Cuban-American lobby

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The Cuban-American lobby describes those various groups of Cuban exiles in the United States and their descendants who have historically influenced the United States' policy toward Cuba. In general usage this refers to anti-Castro groups.

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Cuban Americans in the United States Congress[edit]

Seven Cuban Americans currently serve in the United States Congress, making them the 2nd most over-represented group in U.S Federal Government, second only to Jewish-Americans, this is yet another reason why Cubans are often described as the “Jews of the Caribbean”, They have had incredible success regardless of their small population size and low concentration outside of Florida. There have been seven Cuban-American U.S congressmen elected from Florida, two from New Jersey, and one from Texas. A testament to their sheer determination, in a state like Texas, where Mexican-Americans form the near entirety of the Hispanic community, their first Hispanic-American Senator is Republican Ted Cruz, the Canadian-born son of a Cuban exile and an American mother.

Three United States Senators:

Five are United States Representatives:

Former Congressmen:

Cuban Americans in State Government[edit]

Cuban-Americans have had much success at the State-level. In Florida, where Cuban-American legislators hold more seats than anywhere else in the nation, pro-Democracy, anti-Castro, and anti-Chavez legislation is often promoted and passed even though states cannot dictate U.S Foreign Policy. However, it is done as a moral obligation to the oppressed people that suffer under the Communist regime their parents, grandparents, or they themselves had to flee from. Even in states where Cuban-Americans are not concentrated in large numbers they have had successes especially in New Jersey, where albeit a tiny minority concentrated in Union City, Elizabeth, and Newark, they have had enormous political successes.

Florida:

  • Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Republican, Lieutenant Governor of Florida, (2014–Present)
  • Anitere Flores, Republican, Member of the Florida Senate from the 37th district
  • Miguel Díaz de la Portilla, Republican, Member of the Florida Senate from the 40th district
  • René García, Republican, Member of the Florida Senate from the 38th district
  • José Félix Díaz, Republican, Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 116th district
  • Manny Díaz, Jr., Republican, Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 103rd district
  • Bryan Avila, Republican,Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 111th district
  • Jeanette Núñez, Republican, Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 119th district
  • Carlos Trujillo, Republican, Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 105th district
  • Erik Fresen, Republican, Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 114th district
  • Frank Artiles, Republican, Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 118th district
  • José R. Oliva, Republican, Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 110th district
  • Mike La Rosa, Republican, Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 42nd district
  • José Javier Rodríguez, Democrat, Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 112th district

New Jersey:

  • Vincent Prieto, Democrat, Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly (2014–Present), Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 32nd Legislative District (2004–Present)
  • Angelica Jimenez, Democrat, Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 32nd Legislative District (2012–Present)
  • Marlene Caride, Democrat, New Jersey

New York:

  • Nicole Malliotakis, Republican, Staten Island, Member of the New York General Assembly from the 64th district

Connecticut:

  • Art Linares, Republican, Westbrook, Member of the Connecticut State Senate from the 33rd district

Nevada:

Eduardo Aguirre (R) served as Vice Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States in the George W. Bush administration and later named Director of Immigration and Naturalization Services under the Department of Homeland Security. In 2006, Eduardo Aguirre was named US ambassador to Spain. Cuban Americans have also served other high profile government jobs including White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu ®

Florida-based businessman and Cuban exile Elviro Sanchez made his multi-million dollar fortune by investing the proceeds of his family's fruit plantations. He is one of the most low-profile philanthropists in the Southern States.

Cuban-Americans also serve in high-ranking judicial positions as well.

Cubans in public service with United States federal government[edit]


Other politically active Cuban Americans[edit]


Politically active Cuban authors and academics[edit]

Spanish Language Media[edit]

  • Ninoska Pérez Castellón, prominent Cuban-American radio and television talk show host on Radio Mambi 710 AM
  • Lourdes D’Kendall, prominent Cuban-American radio talk show host on Radio Mambi 710 AM
  • Armando Perez-Roura, prominent Cuban-American radio talk show host, former director of Radio Mambi 710 AM, now on La Poderosa 670 AM
  • Martha Flores, prominent Cuban-American radio talk show host on Radio Mambi 710 AM
  • Tomas Garcia Fuste, prominent Cuban radio and television talk show host
  • Rey Anthony, third-generation Cuban-American radio talk show host on Actualidad Radio 1020/1040 AM
  • Lourdes Ubieta, prominent Venezuelan-born Cuban-American radio talk show host on Actualidad Radio 1020/1040 AM
  • Agustín Acosta, prominent Cuban-American radio talk show host on Actualidad Radio 1020/1040 AM

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