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ALUMNI PHOTO CREDIT: KRIZIA KETCHUM INTERESTING ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT WRITTEN BY: Alexandra Cartaya EMAIL: acartaya@stbhs.org JOSE FELIX DIAZ Jose Felix Diaz is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 116th District, which stretches from Doral to Kendall in northeastern Miami-Dade County, since 2012, previously representing the 115th District from 2010 to 2012. State Representative Jose Felix Diaz was born and raised in the Westchester area of Miami-Dade County (FL); the same area that he now represents in the Florida House of Representatives. Representative Diaz began a lifelong commitment to leadership, faith, and public service in high school serving as the President of the Student Council at St. Brendan Catholic High School. He was later admitted to the University of Miami where he graduated with honors while serving as the President of Student Government his Senior year. His accomplishments and academics earned him the Florida College Student of the Year award, the first Hispanic student to get that honor. Representative Diaz was then admitted to Columbia University School of Law where he earned his law degree. He continued his commitment to public service while in law school serving as a Senator in Student Government and representing law students as a member of the American Bar Association’s legislative body, achieving several notable distinctions including the ABA’s Silver Key. Upon graduation, he was selected from a pool of over one million people to appear on NBC’s “the Apprentice” with Donald Trump. After filming, Representative Diaz returned to Miami and joined the law firm of Akerman Senterfitt. His practice includes litigation, land use and zoning. Representative Diaz served on the ABA House of Delegates, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the CHARLEE Homes for Children, the largest foster care agency in Florida and the Board of Directors of the Cuban American Bar Association. In November 2010, Representative Diaz was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. In his first few years in the Florida legislature, Representative Diaz has passed significant reforms in child welfare, growth management, and energy policy. Today, Representative Diaz serves as the