Bachelor, University Miami, 1985. Juris Doctor, Florida State University, 1988.
Attorney; assistant state attorney 2nd Judicial Circuit Florida. Member District 112 Florida House of Representatives, Tallahassee, 1992—2000. Member District 38 Florida State Senate, 2000—2010, majority whip, 2001—2002, majority leader, 2004—2006, chair rules committee, member policy and steering committee on energy, environment and land use, policy and steering committee on ways and means, banking and insurance committee, member criminal and civil justice appropriations committee, criminal justice committee, military affairs and domestic security committee, joint administrative procedures committee.
Adjunct professor Florida International University. Member Supreme Court Task Force on Treatment-Based Drug Courts, Miami-Dade Land Acquisition and Facilities Advisory Board.
Member Implementation Task Force on Domestic Violence. Member Florida Supreme Court 21st Century Justice Project. Member Dade Partners for Safe Neighborhoods.
Florida Bar, Cuban-American Bar Association.
Married Barbara Villalobos. 1 child Katharine.