Carlos Giménez

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Carlos Antonio Giménez

U.S. Representative from Florida's
26th Congressional District
Assumed office 
January 3, 2021
Preceded by Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Mayor of Miami-Dade County
In office
July 1, 2011 – November 17, 2020
Preceded by Carlos Alvarez
Succeeded by Daniella Levine Cava

Member of the Miami-Dade County Commission from the 7th District
In office
January 3, 2005 – April 12, 2011
Preceded by Jimmy Morales
Succeeded by Xavier Suarez

Born January 17, 1954 (age 69)
Havana, Cuba
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lourdes Portela
Children Three
Alma mater Barry University
Occupation Mayor, retired firefighter

Carlos Antonio Giménez (born January 17, 1954) (pronounced hee-men-ez)[1] is an American congressman serving as a U.S. representative for Florida's 26th congressional district, and former mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida. He successfully ran for United States House of Representatives in the 2020 elections, to challenge incumbent Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, winning in by a narrow margin.

Giménez endorsed and voted for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and yet somehow received President Donald Trump's endorsement for his 2020 House run[2].

Despite campaigning under the image of an independent populist conservative, Giménez has proven to be little more than another establishment RINO. He defended entrenched neocon Liz Cheney after she voted in favor of the sham impeachment against Donald Trump[3]. He has also supported gun control measures in congress[4][5], and mass-amnesty for illegal aliens[6].

Early life/career

Giménez was born in Havana, Cuba to ranchers, and immigrated to the United States during the 1960s following the Cuban Revolution. In Miami, he attended Columbus High School and later graduated with a bachelor's degree from Barry University. Giménez joined the Miami Fire Department in 1975 and served as its chief until 2000.

2020 U.S. House election in Florida's 26th district

Giménez ran in the 2020 U.S. House elections against Debbie Mucarsel-Powell,[7] a corrupt[8][9] and openly anti-Cuban[10] Democrat elected in the 2018 Midterms over then-incumbent RINO Carlos Curbelo by a close margin.[11] While the congressional district is considered to be liberal, having favored Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election by a sixteen-point margin,[12] the seat was at one point considered by the Cook Political Report to be a "tossup", though the increasingly unreliable election rating site later called the race "Lean Democrat".[13] A poll in mid-July 2020 found Giménez in the lead by five points, mostly attributed to strong support from anti-socialist Cuban voters in the district.[14]

Despite "fact-checks" riddled with liberal bias,[15] Giménez has accurately noted Mucarsel-Powell's liberal hypocrisy regarding the Paycheck Protection Program established by the CARES Act. In turn, he has been attacked by the incumbent representative as well as the DCCC, the House campaign wing of the Democrat establishment[16][17].

Giménez won the general election in a major upset, defeating Mucarsel-Powell by 3 percentage points.[18]


Donald Trump

He was one of thirty-five Republicans to vote for the Partisan Hack resolution calling for an Investigation on Capital Hill.[19]


Gimenez was on of nine Republicans to vote in favor of the amnesty bill for Dreamers and one of thirty to vote for the farm workforce amnesty bill.[20][21]

Personal life

Giménez' father, Carlos Giménez, Sr., died at the age of 98 on November 7, 2020.[22]


  1. Carlos Gimenez, Trump’s ‘warrior,’ aims to flip Miami’s swing seat in Congress
  2. Trump Endorses Candidate Who Voted For Hillary, Told Him To Drop Out
  3. Congressman Carlos A. Gimenez on Twitter: "Liz Cheney...". Twitter. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Carlos_Gimenez.2C_Trump.E2.80.99s_.E2.80.98warrior.2C.E2.80.99_aims_to_flip_Miami.E2.80.99s_swing_seat_in_Congress
  8. Shady Oligarch’s Firm Paid Dem Candidate’s Husband $700,000
  9. Husband Of Democrat In Impeachment Hearings Took $700K From Firms Tied To Ukrainian Oligarch ‘Accused Of Ordering Contract Killings’: Reports
  10. FL-26: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell attacks Cubans
  11. Florida House Election Results 2018
  12. Introducing the 2017 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index
  13. 2020 House Race ratings | The Cook Political Report
  15. Fact checking attack ads: Carlos Gimenez vs. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
  16. In Florida congressional race, Carlos Gimenez’s salary, car come under attack
  17. DCCC Spanish radio ad goes after Republican Carlos Giménez in CD 26
  18. Multiple references:
  22. Two references:

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