Carlos Trujillo

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Carlos Trujillo
Carlos Trujillo official photo.jpg
United States Ambassador to the Organization of American States
Assumed office
April 5, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Carmen Lomellin
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
In office
November 2, 2010 – March 23, 2018
Preceded by Marcelo Llorente
Constituency 116th district (2010–2012)
105th district (2012–2018)
Personal details
Born (1983-02-25) February 25, 1983 (age 35)
Long Island, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carmen Mir
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter
Alma mater Spring Hill College (BA)
Florida State University College of Law (JD)
Profession Attorney

Carlos Trujillo (born February 25, 1983) is an American politician serving as United States Ambassador to the Organization of American States since 2018. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served four terms in the Florida House of Representatives from 2010 until his appointment as ambassador.

History[edit]

Trujillo was born on Long Island in New York and moved to the state of Florida in 1988. He attended Spring Hill College, graduating with a degree in business administration in 2004, and then the Florida State University College of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor in 2007. Following graduation, he served as an assistant state attorney for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, primarily dealing with felony prosecutions. He then started his own legal practice, Trujillo Vargas LLC which has now evolved to Trujillo Vargas Gonzalez Hevia LLP.[1]

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

State Rep. photo

When incumbent State Representative Marcelo Llorente was unable to seek re-election in 2010 due to term limits, Trujillo ran to succeed him in the 116th District, which included The Hammocks and Kendale Lakes, suburbs of Miami in central Miami-Dade County. He faced former State Representative Carlos A. Manrique, Francisco Amador, and Whilly Bermudez in the Republican primary, and he emerged narrowly victorious with 34% of the vote. Trujillo advanced to the general election, where he encountered only write-in opposition, winning with 97% of the vote.

In 2012, following the reconfiguration of state legislative districts, Trujillo ran for re-election in the 105th District, which contained territory that was radically different from what he had previously represented in the 116th District. Trujillo kept some of the precincts that he had represented in the Miami suburbs, and expanded to include vast amounts of rural Collier County and Miami-Dade County, stretching from Doral to Naples. He was challenged in the Republican primary by Paul Crespo, who presented a serious challenge. Trujillo racked up the endorsements of former Governor Jeb Bush and the Florida Chamber of Commerce,[2] and ended up defeating Crespo with 56% of the vote. He advanced to the general election, where he once again encountered only write-in opposition, and won his second term with nearly 100% of the vote.

In February 2018, he voted against a motion to consider an assault weapon ban.[3]

U.S. Ambassador to the OAS[edit]

In October 2017, Trujillo was chosen by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States.[4] Trujillo was confirmed by the Senate by a voice vote on March 22, 2018, and resigned from the Florida House the following day. He presented his credentials to OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro on April 5.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trujillo Vargas Gonzalez Hevia LLP". Retrieved March 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ Derby, Kevin (July 30, 2012). "HD 105: Carlos Trujillo Faces GOP Primary Challenge from Paul Crespo". Sunshine State News. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://miami.cbslocal.com/2018/02/20/assault-rifle-ban-bill-florida-house/
  4. ^ "PN1184 — Carlos Trujillo — Department of State". U.S. Congress. October 30, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  5. ^ Daugherty, Alex (March 23, 2018). "Miami Republican Carlos Trujillo confirmed as U.S. ambassador to OAS". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved April 12, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Ambassador Carlos Trujillo Presents Credentials As U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States". U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States. April 5, 2018. Retrieved April 12, 2018. 

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