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Lincoln Díaz-Balart, JD Biography

Title:
Former Member of the US House of Representatives (R-FL)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
Reasoning:

“[Historical precedent] is precisely is why we maintain a trade and tourism embargo on the Cuban dictatorship. Because, first, it is in the national interest of the United States for there to be a democratic transition in Cuba, as it obviously is in the interest of the long-suffering people of Cuba.

Second… it is critical that external pressure be kept for a democratic transition to take place in Cuba once the dictator is no longer on the scene.

The gravely ill Fidel Castro might have given up some titles, but he remains the tyrant. At the time of his death, it will be critical for the U.S. embargo to be in place as it is today, with its lifting being conditioned on three fundamental developments: the liberation of all political prisoners; the legalization of all political parties, labor unions and the press; and the scheduling of free elections.”

“Keep the Pressure on,” USA Today, Sep. 29, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Consultant, Genting Group, 2011-present
  • Chairman, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
  • Board member, Fundacion Hispano-Cubana
  • Attorney, Díaz-Balart, PLLC
  • Member, US House of Representatives (R-FL), 1993-2011
  • Former Vice Chairman, US House Committee on Rules
  • Former member, US House Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Former member, US House Committee on House Oversight
  • Member, Florida State Senate, 1989-1992
  • Member, Florida State House of Representatives, 1987-1989
  • Former attorney
  • Education:
  • JD, Case Western Reserve University, 1979
  • BA, International Relations, New College of Florida at Sarasota, 1976
  • Obtained diploma in British politics, Cambridge University, 1974
  • Other:
  • Born Lincoln Rafael Díaz-Balart Caballero on Aug. 13, 1954 in Havana, Cuba
  • Succeeded in Congress by his younger brother, Mario Díaz-Balart
  • His aunt, Mirta Díaz-Balart, was the first wife of Fidel Castro
  • Admitted to Florida Bar on Oct. 25, 1979
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?