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name:Manny Diaz
height =
birth_date = November 5, 1954 (age 54)
birth_place = Havana, Cuba
residence = Miami
office = Mayor of Miami
term_start = 2001
term_end = 
predecessor = Joe Carollo 
successor = Incumbent 
party = Independent
religion = Roman Catholic
spouse = Robin Smith 
children =  Manny, Natalie, Robert, Elisa 
website = http://www.ci.miami.fl.us/cms/mayor/
Manny Diaz

Manny Diaz

Manuel Alberto Diaz (November 5, 1954 in Havana, Cuba) is the current mayor of Miami, Florida.

Mayor Diaz and his mother, Elisa, left Cuba in 1961. He graduated from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in 1973.[1] In 1977, Diaz received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Florida International University. In 1980, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

A lawyer, Diaz was elected mayor in November 2001, replacing Joe Carollo, and reelected in 2005. As mayor, Diaz remains a partner in the law firm of Diaz, O'Naghten & Borgognoni, L.L.P.

When he first took office, Miami city government was bankrupt, held junk bond status, and was under a state financial oversight board. Mayor Diaz pursued a vast administrative overhaul that brought with it financial stability, healthy level of financial reserves, continued tax cuts, lowered millage rates, and an A+ bond rating on Wall Street.

In 2004 Diaz was awarded the "Urban Innovator of the Year" award by the Manhattan Institute.

2008 Democratic Nation ConventionEdit

In 2008, Diaz became president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Though an Independent and a former Republican, Diaz spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and has endorsed Senator Barack Obama.

Wife and childrenEdit

Diaz is married to Robin Smith and has four children and two grandchildren. His daughter, Elisa, is currently attending a magnet school for Drama.

leaving officeEdit

The mayor will be leaving office in 2009 because of term limits. However, MSNBC has reported that he is being vetted to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation or Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Obama.

ReferencesEdit

  1. The International Jesuit Alumni Directory Belen (Forum Press Inc., 1994)

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