Manny Diaz (Florida politician)
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|31st Mayor of Miami|
November 17, 2001 – November 11, 2009
|Preceded by||Joe Carollo|
|Succeeded by||Tomás Regalado|
|Born||November 5, 1954|
|Alma mater||Florida International University|
University of Miami
Mayor Diaz and his mother, Elisa, left Cuba in 1961. He graduated from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in 1973. He scored the first touchdown in Belen Jesuit football history, and was named "Mr. Belén" in his graduating class. In 1977, Díaz received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Florida International University. In 1980, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law.
A lawyer, Diaz was elected mayor in November 2001, replacing Joe Carollo, and reelected in 2005. As mayor, Díaz remained a partner in the law firm of Díaz, O'Naghten & Borgognoni, L.L.P.
When he first took office, Miami city government was bankrupt, held junk bond status, and was under a state financial oversight board. Mayor Diaz pursued a vast administrative overhaul that brought with it financial stability, healthy level of financial reserves, continued tax cuts, lowered millage rates, and an A+ bond rating on Wall Street.
In 2004, Diaz was awarded the "Urban Innovator of the Year" award by the Manhattan Institute.
In 2008, Díaz became president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. As an Independent, and a former registered Democrat, Diaz spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and endorsed President Barack Obama.
Díaz is married to Robin Smith and has four children and three grandchildren. His son, Manny, is a college football coach and is the current head coach for the University of Miami. His daughter, Natalie, recently received her Masters in Public Health with honors from Florida International University. His son, Robert, is pursuing a political science degree. His daughter, Elisa, is currently attending Loyola University New Orleans. His grandchildren are Colin, Gavin, and Manny Jr.
Mayor Díaz left office in 2009 because of term limits. In the spring of 2010, Díaz was an IOP Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Today Díaz is a partner at Lydecker Díaz, LLP in Miami.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- The International Jesuit Alumni Directory Belen (Forum Press Inc., 1994)
- "Lawyer for Cuban Boy's Relatives Is Elected Miami Mayor". The New York Times. November 14, 2001.
- "Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence". Selection Committees. Bruner Foundation. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
- Miami Herald article, July 11, 2009[dead link]
- "Manny Diaz, Miami's Former "Green Mayor," Is Now Representing Walmart Midtown". Miami New Times. February 11, 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Manny Diaz.|
- Manny Díaz profile at CityMayors.com.
- Díaz, O'Naghten & Borgognoni, L.L.P..
- Lesley Clark, The Miami Herald.
| Mayor of Miami