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WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today announced that Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) will deliver the Republican Address to the Nation in Spanish following the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.

“Mario Diaz-Balart has long been a tremendous ambassador for communicating conservative principles and bold, pro-growth solutions,” Speaker Ryan said. “In a year when the country is crying out for an alternative to the status quo, we will offer a vision for a more confident America at home and abroad.”   

“I am grateful to Speaker Ryan for giving me the opportunity to deliver the Republican address in Spanish,” Rep. Diaz-Balart said. “The United States and the American people face grave challenges, all of which can be overcome with leadership in Washington, DC that understands the greatness of our country. We need a president who will unify, not divide; a president who will stand with our allies and stand up to enemies of freedom. House Republicans are committed to putting our country back on a path to prosperity, creating solutions that will bolster the economy, cultivate job growth, and provide for a robust national defense. The American people deserve nothing less.”

Mario Diaz-Balart is fulfilling his 7th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves as Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Committee on the Budget, and is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Conference and the Congressional Everglades Caucus. Prior to his time in Congress, Diaz-Balart served 14 years in the Florida State Legislature. Mario Diaz-Balart was born on September 25, 1961 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He studied at the University of South Florida and currently resides in Miami, Florida with his wife and son.

NOTE: The Republican Address to the Nation in Spanish will be available after the State of the Union at https://www.youtube.com/user/GOPespanol/. Follow @GOPEspanol for additional updates.