Senior Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, nationally recognized for his leadership in law, business and politics. Former Chairman of the American Conservative Union and former Chairman of the Florida GOP.
Al Cardenas is a frequent guest on CNN, FOX, NBC, MSNBC, Telemundo and Univision, sharing knowledge of his storied, 30-plus years as a leader in the conservative movement following his escape from communist Cuba at the early age of 12.
Al served as Chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), two-terms as Chairman of Florida’s GOP, Vice-Chairman of No-Labels and as a member of the International Republican Institute (IRI) International Advisory Board.
Ronald Reagan chose Al for his transition team, making him responsible for the transition of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He chaired President Reagan’s Commission on Small and Minority Business Affairs, and later as Special Ambassador to St. Kitts-Nevis upon that nation’s independence. Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush appointed Al to the Board of Directors of the Federal National Mortgage Association, and he served on the President’s Trade Policy.
Florida Governor Jeb Bush appointed Al as a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU). And he’s a former Trustee of Miami Dade College, where he was named to its Hall of Fame.
Al is the Founder of the Institute of Politics at Florida State University, a professor at FSU, and frequently meets and interviews political thought leaders on major policy discussions taking place nationally.
Al is recognized as The Best Lawyers in America, has been named one of Washington, D.C.’s top lobbyists by The Hill, is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and was named one of “The Most Influential Leaders in the Latino Community Today” by a number of leading national publications.
He received his A.A. from Miami Dade University, his B.A. from Florida Atlantic University and his J.D. from Seton Hall University.
Florida and National Politics
Immigration Politics & Policy
Campaigns & Elections
Problem Solving (State & National Levels)
Balance of Power
Media 101: Fairness, Cable, Networks, Social Media