Carlos Curbelo

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Carlos Curbelo
Carlos Curbelo official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 26th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Joe García
Personal details
Born Carlos Luis Curbelo
(1980-03-01) March 1, 1980 (age 37)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cecilia Lowell
Children 2
Education University of Miami (BA, MPA)
Website House website

Carlos Luis Curbelo (born March 1, 1980) is an American politician who is the U.S. representative for Florida's 26th congressional district, elected in 2014. He is a Republican.

Early life and education[edit]

Curbelo is the son of Cuban exiles in Florida.[1] He attended Belen Jesuit Preparatory School.[2] He attended the University of Miami, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in public administration.[2]


Curbelo was previously a member of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools board.[3] He is the founder of Capitol Gains, a government and public relations firm.[2][4]

He is also a former state director for former U.S. senator George LeMieux of Florida.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Chief Judge Kevin Michael Moore, swearing in members of Congress: Carlos Curbelo (R), Frederica Wilson (D), Mario Díaz-Balart (R), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R). (February 2015)


In 2017, Curbelo introduced a bill to ban bump stocks in the wake of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.[5]



In the 2014 election, Curbelo defeated incumbent Joe Garcia of the Democratic Party by 52 to 48 percent.[3][6]

2014 Election for U.S. Representative of Florida's 26th Congressional District[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Carlos Curbelo 83,031 51.50
Democratic Joe Garcia 78,306 48.50
Total votes 161,337 100

Curbelo ran for re-election in 2016. He was unopposed in the Republican primary.[8] In the general election, Curbelo defeated former Democratic U.S. representative Joe Garcia. Curbelo received 53% of the vote.[9]

2016 Election for U.S. Representative of Florida's 26th Congressional District[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Carlos Curbelo 148,547 53.00
Democratic Joe Garcia 115,493 41.20
Independent José Peixoto 16,502 5.90
Total votes 280,542 100

In November 2017, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus refused to admit him to its membership. He would have been the only Republican in the caucus.[11] Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said that Curbelo's unwillingness to cosponsor the Dream Act (which would allow undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as minors legal residency if they meet certain criteria) and Curbelo's vote for repealing the Affordable Care Act factored into the decision to refuse him membership.[11]

Committee assignments[edit]

In the 115th Congress, Curbelo sits on the following committee and subcommittees:[12]

Curbelo is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership.[13]

Political positions[edit]

Curbelo has a reputation as a moderate Republican. According to McClatchy, "Curbelo has broken ranks with his party to take lonely stands on high-profile topics ranging from abortion and women’s health to climate change, the environment, immigration and government spending."[14] Curbelo was ranked as the 11th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress and the third most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy by measuring the frequency each member's bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member's co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party.[15]

But as of May 8, 2017, Curbelo had voted against his party just 11.8% of the time.[16] During this same period, he voted with Donald Trump's positions 92.9% of the time,[17] although Democrat Hillary Clinton defeated Trump in this district, in the 2016 presidential election, by a result of 161,555 votes to 115,529 votes.[18]

Domestic issues[edit]


In February 2016, Curbelo and Democratic representative Ted Deutch created the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the House to “explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate."[19][20] In December 2017 the subject and eleven colleagues urged the Senate not to include oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the 2017 major tax reform bill.[21] However, Rep. Curbelo voted in favor or of the final bill, which still contained Arctic drilling.[22]


Curbelo favored repealing the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare").[23] Curbelo said, "I clearly do not support the law and think it is bad policy. ... However I prefer to use the word ‘replace’ or ‘substitute’ Obamacare because to just say ‘repeal’ implies that there is no need for health care reform. But yes, if we replace or substitute Obamacare, that means it would no longer exist."[24]

On May 4, 2017, Curbelo voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and pass the American Health Care Act.[25][26] Two days earlier, he had voiced his opposition to the bill, saying it "fails to sufficiently protect Americans with pre-existing conditions".[27][28][29]

Donald Trump[edit]

In February 2017, while serving on the Ways and Means Committee, he voted against a measure that would have led to a request of the Treasury Department for Trump's tax returns.[30] He then voted against a resolution that would have directed the House to request 10 years of Trump's tax returns, which would then have been reviewed by the House Ways and Means Committee in a closed session.[31]

In March 2016, Curbelo said he would not vote for Trump in the 2016 presidential election, calling it "a moral decision" rather than a political decision.[32]

Curbelo supported Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. of people from seven Muslim-majority countries. He stated “I expect that these executive orders are in fact temporary and that once the Administration strengthens the vetting process, we can continue our tradition of welcoming those who are persecuted, in an orderly manner and without any kind of religious test.”[33]

Economic issues[edit]

Tax reform[edit]

Curbelo voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[34] He says the bill will "make American families more prosperous." Curbelo's wife, Cecilia Curbelo, is anticipated to benefit from the tax act. She owns Capital Gains, LLC, a pass through business, which will benefit from a last-minute provision enabling her company to deduct large portions of profit and thus benefiting the company financially.[35]

Social issues[edit]


He opposes abortion.[23]


