Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.) was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2021, representing Florida’s 26th Congressional District. Born in Cuba, he emigrated to the U.S. with his family as a child and grew up in the Little Havana neighborhood in Miami.
Gimenez worked as a firefighter for 25 years, eventually serving as the fire chief for the City of Miami, and later as mayor of Miami-Dade County from 2011–20. In that capacity, he suppressed voter turnout in the 2020 elections by limiting the number of ballot drop box locations, refusing to allow the Miami Heat arena to be used as an early voting site, and sending out mail-in ballots later than the state-mandated deadline.
Although Gimenez supported HiIlary Clinton (D) in the 2016 presidential election, he flipped to Trump in 2020 and benefitted from his endorsement in his first congressional race. However, based on his voting record during his first term, Trump did not endorse him for the 2022 midterm election and he is being vilified by Republicans for being a “radical Socialist Democrat” who “betrayed Trump… far too many times.” In fact, America First annointed the “RINO” congressman its “top target for removal” from office in the midterms. Yet, he survived the August primary and won reelection in November.
In Congress, Gimenez a Republican whip and a member of the House Freedom Caucus of conservative “renegades.”
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Gimenez joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- Although Gimenez voted against impeaching Trump for his role in inciting the insurrection, he was among only 35 Republicans to vote in favor of establishing a House committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack.
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