Florida State Senator Darren Soto was born and raised in Ringwood, NJ. Although being both a lawyer and politician, Senator Soto is very different from his peers. As an ardent defender of civil rights, he often renders legal services pro bono to benefit the underprivileged in the central Florida community. In 2006, he was named counsel in the federal class action brought on behalf of Hispanic voters against the City of Kissimmee. Soto is also a former member of the Civil Service Board for the City of Orlando, and was Treasurer of the Orange County Democrats and Vice President of Communications and Co-host for the Orange County Young Democrats, all positions where he volunteered his discretionary time to help the community.
Soto as of 2015 is now serving in his third elected position originally starting as a Florida State House member in 2006. He is best known for introducing legislation helping minority populations, protecting Florida’s pristine environment, and for being a champion of educational reform. Soto has passed legislation expediting the time for immigrant children to acquire a driver's license, reducing the statute of limitations from five years to one for banks to collect foreclosure debt, as well as helping to start Florida's Principal Reduction Program to assist struggling homeowners. Soto secured funding to start the Poinciana Valencia Campus and the Lake Toho Restoration project, which will keep clean water flowing through Florida’s Northern Everglades. Looking to the future, Soto has proposed legislation to promote economic growth in emerging industries including solar, space, biotech, film, and software. He also is an advocate to ban fracking in Florida, and proposed a bill to boost minimum teacher pay to $50,000 per year. For Senator Soto, the fight doesn’t stop to improve the lives of his fellow Floridians!