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Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat
Rodriguez-Chomat in 2013
Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida

In office
2011 – January 2, 2017
Preceded by William Johnson
Personal details
Born (1945-06-28)June 28, 1945
Havana, Cuba
Died August 19, 2017(2017-08-19) (aged 72)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater St. Thomas University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Unit U.S. Army Reserve

Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat (June 28, 1945 – August 19, 2017) was a Cuban-American politician and judge. He was a one-term member of the Florida House of Representatives representing a district in West Miami for the Republican Party from 1994 until his defeat in 1998. He served as a Judge of the Criminal and Family Divisions of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida from 2011 until his retirement in 2017.

Early life and education[]

Rodriguez-Chomat was born in Havana and was active in the Cuban-American lobby. He attended high school briefly, but dropped out to support his family. He was educated at St. Thomas University and served in the U.S. Army Reserve.[1] Rodriguez-Chomat went on to work as an accountant, an IRS agent and a tax lawyer before winning office as a lawmaker and later serving as a judge.[1]

Career[]

In 2013, Rodriguez-Chomat was the subject of a viral video after a teenage girl arrested on drugs charges giggled throughout her bond hearing and flippantly told Rodriguez-Chomat "adios" as she walked off. He responded by calling her back and doubling her bond amount. After the girl, Penelope Soto, angrily replied by saying "F*** you", and gave him the middle finger, he sentenced her to 30 days imprisonment for contempt of court, bidding her "adios". After she apologized, he withdrew the contempt citations and urged her to seek drug counselling.[2][3]

Death[]

Rodriguez-Chomat died on August 19, 2017 after a long battle with prostate cancer at age 72. He was survived by his wife, Susanita Ferro Rodriguez-Chomat and his children and stepchildren.[1][3]

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