| Eduardo Gonzalez|
| Cindy Avila|
| June 25, 1984 (age 31)
Hialeah, Florida (1984-06-25) |
Miami-Dade College (A.A.)
University of Miami (B.A.)
Florida International University (M.P.A.)
University of Miami, Florida International University
Bryan Avila Wikipedia
Bryan Avila (born June 25, 1984) is a Republican politician who currently serves as a member of the Florida House of Representatives. He has represented the 111th District, which includes parts of Miami and Hialeah in northeastern Miami-Dade County, since 2014.
Avila was born in Hialeah, Florida. He graduated from Miami Springs High School in 2002. He attended Miami Dade College, receiving his associates degree in 2004, and graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor's degree in political science in 2006. Avila went on to attend Florida International University, where he graduated with a Masters degree in Criminal Justice as well as a Master of Public Administration degree in 2010. In 2011, Avila was appointed to serve on the Planning and Zoning Board for the City of Hialeah. The following year, he was appointed to the city's Scholarship Board. In 2013, Avila was elected as the Vice-Chairman of the Republican Party of Miami-Dade County and served until his election to the Florida House of Representatives. Avila is married to his high school sweetheart, Cindy Gil-Avila. In 2015, their daughter, Olivia, was born.
In 2014, Avila ran to succeed incumbent State Representative Eduardo González, who was unable to seek re-election due to term limits. He faced Alexander Anthony, a former candidate for Mayor in Miami Springs in the Republican primary. Avila campaigned on improving the state's economy, cutting taxes, expanding educational opportunities, reducing the size of government, and eliminating corporate welfare. He earned the endorsement of the Miami Herald, which, though it recommended his candidacy, criticized his opposition to Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Avila ended up defeating Anthony by a wide margin. He won the Republican primary with 60% of the vote and advanced to the general election, where he faced Mariano Corcilli, the Democratic nominee. This time, he did not earn the endorsement of the Miami Herald, which supported his opponent over his opposition to Medicaid expansion. Ultimately, it was not a close election with Avila defeating Corcilli in a landslide, winning 67% of the vote.
During his first term in office, Avila authored important pieces of legislation such as providing a property-tax exemption for low-income seniors, streamlining the tax appeals process, establishing in-state tuition for all active duty service members, reforming HIV testing, and implementing distance requirements for Assisted Living Facilities. In 2016, Avila ran for re-election and defeated Sevi Miyar, the Democratic nominee and a high school teacher. Avila was recognized for his accomplishments during his first term in office and received the endorsement of the Miami Herald, which praised him as a rising star. He went on to win 59% of the vote and was sworn in for his second term on November 22, 2016.