CHLI Spotlight: CHLI Congressional Board Member, Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Posted by: Roberto Cervantes
Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)
CHLI Congressional Board Member
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), is proud to spotlight CHLI Congressional Board Member, Congressman Carlos Curbelo.
Carlos was elected to office on November 2014, making him one of the youngest Members of the US House of Representatives. The people of Florida's 26th Congressional District elected the South Florida native to represent them in the 114th Congress. The district contains Monroe County and a portion of south-west Miami-Dade County.
Before running for office, Carlos was elected to serve on the Miami Dade County School Board, which is the fourth largest school district in the country, on November 2010. Shortly after being elected, he was the only School Board Member in the State asked to serve on the Governor’s Education Transition Team where he was a champion for reform, school choice, and equity in funding. On the School Board, Carlos was also a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility, parental involvement, and transparency in the District’s operations.
Shortly after being elected to the House of Representatives, Carlos joined CHLI’s Congressional Board of Directors. According to Mary Ann Gomez, who was the Executive Director at the time but is now the President & CEO, it was due to his focus on education and business in order to improve life for all families and the U.S. economy that made him a perfect fit for the organization.
Carlos’ first bill was signed into law on November 25, 2015. The Small Entrepreneur Subcontracting Opportunities (SESO) Act, was his first piece of legislation to pass both the House and Senate and be signed by President Obama. The SESO act was included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will provide our troops with the resources they need to keep our nation safe. This legislation holds government managers accountable for failing to meet small business subcontracting goals.
In December, 2015, the House passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which thanks to Carlos’ provision, will grant English language learners additional time to improve their skills in reading and math, while still requiring that every student is counted. ESSA will replace the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, which means teachers and administrators will have more flexibility to teach a curriculum based on the students, instead of a one-size-fits-all accountability system.
In February 2016, Carlos teamed with Democratic representative Ted Deutch to create the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus established in the House of Representatives – the first ever group of its kind. This caucus will serve as a forum to debate policies regarding carbon emissions and climate change, important issues facing Carlos’ district.
Carlos currently serves on the Education and the Workforce Committee, Small Business Committee, and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
“Carlos is a truly exceptional leader, and a truly exceptional human being. He combines multiple admirable traits. He is brilliant, eloquent in both English and Spanish, and an extraordinary friend. His future as a political leader is limitless. CHLI is indeed privileged to count on his guidance, and I am honored by his friendship,” said CHLI Chairman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
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