State Senator José Javier Rodríguez (D, Miami) served in the Florida House or Representatives from 2012 to 2016 and now serves in the Florida Senate where he is part of Democratic leadership. José Javier represents District 37 which includes a large part of Miami-Dade.
In his time serving in the Florida Legislature, José Javier has made a real difference. He successfully fought on behalf of working families to protect against unfair insurance practices, on behalf of students for better educational opportunities, on behalf of vulnerable seniors and victims of domestic violence for stronger protections and on behalf of immigrants against discrimination.
José Javier has been a reliable advocate for access to affordable quality healthcare and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In addition to championing clean water and Everglades restoration, José Javier has successfully advocated for action on sea level rise.
The Miami Herald endorsed his work in the Florida Legislature calling José Javier “a powerhouse in the legislature” (October 11, 2014) and saying “he has shown that he is an engaged and articulate lawmaker, willing to work hard for the right causes and to improve Florida.” (Oct. 23, 2016)
In addition José Javier’s run for State Senate in 2016 was endorsed by President Barack Obama, saying “Our children need us to keep working to make this country stronger, fairer, safer, and cleaner, and José will do just that”.
José Javier’s journey to the Florida Legislature is one of public service. With the help of scholarships and financial aid, José Javier received an education from the top schools in the country. He took those skills and applied them to help others.
José Javier served nearly three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa working with small business owners. After earning a degree from Harvard Law School, José Javier turned down the big law firms and came back home to Miami to work in the community defending the rights of those who cannot afford attorneys.
As a legal aid lawyer, prior to being elected to the Florida House in 2012, José Javier successfully raised working conditions and wages for families in Miami, helped level the playing field for struggling small business owners, and enabled homeowners to keep their homes. During this time also taught as an adjunct professor at the Carlos A. Costa Immigration & Human Rights Clinic at Florida International University.
José Javier his wife Sonia have a young son and live in the City of Miami.