SD 39 covers Monroe County and parts of Miami-Dade County. Like most South Florida seats, SD 39 is foreign real estate for conservatives. The area is typically considered a Democratic stronghold, and any GOP candidate running for the seat is already facing an uphill battle.
But Rodriguez has an advantage that other Republicans don't have.
To combat this liberal stronghold, Rodriguez is the perfect choice to succeed Flores, given her Cuban descent and political interest in South Florida. Her professional career includes a stint with the Doral City Council, where she served eight years, including as Vice Mayor. On top of that, she works in government affairs and public relations in the area. If that's not enough, she's been honored with multiple awards, including the Public Service Award by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Humanitarian of the Year by the March of Dimes and the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.
Rodriguez and her team made the announcement official on Twitter.
First elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2018, Rodriguez narrowly defeated Democrat Javier Estevez with just 50.44% of the vote. Representing the state's 105th House district, which includes parts of Broward, Collier and Miami-Dade Counties, Rodriguez is coming off her first legislative session., where she served on the Business and Professions Subcommittee, Civil Justice Subcommittee, Health Quality Subcommittee, Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, and the Public Integrity & Ethics Subcommittee.
During her first legislative cycle, Rodriguez sponsored a number of bills, including those focusing on healthcare and public education. One of her biggest priorities, Rodriguez is passionate about water quality, and her mission includes investing in restoration projects.
She is also a big Second Amendment advocate, like many of her colleagues in the House.
Born in Miami, Florida, Rodriguez is the mother of four children.
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