Ricky Junquera

Florida House of Representatives, District 118

Spotlight Candidate

Ricky will be a voice for equality in the Florida House of Representatives

Biography

Ricky Junquera is a millennial Cuban American, raised by a single mother and grandmother in the heart of Miami – both of whom reminded him and his siblings daily to improve themselves and their community. His grandparents fled Cuba in 1961 to Miami in search of a new life. His grandmother worked as a seamstress at a factory along the Miami River back when things were made in the United States.

After high school graduation he left South Florida to attend Boston University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After two years of law school Ricky took a leave of absence to work on Joe Garcia’s bid for Congress in 2010 and fell in love with politics. He returned to Boston after that to receive a master’s degree in intercultural communications from Lesley University.

Ricky returned to South Florida in 2014 to again campaign for Joe Garcia. In 2015 he became Communications Director for Congressman Henry Cuellar of San Antonio, Laredo, and the Rio Grande Valley just as Trump was starting his run for President. It was there that he honed in his communications skills to combat Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric. Later that fall he accepted a position as a Regional Press Secretary for Sierra Club, and has been fighting for environmental, economic, and social justice ever since.

He currently sits as Outreach Vice Chair of the Miami Dade Democratic Party, after being Chair of the party during the 2018 midterm election cycle.

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