Curbelo has a "B" rating from NORML for his voting history regarding cannabis-related causes. Curbelo supports veterans having access to medical marijuana if recommended by their Veterans Health Administration doctor and if it is legal for medicinal purposes in their state of residence.[36]

LGBT rights[edit]

Curbelo supports same-sex marriage. Upon the landmark Supreme Court ruling Obergefell v. Hodges, Curbelo stated “I applaud the Supreme Court’s ruling, and send my sincerest congratulations to all those who will finally enjoy the same legal rights as their peers."[37]

Personal life[edit]

Curbelo married Cecilia Lowell, sister of former Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell, in 2006 and resides in Kendall, Florida.[2]

He was diagnosed with whooping cough in August 2015. He was vaccinated as a child but did not receive the recommended booster shots as an adult.[38]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Werner, Erica. House GOP boasts diversity and new conservatives Archived November 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., Associated Press, November 8, 2014
  2. ^ a b c d "Project Vote Smart - The Voter's Self Defense System". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Mazzei, Patricia, Christina Veiga, and Daniel Chang. In GOP pickup, Miami Rep. Joe Garcia loses to Carlos Curbelo, Miami Herald, November 5, 2014.
  4. ^ "Cecilia Curbelo: Miami congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo's Wife (bio, wiki, photos)". Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ Cadei, Emily. "With tax vote, California Republicans take a 2018 gamble". Modesto Bee. Retrieved 24 December 2017. 
  6. ^ WPLG. "Carlos Curbelo defeats Joe Garcia in fight for District 26". Local10. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ Brill, Sanford. "Florida Department of State - Election Results". Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ Derby, Kevin (December 30, 2015). "Paul Ryan Doubles Down on Support of Carlos Curbelo". Sunshine State New. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Florida U.S. House 26th District Results: Carlos Curbelo Wins". The New York Times. November 17, 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  10. ^ Brill, Sanford. "Florida Department of State - Election Results". Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Miami Herald: "Hispanic caucus tells Cuban American he can’t join the club — he’s too Republican" By Alex Daugherty November 16, 2017
  12. ^ Rep. Curbelo Committees and Caucuses, United States House of Representatives, retrieved March 30, 2017 
  13. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 
  14. ^ Rosen, James (October 7, 2016). "Carlos Curbelo isn't your typical Republican congressman from Miami". McClatchy. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  15. ^ The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index (PDF), The Lugar Center, March 7, 2016, retrieved April 30, 2017 
  16. ^ Willis, Derek. "Represent". ProPublica. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  17. ^ Bycoffe, Aaron (2017-01-30). "Tracking Carlos Curbelo In The Age Of Trump". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  18. ^ 115th Congress Members Guide with Elections and Demographic Data by District Daily Kos Elections. January 30, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017
  19. ^ Yerman, Marcia G. (February 17, 2016). "Rep. Carlos Curbelo: Republican Half of the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus". Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  20. ^ Revkin, Andrew (February 6, 2016). "As Rubio Waffles, Two Floridians in the House Seek Bipartisan Climate Solutions". New York Times. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  21. ^ Daughtery, Alex. (6 December 2017). "House moderates oppose allowing Arctic oil drilling in tax bill". McClatchy DC website Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  22. ^ "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". New York Times. December 19, 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  23. ^ a b "The Voter's Self Defense System". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  24. ^ "Carlos Curbelo 'opposes the repeal of Obamacare,' says attack ad". @politifact. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  25. ^ "How the House voted to pass the GOP health-care bill". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  26. ^ Iannelli, Jerry (2017-05-04). "Miami Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Mario Diaz-Balart Voted to Repeal Obamacare". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  27. ^ CNN, MJ Lee, Lauren Fox, Tami Luhby and Phil Mattingly. "House to vote Thursday on Obamacare repeal bill". CNN. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  28. ^ "Repeal Or Spare? Pressure Is On Mike Coffman And Other Moderates Over Health Care". Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  29. ^ "10 story lines to follow as the House votes on health care". Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  30. ^ Friedersdorf, Conor. "These 23 Republicans Passed on a Chance to Get Trump's Tax Returns". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  31. ^ "These are all the Republicans who don't want you to see Donald Trump's tax returns". indy100. 2017-02-28. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  32. ^ Derby, Kevin (March 25, 2016). "Curbelo Won't Vote for Trump, Could Vote for Clinton". Sunshine State News. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  33. ^ Timmons, Heather (January 30, 2017). "The short (but growing) list of Republican lawmakers who are publicly condemning Trump's "Muslim ban"". Quartz. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  34. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 December 2017. 
  35. ^ Iannelli, Jerry (22 December 2017). "Miami Rep. Curbelo's Wife Owns Assets That Benefit From GOP Tax Bill's Last-Minute Provision". Miami New Times. Retrieved 24 December 2017. 
  36. ^ "Florida Scorecard". NORML. Retrieved 24 December 2017. 
  37. ^ Derby, Kevin (27 June 2015). "Same-Sex Marriage Not Much of a Dividing Line in South Florida Congressional Race". Sunshine State News. Retrieved 24 December 2017. 
  38. ^ "Freshman GOP Rep. Curbelo Diagnosed With Whooping Cough". Retrieved 2017-02-26. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joe García
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 26th congressional district

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Ryan Costello
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