Carlos Curbelo (politician)

Carlos Curbelo
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 26th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Joe García
Personal details
Born Carlos Luis Curbelo
(1980-03-01) March 1, 1980
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cecilia Lowell Curbelo
Children 2
Residence Kendall, Florida, U.S.
Alma mater University of Miami
Religion Roman Catholic[1]
Website Official website

Carlos Luis Curbelo (born March 1, 1980) is an American politician who is the U.S. representative from Florida's 26th congressional district, having won election in the 2014 election. He took office on January 3, 2015. Curbelo is a Republican.


Curbelo was previously a member of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools board.[2] He attended the University of Miami where he earned a bachelor's and master's degree in public administration. He is the founder of Capitol Gains, a government and public relations firm.[3][4]

He is also a former state director for former U.S. senator George LeMieux of Florida.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives

Chief Judge Kevin Michael Moore, swearing in members of Congress: Carlos Curbelo, Frederica Wilson, Mario Díaz-Balart, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. (February 2015)



In the 2014 election, Curbelo defeated incumbent Joe Garcia of the Democratic Party by 52 to 48 percent.[2][5]


Curbelo ran for re-election in 2016. He was unopposed in the Republican primary.[6] In the general election, Curbelo defeated former Democratic U.S. Representative Joe Garcia. Curbelo received 53% of the vote.[7]


Curbelo has a reputation as a moderate Republican. According to McClatchy, "Curbelo has broken ranks with his party to take lonely stands on high-profile topics ranging from abortion and women’s health to climate change, the environment, immigration and government spending."[8]

In February 2016, Curbelo and Democratic representative Ted Deutch created a bipartisan climate solutions caucus in the House to “explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate."[9][10]

In March 2016, Curbelo said he would not vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, calling it "a moral decision" rather than a political decision.[11]

Committee assignments

Personal life

Curbelo is the son of Cuban exiles in Florida.[12] He attended Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. He married Cecilia Lowell, sister of former Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell, in 2006 and resides in Kendall, Florida.[3]


  1. "NationalJournal". National Journal.
  2. 1 2 3 Mazzei, Patricia, Christina Veiga, and Daniel Chang. In GOP pickup, Miami Rep. Joe Garcia loses to Carlos Curbelo, Miami Herald, November 5, 2014.
  3. 1 2 "Project Vote Smart - The Voter's Self Defense System". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  4. "Cecilia Curbelo: Miami congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo's Wife (bio, wiki, photos)". Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  5. WPLG. "Carlos Curbelo defeats Joe Garcia in fight for District 26". Local10. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  6. Derby, Kevin (December 30, 2015). "Paul Ryan Doubles Down on Support of Carlos Curbelo". Sunshine State New. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  7. "Florida U.S. House 26th District Results: Carlos Curbelo Wins". The New York Times. November 17, 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  8. Rosen, James (October 7, 2016). "Carlos Curbelo isn't your typical Republican congressman from Miami". McClatchy. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  9. Yerman, Marcia G. (February 17, 2016). "Rep. Carlos Curbelo: Republican Half of the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus". Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  10. Revkin, Andrew (February 6, 2016). "As Rubio Waffles, Two Floridians in the House Seek Bipartisan Climate Solutions". New York Times. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  11. Derby, Kevin (March 25, 2016). "Curbelo Won't Vote for Trump, Could Vote for Clinton". Sunshine State News. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  12. Werner, Erica. House GOP boasts diversity and new conservatives Archived November 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., Associated Press, November 8, 2014

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joe García
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 26th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Ryan Costello
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Mark DeSaulnier
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