Join us in Congratulating First Dominican Elected to FL Legislature

-She is the first Dominican American ever elected to the Florida Legislature-

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Hon. Daisy Baez

Washington, DC.–Join the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) in congratulating the Honorable Daisy J. Baez for her election on November 8, 2016 to the State of Florida House of Representatives (District 114).

Send your congratulatory notes via info@danr.org

“My family taught me to fight for what I value — I believe in a Florida that serves all Floridians, not just a few. I’ll stand up for a Florida in which education, healthcare, and living wages are accessible for all,” she said. “In Tallahassee, I’ll fight to ensure that the heritage, beauty, and the natural resources of our cities and neighborhoods are protected and preserved for future generations.”

“I invite everybody, including DANR Board Directors, friends, supporters and members to join us in congratulating Daisy Baez for becoming the first Dominican American ever elected to the Florida Legislature,” said DANR President Claribel Martinez Marmolejos. “She is currently DANR Vice President Representing Florida and the perfect example of Latino women who strive against all odds to achieve what they set out to do.”

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“Daisy is a US veteran, a mother, a healthcare professional, a community leader and an immigrant hailing from the Dominican Republic,” said Nestor Montilla, Sr., Chairman of the National Dominican American Council (NDAC), and the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), advocacy organizations fighting for Dominican advancement and immigrants rights in the United States. “Her story is a true American immigrant story made possible thanks to the US Hart-Cellar Immigration Act of 1965, which afforded over one million Dominicans the opportunity to be legally admitted into United States along the past 50 years. In fact, the Hart-Cellar Immigration Act of 1965 granted high priority to family reunification affording immigrants from all over the world the opportunity to enter the US legally.”

At the age of seven, her mother left her and her sister in the care of her grandmother in the Dominican Republic, while she moved to NYC where she worked long hours in a factory just to be able to send money back home, so her children could survive.  She experienced firsthand what it means to be poor until reuniting with her mother in New York City at the age of 17.

“Needless to say, I never got the chance to spend a lot of time with my mother,” she said.  “She sacrificed everything for her family — even the ability to be with us. Her selflessness showed me the value of service, and it also taught me from an early age that the things we value in life are worth fighting for.”

Daisy Baez Short Bio

Daisy J. Baez was borne in Santo Domingo and raised in the capital city area of Ensanche Ozama. Her father is from Bani and her mother is from Salcedo. She attended colegio Santa Teresa a parrochial school also in Ensanche Ozama.

Her parents divorced and her mother moved to New York in search of a better life for her children. Daisy and her twin sister Lina joined their mother in New York in 1977 at the age of 17.

daisyMs. Baez joined the United States Army at 19. She attended basic training in Fort McClelland, Alabama, advanced training in Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, and her base assignment was in Fort Hood Texas. She trained as a preventive medicine specialist and was assigned to the 15t h medical battalion of the First Cavalry Division in Fort Hood. She was a very distinguished soldier having obtained an Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, and many others awards and recognitions.

While still in the service she enrolled in college classes at night and continued her university studies after leaving the service obtaining a degree in social work and later a master’s degree in counseling education.

Daisy started her professional career as a hospital social worker eventually scaling the ranks of hospital administration to become a hospital vice president with several local and national health care companies. She currently works as a health care consultant managing her own firm.

Ms. Baez is a single parent to Nicole who is a graduate of Florida International University. Ms. Baez and her daughter reside in Coral Gables, Florida.

Ms. Baez was elected to the Florida House of Representative in November 2016 becoming the first Dominican American ever elected to the Florida Legislature. She was elected to represent district #114 which includes the cities of Coral Gables, West Miami, South Miami, Pine Crest, and Cutler Bay.

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