElectionDate=11/3/1992&DATAMODE=
  10. ^ http://www.miamidade.gov/district05/about-commissioner-barreiro.asp