Why He Matters
Rivera was originally born in New York City, but has spent most of his life living in Florida. Previously special assistant to the head of the State Department's Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Rivera has worked in highly-classified positions as well as senior posts within the Florida Republican party.
Long involved in Florida politics, Rivera has served in the Florida House since 2002. In 2009 and 2010, he was the chairman of the Florida House Full Appropriations Council. Even with deficit spending, and without raising taxes, the state budget was balanced both years with money left over for public education funding.