Zapata gana distrito 11 de Miami-Dade – First Colombian American elected to the Florida Legislature

Juan Carlos Zapata – District 119 Republican

Biographical Information

City ofResidence:  Miami

Occupation:  Businessman/Consultant
Education:  Miami-Dade Community College, A.A.; Florida International University, B.S., Finance & International Business
Born:  December 9, 1966, Medellin, Colombia
Moved to Florida:  1977
Religious Affiliation:  Catholic
Recreational Interest:  history, reading, black & white photography, soccer

Committee Membership

Florida Legislative Committee on Intergovernmental Relations     Alternating Chair 
Criminal & Civil Justice Appropriations Committee
Health & Family Services Policy Council
Health Care Services Policy Committee
Military & Local Affairs Policy Committee
Policy Council
Select Committee on Seminole Indian Compact Review

Legislative Service

Elected to the House in 2002, reelected subsequently

Other Public Service

Miami-Dade County Equal Opportunity Board
Miami-Dade Planning Advisory Board
West Kendall Community Council, Chairman
West Kendall Municipal Advisory Board, Chairman


Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs, Chairman
Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation, Chairman
National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, Chairman
National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), Labor and Economic Development Committee, Chairman
FIU Lifetime Alumni
Leadership Miami
S.A.L.A.D., Board Member


Established reading programs through Read 2 Succeed
Established scholarship program through the Hispanic Caucus
Order of Dignity, Foreign Relations Committee, Colombian Congress of 2004
Florida International University Alumni Torch Award 2002
Hispanic Heritage Young Leadership Award 2001

First Colombian American elected to the Florida Legislature


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