Carlos Gimenez Reflects on Going From Fleeing Cuba to Presiding Over the U.S. House

Recently, U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., presided over the house floor for the first time ahead of the passage of the “Parents Bill of Rights,” which he co-sponsored.

“I arrived in the United States as a six-year-old boy — exiled with my family shortly after the Communist takeover of our native homeland, Cuba. Today, I presided over the floor of the U.S. House as a member of Congress. Only in America!“ Gimenez said.

Gimenez is the only Cuban-born member of the 118th Congress, having been forced from his homeland shortly after the Communist takeover of the island. Gimenez represents Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys. He serves on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Homeland Security Committee, and the Select Committee on China.

After almost a decade as mayor of Miami-Dade County, Gimenez was first elected to Congress in 2020.

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