Legislator Profile

Former Florida Representative Ralph Arza (R)
The information below was accurate during the legislator's active term.
Ralph Arza
District Address:
14645 NW 77th Avenue
Suite 104
Hialeah, FL 33014-2569
(305) 827-2720

Capitol Address:
Room 204, HOB
402 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
(850) 488-1683
political profile
  • House District:102
  • First Elected:Elected to the House in 2000
  • Terms Out:2008
  • Party:Republican
  • Delegations:Broward,Miami-Dade
  • District Information:view district 102 map
  • Legislative Service:Elected to the House in 2000, reelected subsequently
    Doral Community Council, Chairman 1997-2000
    Miami International Trade Board 1997-1999
    Miami City-Wide Community Development Advisory Board 1998
    Boys & Girls Club of Miami, Board Member
  • Born:March, 26, 1960 in Oriente Cuba
  • Moved to Florida:
  • Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Education:Miami-Dade Community College, A.A., 1981;
    Florida International University, B.S., Social Studies Education, 1985
  • Occupation:Public School Teacher; Education Consultant;
    Vice President - Tim Hodgins Landscaping
  • Spouse:Eris Amalia Barrera
  • Children:Jaclyn, Christina, Rafael Anthony, Katherine, Sarah Michelle
  • Affiliations:Miami High School, Football Coach 1985-1990
    Top Performance Seminars for At-Risk Youth, Founder and President 1994-1997
    Conducted U.S.Department of Justice Anti-Drug Youth Camps 1994-1999
    Boys and Girls Club of Miami, Board Member
  • Former Service: Member of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators since 2005
    Appointed to the Education Commission of the States by Speaker Allen Bense in 2004
    Appointed to the Executive Committee of the Southern Regional Education Board in 2003
    Appointed to the Conference of State Legislatures' Committee on Education by Speaker Johnnie Byrd in 2003
    Appointed by Governor Bush as Florida's Liaison to the Southern Regional Education Board in 2002
    Helped establish the Ryder Charter Elementary School, the first charter school in an American workplace
    Was instrumental in promoting the economic development and growth of the Doral Area, which is recognized as one of Florida's most vibrant business communities
    Led passage of House Bill 1103: "Teacher Quality"
    Sponsored House Bill 1689, which promotes statewide teacher recruitment efforts
    Sponsored House Bill 1361, the "Charter School Bill," allowing for more options in converting local public schools into charter schools and establishing MAGNET charter schools
    Cosponsored and passed legislation requiring all 67 school districts to undergo a financial audit every five years
    Has helped secure funding for New World School of the Arts in Miami-Dade County, teacher retention bonuses, brain and spinal cord injury research, and the City of Hialeah Gardens Storm Water Project
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