South Florida author Carlos Orta in Washington, D.C., for book launch (includes video story)

South Florida author Carlos Orta launched his new book, “The Rise of Cuban Americans in Florida Politics,” on June 18 in Washington, D.C., where he discussed his work and Latin politics.

“The Rise of Cuban Americans in Florida Politics” tells the story of Cuban Americans and their connection to politics. People who attended the book launch got to ask Orta questions and talk about their own experiences.

Originally from Havana, Cuba, Orta moved to Miami when he was young. At the age of 21, he entered politics and quickly rose through the ranks, serving as a legislative aide before becoming a lobbyist for many Fortune 500 companies. He eventually decided to use his platform to advocate for Latino representation and give them opportunities they have not had before.

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