Lincoln Díaz-Balart

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BornLincoln Rafael Díaz-Balart y Caballero
Havana, Cuba
Alma materNew College of Florida, Case Western Reserve University
ChildrenLincoln Díaz-Balart Daniel Díaz-Balart
SpouseCristina Fernandez
InterestsCuban-American lobby
PartyRepublican Party

Lincoln Rafael Díaz-Balart is a Cuban-American attorney and politician who plays a prominent role in the Cuban-American lobby.

He was the U.S. Representative for Florida from 1993 to 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was a member of the Congressional Cuba Democracy Caucus.

He previously served in the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. He retired from Congress in 2011 and his younger brother, Mario Díaz-Balart succeeded him.

Early life and education

Díaz-Balart was born in Havana, Cuba, to the late Cuban politician Rafael Díaz-Balart, who was Majority Leader of the Cuban House of Representatives and Under-Secretary of Interior during the presidency of Fulgencio Batista, and Hilda Caballero Brunet. Rafael founded La Rosa Blanca (The White Rose), the first anti-Castro organization, in January 1959.

Lincoln's aunt, Mirta Díaz-Balart, was the first wife of the late Fidel Castro.

He was educated at the American School of Madrid in Madrid; New College of Florida; and Case Western Reserve University, from which he earned a law degree. He was involved in a Miami private practice for several years before holding elective office.

He was a sponsor of the Homeland Security Act.[1]

He is currently chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute. After leaving Congress, he started a law practice and a consulting firm, both based in Miami, Florida.