Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Representative  Juan C. Zapata

District 119

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Member Information

Biographical Information

City of Residence:  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

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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