Diaz was born on April 22, 1943 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He attended
the Miguel Such Vocational School in Rio 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.
Senator Diaz has called New York City home since 1965. He received his Bachelorís Degree at Herbert H. Lehman College in 1976. He attended the Damascus Bible Institute. In 1978 he was ordained a Minister of the Church of God. Senator Diaz became the Pastor of the Church of God located on Seward Avenue in the Bronx.
In 1977, Reverend Diaz began to pursue his interest in working for the betterment of his community by helping those in need. That year, working from the basement of his Church on Seward Avenue, Reverend Diaz founded the Christian Community Benevolent Association, Inc., a non-profit CBO geared toward helping the elderly and the needy. For many years, he served as President of the CCBA which presently employs 1000 people and serves more than 5000 senior citizens residing in Bronx County.
Reverend Diaz was appointed to serve on the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board in 1993, and he served the people of the City for three years - investigating allegations of police brutality and misconduct.
In 1997, the National Evangelical University of the Dominican Republic (Universidad Nacional Evangelica de la Republica
Dominicana) awarded Reverend Diaz an honorary Doctorate Degree in
Humanities, in recognition of his tireless humanitarian work.
Senator Reverend Diaz has received numerous awards and honors, many of which are proudly displayed in his District Office and in his Office in Albany.
Diaz was elected to the New York State Senate in November 2002 in the
32nd Senate District in the South Bronx. In the 2008 and 2010 elections,
he carried both the Republican and Democratic lines.
serving in the Senate, Reverend Diaz was elected to the New York City
Council in 2001, representing the 18th District in The Bronx.
Diaz founded and serves as Pastor of the Christian Community
Neighborhood Church. For more than 20 years, he has served as the
President of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, which is
comprised of more than 150 ministers from the tri-state area.
Ruben Diaz is happily married to Leslie Yvette Diaz. He is the proud
father of three children: Damaris Diaz Kiely, who is a Sergeant in the
New York Police Department; Samuel Diaz, who works for the New York City
Housing Authority; and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. Senator
Diaz has also been blessed with six grandchildren.
Committee Assignments 2011: Aging, Banks, Finance Housing Construction
and Community Development, Insurance, Investigations and Government
Operations, Puerto Rican/Latino Caucus, Transportation.
Reverend Ruben Diaz served as Chair of the Senate Puerto Rican/Latino
Caucus from 2008-2010, and served as Chair of the Senate Committee on
Aging when Democrats held the Senate majority.
Senator Diaz serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of Democrats for Life/New York.