Carlos Curbelo is a former Republican congressman from Florida and the recipient of the New Frontier Award for his work promoting bipartisan cooperation on environmental policy.
Carlos Curbelo was born in Miami, Florida and was educated in the public school system and then at Belen Jesuit. He obtained a Bachelor's in Business Administration at the University of Miami. He later returned to UM for a Masters in Public Administration.
In 2002, Carlos founded a media and public relations firm which he managed successfully for over 10 years before taking a leave from the firm to become State Director for U.S. Senator George LeMieux and an advisor on Latin-American policy. He served in this role until late 2010, when he was elected to the Miami-Dade County School Board, overseeing the fourth largest school district in the country. Carlos was part of a board that reduced taxes and administrative expenses, increased teacher pay, and expanded school choice while winning national accolades for improved student performance.
In 2014, Carlos was elected to represent his community in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Education and Workforce Committee, the Small Business Committee, and the powerful Committee on Ways and Means where he co-authored the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 - comprehensive tax reform legislation that delivered historic tax relief, drove investment to challenged communities, and made American businesses more competitive.
In 2017, Curbelo was honored by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation with the New Frontier Award for his work promoting bipartisan cooperation on environmental policy. Also in 2018, he led a discharge petition initiative that forced the U.S. House to debate and consider comprehensive immigration reform legislation - including a path to citizenship for Dreamers - for the first time in a decade.
Curbelo has consistently advocated for decency, sobriety, and civility in politics and more broadly in American society. He was ranked the fourth most bipartisan Member of the House when he represented South Florida until returning to the private sector in 2019.