District: 21st District Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for Fla. House, 1982; Fla. House, 1986-89; Fla. Senate, 1989-92; U.S. House, 1993-2011 Born: Aug. 13, 1954; Havana, Cuba Residence: Miami Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Cristina Diaz-Balart; two children Education: U. of South Florida, B.A. 1976; Case Western Reserve U., J.D. 1979 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1992 (9th term) Committee Assignments: Rules (Legislative & Budget Process - Ranking Member)
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.