State of the Air: FLORIDA

Gabriela RiveraContact Gaby Rivera at grivera@momscleanairforce.org to learn more or volunteer.

Gaby has a long history of constituency and political organizing, both at the state and national level. She organized to increase Latino civic engagement and access to higher education in California and Arizona. Coming from a diverse community herself, Gabriela brings her organizing experience to Moms Clean Air Force because she understands that the health of children from diverse communities are disproportionately and adversely impacted by the environment in which they live.

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Here’s what we’re working on in Florida:

Moms Clean Air Force Florida brings attention to issues and policies that impact clean air, climate change and children’s health.  We fight for a world free of harmful chemicals in our air, water and food, so children can grow up healthy with every opportunity to thrive.  We educate and activate moms and their families to work with local, state and federal leaders to advance clean air policies and climate solutions.  We are building a community of moms who care by meeting with elected officials, organizing and attending local events, speaking at community meetings and press conferences, and serving as a media resource on behalf of our children’s and community’s health.  By collectively speaking out against air pollution and climate change, we are creating a powerful force in Florida that is rooted in the love we have for our children.

Climate Change: Climate change and its impacts – heat waves, extreme rainfall, and extreme weather events – pose tremendous problems for the state of Florida. In particular, sea level rise is already impacting many residents of the state in the form of tidal flooding and saltwater intrusion. Of the contiguous United States, Florida has the longest coastline spanning approximately 1,350 miles, putting millions of people and dollars of infrastructure at risk from sea level rise and tropical cyclones. Moms Clean Air Force is working with many organizations and coalitions on the ground to grow the network of moms interested in elevating this issue.

Clean Energy: While Florida is known as the Sunshine State, the states’ energy portfolio is comprised of less than 1% of solar energy. Solar energy will not only provide reliable, clean and affordable energy to all residents, but also help grow our local economy and clean energy job force. Moms Clean Air Force is working with many partners to increase the use of renewable energy in our state, particularly solar by meeting with elected officials to gain their support.

America’s Clean Power Plan: Florida is one of more than two dozen states now suing the Environmental Protection Agency over America’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon pollution from power plants on a state-by-state basis. Moms Clean Air Force, along with partners and coalition members, is working tirelessly to encourage the administration to reconsider this decision by meeting with key stakeholders and legislators to discuss the benefits of America’s Clean Power Plan to Florida families and our economy.

Natural Gas: Moms Clean Air Force Florida is advocating for strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development. Exploration for natural gas is already underway on Florida’s west coast, and exploration is beginning in the Everglades, a national park of tremendous importance for our ecosystem. Fracking not only causes earthquakes, but also creates waste that contains cancer-causing chemicals that pollute our drinking water and our air. Moms Clean Air Force Florida wants to ensure that the strongest possible standards are adopted to protect us from fracking pollution.

Latino Outreach: In Florida, almost one quarter of the state’s population is Hispanic or Latino. The support of the Latino community is a critical component of our efforts to protect our families from the harmful effects of climate change and pollution. Most importantly, we are working to increase their involvement and support for strong policies that protect our families, public health, and the environment.

Please join us in this fight for cleaner air and climate solutions in Florida.

Moms Clean Air Force Programs in Florida

Our Moms & Mayors program connects moms with their mayors and local leaders to improve children’s health and build resilient communities.  We educate, empower and mobilize Moms in their hometowns to work with their local elected leaders to implement clean air strategies, reduce toxins in the community and take action on climate change.   We also train Moms to join boards and commissions and urge them to run for office.

Our Baby Power program educates and engages expectant and new moms on our issues with the message:  every baby has the power to make you want to change the world.

Ecomadres  is a collaborative program between GreenLatinos and Moms Clean Air Force that brings Latina moms together to address issues of clean air, climate change, and toxins that affect the health of Latino children and families.  The program arms Madres with reliable information and solutions through online resources, articles, action tools and on-the-ground events, and provides an inclusive community that empowers and lifts up the voices of Madres for the benefit of our communities.  Ecomadres has a vibrant network of state-base field teams and allies across the country.

In addition to state-specific work, Moms Clean Air Force Florida is supporting national campaigns:

Stopping the Rollbacks of Environmental Protections:  We are working hard to oppose the assaults on our bedrock environmental laws by the Trump Administration and the EPA Administrator, including:

  • Climate Change: We are fighting the Trump Administration’s attempt to repeal America’s Clean Power Plan that sought to reduce carbon emissions, decrease dangerous co-pollutants, and achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
  • Smog: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s EPA proposal to weaken national smog standards.
  • Clean Cars: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back sensible fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. The current clean car standards would prevent 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution by 2025 and save American families $1.7 trillion in fuel costs.
  • Mercury: We are opposing the attempt by the Trump Administration to loosen regulations that reduce the harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
  • Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to implement the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016) that keeps toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day.
  • Natural Gas Pollution: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back Federal methane rules for new sources, weakening the limits on the amount of methane pollution that the oil and gas industry is allowed to vent, leak and burn. We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.
  • EPA Budget: We are fighting to ensure the EPA budget is fully funded, opposing the Trump Administration’s proposal to gut its budget by more than 25%.

