Why He Matters
Sires, who was born in Cuba, is seen as an authority on Cuban-American relations. He won his House seat in a 2006 special election, and has served the 13th district of New Jersey ever since.
Before coming to Congress, he was an experienced New Jersey pol, having served a long career as a mayor, and the first Latino speaker of the state Assembly. But he raised some eyebrows, and objections to his appointment as speaker, because of his history of party switching from Democrat to Republican and back again.