Sen. Rubén Diaz
Reverend Rubén Díaz was elected to the New York State Senate in November, 2002 to serve the 32nd Senate District in the South Bronx. The communities in his district include Castle Hill, Longwood, Melrose, Morrisania, Parkchester, West Farms and Concourse Village. Senator Díaz is the Ranking Member on the Senate Standing Committee on Aging. Rev. Díaz was decisively elected to the New York City Council in 2001, representing the 18th District in The Bronx. During his swearing-in ceremony, Rev. Díaz conducted the first Pentecostal religious service ever held inside City Hall.
Rubén Díaz was born on April 22, 1943 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico and attended the Miguel Such Vocational School in Río Piedras. In 1960, he joined the U.S. Armed Forces and proudly served in the Army until he completed his tour of duty with an Honorable Discharge in 1963. Sen. Díaz has made New York City his home since 1965. He attended Herbert H. Lehman College, obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in 1976, and became the Pastor of the Church of God located on Seward Avenue in The Bronx. He attended the Damascus Bible Institute, graduating with a Theological Degree and, in 1978, became an ordained Minister of the Church of God, headquartered in Cleveland, Tennessee. Sen. Díaz continues to serve as President of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization. He is the proud father of three children: Damaris Díaz Kiely, who is a sergeant in the New York Police Department; Samuel Díaz, who works for the New York City Housing Authority; and Rubén Díaz, Jr., who is currently the President of the Borough of the Bronx. Senator Díaz is also the proud grandfather of six grandchildren. He is happily married to Leslie Ivette Díaz.