Darren (Darren) Soto (D-09)

US Representative Darren Soto

Darren (Darren) Soto (D-09)
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Capitol: 202.225.9889
FAX: 202.225.9742
District: 202.615.1308
Representative
Room 2353 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-0909
201 West Central Avenue
Lake Wales, FL 33853
Residence:Orlando, FL

Committee Assignments

ChairmanCongressional #FutureForum Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Blockchain Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States
FC MemberFriends of the Dominican Republic Caucus
FC MemberAuto Care Caucus
WhipCongressional Hispanic Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
FC MemberHouse Tech Accountability Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Burn Pits Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Congenital Heart Defect Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
FC MemberCongressional Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Direct Selling Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change
FC MemberCongressional Labor Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Planetary Science Caucus
FC MemberCongressional NASA Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Natural Resources
FC MemberHouse Quiet Skies Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lupus Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Organic Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
Co-Vice ChairCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Safe Climate Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberProblem Solvers Caucus (No Labels)
FC MemberCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberNew Democrat Coalition (NDC)
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus

Bio

Darren Soto was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016 to represent Florida's 9thCongressional District, which includes all of Osceola and parts of Orange and Polk Counties. Born to a Puerto Rican father and Italian-American mother, Darren's upbringing influenced his passion for public service and helping those in need. After learning the values of hard work from his parents, Darren graduated from Rutgers University and the George Washington University School of Law. Upon graduation, Darren opened his own practice in Central Florida, where he practiced family law, civil litigation, and real estate law. With a desire to further help the men and women he advocated for as a lawyer, Darren entered public service in 2006 when he was appointed to serve on the Orlando Civil Service Board and as the Treasurer and the Vice President of Communications for the Orange County Young Democrats. Soon thereafter, he was elected to the State House and later to the State Senate. Serving in the Florida Legislature for a decade, he fought to create high-paying jobs, increase access to higher education and ensure clean water, land and air for his constituents. Darren spearheaded the passage of landmark legislation to protect families of fallen firefighters, giving victims of sexual assault more time to report their attackers and allow Dreamers to be admitted to the Florida Bar. In 2016, he took his public service to a national level after being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In his first term in Congress, he passed the most laws of any Freshmen Member in the House. Now in his third term, Darren has established himself as a strong advocate for the environment, hurricane relief, emerging technologies and the fight to protect the health and safety of his constituents. He currently serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Natural Resources. Additionally, Darren is the Chair of the Future Forum Caucus, Whip of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and a proud member of the New Democrat Coalition, Problem Solvers Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus and LGBT Equality Caucus. The first Floridian of Puerto Rican descent to serve in Congress, Darren is proud to represent the hard-working men and women who make Central Florida's theme parks world-renowned, who grow more citrus and raise more cattle than anywhere else in the State and who explore the farthest reaches of the galaxy from the Kennedy Space Center. From fighting for the needs Central Floridians and our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico to being a strong voice on healthcare and the environment, Darren is proud to serve his fellow Americans and the constituents of Florida's 9th Congressional District. While in the State Senate, Darren married his wife, Amanda, in 2013. Amanda has worked as a math and science teacher in Osceola and Orange County public schools and is now District Learning Resource Specialist for Osceola County School District. In his free time, Darren enjoys spending time with his wife and their two puppies, Star and Xena. His hobbies include playing guitar, pastel painting and kayaking.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2016    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Amanda   DOB: 2/25/1978
Counties Representing
Orange
Osceola
Polk