Fighting to Make Climate Progress:

  • Clean Energy: We are working to build support at the local, state and federal level to ensure that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.
  • Tell Your Governor: Take the Lead on Climate Action:  With America’s departure from the historic Paris Climate Agreement, the responsibility for climate action now falls on others: States, municipalities, businesses, universities and communities. With the federal government surrendering its chance to lead on climate action, our states must be as aggressive as possible in the effort to thwart global warming and protect the health of our children. Let your governor know that you demand climate action and you need them to take the lead.

Florida’s electricity generation by source, 2017:

  • Natural Gas (64%)

  • Coal (18%)

  • Nuclear (13%)

  • Other (5%)

According to the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air report, Miami-Dade County, Florida received a B in ozone quality

According to the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air report, Cape Coral, Florida is tied for 1st for the cleanest U.S. city in the country for short-term particle pollution and 11th ranked for year-round particle pollution

Florida’s per capita residential electricity demand is among the highest in the country, due in part to high air-conditioning use during hot summer months and the widespread use of electricity for home heating during winter months

Less than 2.2% of Florida’s energy supply comes from renewable sources and nearly 9/10 of that renewable power came from biomass.

Florida is only one of four states with utility-scale electricity generation from solar thermal technologies.

Florida’s summer temperatures are projected to increase as much as 10.5°F over the next century

It is estimated that by the year 2060 climate change will cause sea levels along Florida’s coastline to rise by 14 to 26 inches, inundating many of Florida’s most populated areas and contaminating drinking water wells.



The Best and Worst Midterm Results for the Environment

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON November 8, 2018
This was written by Olivia Rosane. It originally posted on EcoWatch: Results from the U.S. midterm election are mostly in, and, when it comes to what they mean for the environment, they’re a real mixed bag. On the plus side, the Democrats took the House...

TOPICS: Activism, African-American Community, Carbon Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Colorado, EPA, Florida, Latino Community, New York, Politics, Texas

Climate Change Increases Wildfires: Find Out How Your Region Is Affected

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON July 27, 2018
This wildfire resource is from Climate Signals: Climate change has increased the risk of wildfires through warmer temperatures and drier conditions that lengthen wildfire season, increase the chances of a fire starting, and help a burning fire spread. Warmer and drier conditions also contribute to...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Alaska, California, Children's Health, Climate Change, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Great Lakes, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New England, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Science, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Play-in for Climate Action 2018 Photos and More!

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON July 15, 2018
We were excited to host our 5th annual Play-In for Climate Action this week. Hundreds of parents and children from 30 states gathered near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC to call for meaningful action on climate change. This family-friendly protest against the air pollution that...

TOPICS: Activism, African-American Community, Air Pollution, Alaska, Asthma, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Colorado, Environment, EPA, Florida, Georgia, Great Lakes, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Latino Community, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, MCAF News, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Motherhood, Nevada, New England, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Politics, Pollution, Social Justice, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Moms and Mayors: Mama Summits in Action (photos)

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON May 8, 2018
  Our Moms and Mayors Mama Summits are in full swing! We’re hosting Mama Summits in 11 cities, giving Moms across the nation the opportunity to work directly with local officials. Moms & Mayors resources give you the tools you need to work with your community’s...

TOPICS: Activism, Children's Health, Climate Change, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Montana, Motherhood, New Mexico, Ohio, Politics, Pollution, Social Justice
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July 2018

Members of Moms Clean Air Force California attended the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

June 2018

Field organizer, Karina Castillo particpated in a Climate & Health Conversation with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and SE Florida Climate Change Compact.

May 2018

Field organizer, Karina Castillo attended the “Extreme Weather and Our National Security” event hosted by the American Security Project.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended a “Mothers of Preschoolers” (MOPS) gathering in Orlando.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida hosted a Mama Summit in Miami to learn about and celebrate local action on climate change. The press conference included remarks from field organizer, Karina Castillo and the Miami Chief Resilience Officer, Jane Gilbert, and panel presentations by community leaders, Zelalem Adefris, Maggie Fernandez, and Caroline Lewis. Moms Clean Air Force received a Certificate of Appreciation for our work in promoting clean air policies and protection of Mother Earth.

April 2018

Moms Clean Air Force Florida tabled at Wynwood Yard Earth Day Festival.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida tabled at an Earth Day event at Brickell City Centre.

