In November of 2014, the people of Florida's 26th Congressional District elected Carlos Curbelo to represent them in the 114th Congress. Carlos is a South Florida native. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in the Kendall area, which he has called home for twenty years. At 36, Curbelo is one of the youngest Members of the US House of Representatives.
Carlos was born in Miami on March 1, 1980, to Carlos and Teresita Curbelo, Cuban exiles who fled Fidel Castro’s tyranny in the 1960s. He attended John G. DuPuis Elementary in Hialeah and later Miami’s Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. Carlos subsequently enrolled in the University of Miami where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration while majoring in Political Science. In 2011, he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration also from UM.
In 2002, just months out of college, Carlos founded a public and media relations firm that did work for South Florida and international companies. As a small business executive he met the challenges of meeting payroll, balancing budgets, and building teams with success.
In 2009, he was named State Director for US Senator George LeMieux and was responsible for overseeing staff in seven offices throughout the state and advising the Senator on Latin-American policy and Hispanic issues. In 2010, he was appointed by Florida’s Governor to the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), a federally mandated board tasked with prioritizing local transportation and infrastructure projects. Carlos is also the co-founder of Centre Court Charities, a non-profit organization that runs basketball leagues for high school students during the summer months.
In November of 2010, Carlos was elected to serve on the Miami Dade County School Board. Miami Dade County Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in the country. Shortly after being elected, he was the only School Board Member in the state asked to serve on the Governor’s Education Transition Team where he was a champion for reform, school choice, and equity in funding. On the School Board, Carlos was also a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility, parental involvement, and transparency in the district’s operations.
Marrying Cecilia Lowell in 2006, Carlos settled his family in Kendall where he has lived since 1995. The couple’s first child, Sylvie Marie, was born In October of 2009, and their second Carolina, in May of 2012.