Carlos was the first openly LGBTQ Latino elected to the Florida House of Representatives
Carlos Guillermo Smith is a proven fighter for Florida’s working families and students. An alumnus of the University of Central Florida, Carlos proudly identifies as a LGBTQ, Latino and forward thinking millennial who reflects the values and diversity of Florida.
A first generation American, Carlos comes from a working-class family whose Hispanic heritage is mixed. His French Canadian mother runs an elementary school ESOL program where she works with students who speak english as their second language. His Peruvian-born father owns a small pool-cleaning business.
As the former chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, Carlos is a well-known community leader and advocate for issues such as affordable higher education, minority representation, and social and economic justice for all Floridians. He previously served in the Florida legislature as the chief-of-staff to former Democratic Representatives Joe Saunders and Scott Randolph.
Carlos also served as the governmental affairs manager for Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. In that role, he successfully led the charge that killed every single anti-LGBTQ bill introduced during 2015 & 2016 Florida legislative session.
His platform of job creation, fully funded public education, and social and economic justice reflects the values of everyday working Floridians. Elected in November 2016 to the State House of Representatives, Carlos made history as Florida’s first openly-LGBTQ Latino state legislator.
Importance of Candidacy:
- Carlos was the first openly LGBTQ Latino elected to the Florida House of Representatives.
- He has been a powerful voice in the movement for gun control.