Party affiliation: Republican
Vice president De Mattress, Inc. Political consultant Diaz de la Portilla, Inc., Winning Strategies, Inc. Member District 115 Florida House of Representatives, Tallahassee, 1994—2000.
Member District 36 Florida State Senate, 2000—2010, president pro tempore, 2002—2004, majority leader, since 2008, chair communications, energy public utilities committee, member policy and steering committee on energy, environment and land use, children, families and elder affairs committee, ethics and elections committee, member regulated industries committee, transportation and economic development appropriations committee, alternating chair joint legislation auditing committee.
Denomination: Roman Catholic