Representative Jose Felix Diaz, District 116, Miami, was honored on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, with the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops Defensor Dignitatis (Defender of Dignity) Award for his ongoing, courageous and valiant defense of the dignity of the human person.
The award was presented by Michael McQuone, associate director for health, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, at the annual Catholic Days at the Capitol luncheon attended by the Catholic bishops of Florida, several state lawmakers and more than 300 Catholic faithful from across the state.
McQuone said, “Recognizing health care is essential for human flourishing, Representative Diaz began a multi-year crusade to ensure those who are most vulnerable, such as children, immigrants and families with lower incomes, have access to the Florida KidCare insurance program.”
Due to Representative Diaz’ sustained efforts Florida law was changed to remove a five-year waiting period and allow legally-residing immigrant children to qualify for essential health care benefits, including preventive care, from birth.
A graduate of St. Brendan Catholic High School, Representative Diaz was elected in 2010 and now serves the people of the Westchester area of Miami, the same area where he was born and raised. He currently chairs the House Regulatory Affairs Committee, and he and his wife, Therese, have two sons, Dominick and Christian.
Catholic Days at the Capitol is held annually during the Florida Legislative Session. Catholics from around the state gather in Tallahassee for a legislative briefing before attending scheduled meetings with their elected officials. During a luncheon for participants, selected lawmakers are honored for their work in the Florida Legislature. Click here for a
of past award recipients.
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The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops is an agency of the Catholic Bishops of Florida. It speaks for the Church in matters of public policy and serves as liaison to the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. The archbishop and bishops of the seven (arch)dioceses in Florida constitute its board of directors.