|Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 119th district
November 2, 2010
|Preceded by||David Rivera|
June 6, 1972 |
|Children||Megan, Justin, Jason|
|Alma mater||Florida International University (B.A.) (M.A.)|
Jeanette Núñez (born June 6, 1972) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 119th District, which is based in Kendall West in northern Miami-Dade County. She has represented the 119th District since 2012, and previously represented the 112th District from 2010 to 2012.
Núñez was born in Miami and attended Florida International University, receiving her bachelor's degree in political science and international relations in 1994 and her masters degree in public administration in 1998. Following graduation, she worked for State Senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla as his chief of staff, and then entered the health care industry, working as the Vice-President of Government Affairs at Jackson Health System. Núñez also worked for Florida International University as an adjunct professor and an advisor. Currently, she works as the Vice-President of External Affairs at Kendall Regional Medical Center and Aventura Hospital and Medical Center.
Florida House of Representatives
When incumbent State Representative David Rivera was unable to seek re-election in 2010 due to term limits, Núñez ran to succeed him in the 112th District, which included parts of Broward County, Collier County, and Miami-Dade County, stretching from Doral to Naples. In the Republican primary, she faced Juan D'Arce and James Patrick Guerrero, and campaigned on working to pass legislation to "improve the economy" and to "reform the Medicaid program in order to contain the ever-growing costs that affect taxpayers." Ultimately, Núñez won the primary over her opponents, receiving 66% of the vote to D'Arce's 19% and Guerrero's 15%. Advancing to the general election, she faced Sandra Ruiz, the Democratic nominee and a Doral City Councilwoman, and Robert Van Name, an independent candidate. Núñez campaigned on job creation, noting, "For me, the most important issue for District 112 and in fact for the entire state of Florida is creating jobs, improving the economy and lowering the tax burden for businesses and property owners." The Naples Daily News criticized the nature of the district, noting, "If there is a textbook reason for redistricting reform, this race...would be it," and opined that "there is little sense of Collier connection from either Miami-based candidate." Despite this, they endorsed Núñez over Ruiz because Núñez met with the editorial board and Ruiz did not, which they noted was "a dreadful measuring stick for picking such a high-ranking public servant." Ultimately, Núñez won out over her opponents by a comfortable margin, scoring 56% of the vote to Ruiz's 39% and Van Name's 5%.
When the state's legislative districts were redrawn in 2012, Núñez was drawn into the 119th District, where she opted to seek re-election. She was challenged in the Republican primary by Libby Perez, but easily won renomination with 73% of the vote. Núñez only faced write-in opposition in the general election and easily won re-election.
During the 2014 legislative session, Núñez worked with State Senator Jack Latvala to sponsor legislation that "would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to pay the same in-state tuition rates for college as other Floridians," which ended up passing the legislature.
- Miguel-Navarro, Tracy X. (August 19, 2010). "Job creation the key issue to candidates in House race that includes Collier". Naples Daily News. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
- Miguel-Navarro, Tracy X. (October 27, 2010). "Job creation on minds of candidates for House District 112". Naples Daily News. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
- "Editorial: Here is a summary of our endorsements in contests in Collier and Lee counties". Naples Daily News. October 4, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
- Nielsen, Allison (May 1, 2014). "In-State Tuition Bill Soars Through Senate". Sunshine State News. Retrieved May 21, 2014.