Lincoln Diaz-Balart CHLI CHAIRMAN CHLI 2003 Founding Member
Lincoln Diaz-Balart practices international
law in Miami, Florida. He is Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
(CHLI), in Washington, DC,
a Board Member of the Fundacion
Hispano-Cubana, in Madrid, Spain, and a collaborator of The White Rose Institute, in Miami, Florida.
Lincoln Diaz-Balart attended public
elementary schools in South Florida and high school at the American School
of Madrid, Spain. He received a degree in international
relations from New College of Florida, in Sarasota,
and obtained a diploma in British politics in Cambridge, England.
He received his law degree from Cleveland, Ohio's, Case
Western Reserve University.
In 1992, Lincoln
was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Florida's 21st
Congressional District. He served as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
during his first term. In 1994, Lincoln
Diaz-Balart became the first Hispanic in history to be named to the powerful
House Rules Committee. The Rules Committee decides which legislation may reach
the House Floor and what amendments may be debated. In 1996, Lincoln
drafted much of the legislation that strengthened the U.S. embargo against the Cuban
dictatorship. He was specifically responsible for codifying the embargo, making
the lifting of sanctions contingent upon the liberation of all political
prisoners, without exceptions, and the scheduling of multiparty elections in Cuba. He
was the author of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act of
1997 (NACARA), which granted legal residency to hundreds of thousands of
immigrants in the United
As a member of the House Rules Committee,
Lincoln Diaz-Balart took historic pieces of legislation to the House Floor for
passage, including the Joint Resolution authorizing the use of the United
States Armed Forces against those in Afghanistan responsible for the attacks of
September 11, 2001 against the United States, the creation of the "Department
of Homeland Security”, and the 25 year extension of the Voting Rights Act.
For his extraordinary work on behalf of
Nicaraguan immigrants in the United
States, Lincoln Diaz-Balart received the
"Order of Ruben Dario in Great Cross Grade" medal from the President
of Nicaragua on February 23, 2003. On April 13, 2004, due to his work on behalf
of Colombian immigrants in the U.S.,
Lincoln Diaz-Balart received the highest medals awarded by the Senate and the
House of Representatives of Colombia. On November 9, 2005, Lincoln Diaz-Balart
was awarded the "Commander of the Ouissam Alaouite Order" of Morocco, for his efforts to deepen relations
between the United States
For his work on behalf of Salvadoran immigrants in the United States,
Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart received the highest Medal granted by El
Salvador, the "Orden Nacional Jose Matias Delgado en Grado de Plata"
from the President of El Salvador on May 3, 2008. Due to his work on behalf of
handicapped Ukrainian children and the deepening of relations between Ukraine and the United
States, he was awarded the "Order of Merit" by
the Republic of Ukraine on December 2, 2009. On November
12, 2011, for his work for human rights, he was awarded the "Lithuanian
Diplomacy Star” by the Republic
Lincoln Diaz-Balart retired from the U.S.
Congress in January 2011, after the election of his brother, Congressman Mario
Diaz-Balart, without opposition, to the seat Lincoln held for 18 years.