Al Cardenas will be the new leader of CPAC, as David Keene steps down. I can’t think of a better man to lead the way out of this CPAC controversy, into a new era of Republican growth and renewal.
Here is his professional profile:
ALBERTO R. CARDENAS, a partner in the law firm of Tew Cardenas LLP, chairs the Advocacy and Government Affairs Group in its Miami, Tallahassee, and Washington, D.C. offices.
He holds a law degree from Seton Hall University (J.D., 1974). He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Cardenas has been counsel of record in a number of precedent-setting and published court decisions.
Mr. Cardenas is a regular opinion editorial columnist for El Diario, the largest circulating Spanish-speaking newspaper in the country and has frequently appeared on network television, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, Univision, CNN Español, and Telemundo.
In his distinguished career, Al Cardenas served two terms as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, the largest state political party in the country. Prior to his service as Chairman, Mr. Cardenas served three consecutive terms as Vice-Chairman. He most recently was Co-Chairman of the Bush/Cheney 2004 Florida campaign, and has been named as one of Washington, D.C.’s top lobbyists by The Hill newspaper.
As Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, Mr. Cardenas was appointed by the Republican National Committee Chairman to serve on the Executive Committee, the highest policy-making board at the RNC. He was the first Hispanic to head a major state party and remains the only Hispanic Republican Party Chairman in Florida history.
Mr. Cardenas has been active in Republican politics for more than 25 years and has represented the State of Florida at every Republican National Convention since 1976.
After Ronald Reagan’s successful presidential campaign in 1980, the President-elect chose Mr. Cardenas for his transition team, making him responsible for the transition of the United States Department of Commerce. President Reagan also appointed him to chair the President’s Commission on Small and Minority Business Affairs in 1982 and later as Special Ambassador to St. Kitts-Nevis upon that nation’s independence in 1983.
President George H. W. Bush appointed Mr. Cardenas to the Board of Directors of the Federal National Mortgage Association from 1985 to 1990. He also served on the President’s Trade Policy Commission.
Governor Jeb Bush appointed Al Cardenas as a member of the Board of Trustees to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). He is also a national board member of the American Conservative Union.
Al Cardenas was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948 and came to the United States with his parents at the age of 12. Today, he and his wife of 26 years, Diana, reside in Key Biscayne, Florida. They have six children and four grandchildren.