Field organizer, Karina Castillo attended a press conference organized by Our Children’s Trust highlighting the group of Florida children suing Governor Scott for his lack of climate action.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida hosted a Climate and Health Summit.

Field organizer, Karina Castillo attended an event at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Key Biscayne titled, “Climate Change and What You Can Do About It”.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida members met with Congressman Darren Soto at his Kissimmee district office to discuss local pollution in their community.

February 2018

Moms Clean Air Force volunteers and supermoms met with Congressman Brian Mast at his district office in Stuart, FL to deliver clean air valentine’s.

Field consultant, Karina Castillo served as a panelist at “Empowering Capable Climate Communicators”. The Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Climate Leadership Symposium is an annual event co hosted by the University of Miami Department of Geological Sciences and The CLEO Institute.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended and tabled at the Florida Asthma Coalition Annual Summit in Orlando, FL at Nemours Hospital.

January 2018

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended a panel discussion: How Local Government is Shaping Climate Resiliency in SE Florida.

Moms Clean Air Force Supermoms hosted a house party in Palm City, FL. At the house party, field consultant, Karina Castillo spoke about Moms Clean Air Force, local impacts in their area, and gave the attendees various actions to take post-house party.

December 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the SE Regional Climate Change Summit.

November 2017

Field consultant, Karina Castillo testified at an EPA Clean Power Plan hearing held in Charleston, WV.

Moms Clean Air Force and Catholic Climate Covenant hosted a bilingual conversation on Catholic Faith, Creation, Care, and Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si’ at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Miami.

October 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended “EnCourage Miami: conservative, climate, leadership” hosted by republicEN at Florida International University.

September 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Florida members traveled to Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers and urge them to protect EPA’s budget.

August 2017

Field consultant, Karina Castillo attended and spoke at a partner event celebrating elected Florida leaders who support the Paris agreement and action on climate change.

July 2017

Members of Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action and met with members of Senator Rubio’s and Senator Nelson’s staff.

May 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Florida is attended and presented at the GreenLatinos Retreat in California.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida spoke on a panel at “Climate change in the new administration: why south Florida should care”, hosted by Impact Strategies & Congressman Alcee Hastings in Fort Lauderdale.

Field consultant, Karina Castillo attended and presented at the Grist50 gathering in New York City. The event united honorees from their 50 under 50 list to work on solutions to combat climate change.

April 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Florida participated in the Miami Peoples Climate March.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the City of Miami & The CLEO Institute Community Climate Forum at Little Haiti Cultural Center.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida participated in the Miami Science March.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended a field hearing convened by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and ranking member U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), titled “Extreme Weather and Coastal Flooding: What is Happening Now, What is the Future Risk, and What Can We Do About It?” in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida hosted a Mama Summit in Tallahassee. Parents and concerned citizens united to tell our state leaders that we are paying attention to their actions–it’s time we unite for strong policies that protect the health and welfare of our families!

March 2017

Field consultant, Karina Castillo presented at a meeting for individuals traveling to Tallahassee with Catalyst Miami for Dade Days. Castillo spoke on what health impacts the South Florida region will face in a changing climate.

February 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Florida delivered 47 Clean Air Valentines from children to the Miami offices of Senator Nelson, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Congressman Carlos Curbelo.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida tabled and attended the Florida Asthma Coalition Summit in Orlando, Florida at Valencia College Lake Nona Campus.

January 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended a GreenLatinos Climate Working Group Meeting.

December 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida participated in an Ethnic Media Roundtable event with New America Media.

November 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended a City of Miami Sea Level Rise Committee meeting.

September 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida hosted a Play-In for Climate Action at Westwind Lakes Park. 

August 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida tabled at MommyCon in Orlando.

June 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida hosted a “School’s Out Food Drive” contributing to the over 4,542 pounds of food collected by Moms Clean Air Force chapters nationwide.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the National Latino Climate Leadership Forum.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended a Leadership Summit with Sachamama.

Karina Castillo attended the USCAN Conference in Miami.

May 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the GreenLatinos Retreat.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida hosted a Read-In with Congressman Curbelo at Gateway Environmental K-8 Center.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the FAU Arctic Summit: Futures Connected.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida hosted a Mama Summit and Press Conference in honor of World Asthma Day.

April 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended a State Senate Hearing on Contamination of Biscayne Bay by FP&L.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida tabled at the National Hispanic Medical Association Annual Joint Conference in Washington, DC.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida tabled at the SFL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 10th Annual Latino Health & Wellness Expo.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida participated in a Twitter Town Hall with Administrator Gina McCarthy: How Climate Change Impacts the Latino Community.

Saturday, April 23, 1:00-5:00 PM: Moms Clean Air Force Florida is tabling at ECO Fair held at Hialeah High School.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the Florida State Voices Conference in Orlando.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the LULAC Women’s Conference in Los Angeles.

March 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida Super Mom, Paulette Richards organized a Women’s History Month Climate and the Humanities event.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida participated in the 4th Annual Friends and Family Fun Day – Children’s Rehab Network, Miami Gardens.

February 2016

Latino outreach coordinator, Karina Castillo presented on a panel: Social Justice Table Gathering: The Impacts of Climate Change on the Health of Our Communities. The panel was organized by Catalyst Miami and the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus. Additional co-hosts included the Allegany Franciscan Ministries and Florida CHAIN. The discussion was centered around how climate change will affect public health in South Florida. Specifically, Karina spoke about what climate changes means for South Florida, what weather extremes can be expected in our region, and what that means for families in our communities.

January 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the Science & Policy Forum on the Turkey Point’s Nuclear Expansion at Pinecrest Gardens.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the Film Screening & Panel Discussion for “This Changes Everything” at Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the South Florida Anti-Poverty Summit: Climate Resilience and Social Equity.

December 2015

Attended the 7th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, Key West, Florida.

November 2015

Field organizer, Karina Castillo attended an event at the University of Miami entitled “The Gathering Threat of Climate Change and its Implications for Water Security and Sea Level Rise” where IPCC representatives and University professors highlighted findings from the most recent report. UN representatives also shared their thoughts on the upcoming COP in Paris.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended COSEE’s Miami’s Changing Environment: A Night of Action.

Moms Clean Air Force tabled at EcoFest | 6838 NW 18th Ave, Miami, FL, 33147 Liberty City.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended Orlando action on Climate Deniers.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the Florida UM/IPCC Conference: Gathering threat of climate change and implication for water security SLR.


October 2015: Moms Clean Air Force Florida members marched in the Miami People’s Climate Movement rally.


April 2015: Moms Clean Air Force Florida tabled at the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Health Expo. 


January 2015: Moms Clean Air Force super mom, Nicole Hernandez Hammer sat in the First Lady’s box during the State of the Union address.


October 9, 2014: Moms Clean Air Force Florida met with Gina McCarthy in Miami during the King Tide for a sea level rise tour.


October 5, 2014: Moms Clean Air Force Florida hosted a Miami Town Hall on Children’s Health & Climate Change.

Governor

Rick Scott

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US Senate

Bill Nelson

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  • 225 East Robinson Street
    Suite 410
    Orlando, FL 32801
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (407) 872-7161
  • Toll Free: (1-888) 671-4091
  • Twitter: @SenBillNelson

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Marco Rubio

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  • 201 South Orange Avenue
    Suite 350
    Orlando, FL 32801
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (407) 254-2573
  • Toll Free: (1-866) 630-7106
  • Twitter: @SenRubioPress

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US House of Representatives

Matt Gaetz (District 1)

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  • 226 S Palafox Pl
    6th Floor
    Pensacola, FL 32502
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (202) 225-4136
  • Twitter: @mattgaetz

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Neal Dunn (District 2)

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Ted Yoho (District 3)

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John Rutherford (District 4)

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Al Lawson (District 5)

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Ron DeSantis (District 6)

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Stephanie Murphy (District 7)

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Bill Posey (District 8)

  • 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Building C
  • Melbourne, FL 32940
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (321) 632-1776
  • Twitter: @conbillposey

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Darren Soto (District 9)

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Val Demings (District 10)

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Daniel Webster (District 11)

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Gus Bilirakis (District 12)

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Charlie Crist (District 13)

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Kathy Castor (District 14)

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Dennis Ross (District 15)

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Vern Buchanan (District 16)

  • 111 South Orange Avenue
    Floor 2R, Suite 202W
    Sarasota, FL 34236
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (941) 951-6643
  • Twitter: @VernBuchanan

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Thomas Rooney (District 17) 

  • 226 Taylor Street, Suite 230
    Punta Gorda, FL 33950
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (941) 575-9101
  • Twitter: @TomRooney

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Brian Mast (District 18)

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Francis Rooney (District 19)

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Alcee Hastings (District 20)

  • 2701 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Suite 200
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (954) 733-2800
  • Twitter: @RepHastingsFL

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Lois Frankel (District 21)

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Ted Deutch (District 22)

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz (District 23)

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Frederica Wilson (District 24)

  • 18425 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 355
    Miami Gardens, FL 33169
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (305) 690-5905
  • Twitter: @RepWilson

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Mario Diaz-Balart (District 25)

  • 8669 NW 36th Street, Suite 100
    Doral, FL 33166
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (305) 470-8555
  • Twitter: @MarioDB

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Carlos Curbelo (District 26)

  • 1100 Simonton Street
    Suite 1-213
    Key West, FL 33010
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (202) 225-2778
  • Twitter: @RepCurbelo

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (District 27)

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Take a look at what we’ve been up to in Florida: