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What does Mario Diaz-Balart have in common with Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner?

The Miami Republican tonight joins those colleagues in being honored with the National Council of La Raza's Capital Award for "demonstrating a consistent commitment to promoting legislation and public policies that benefit Hispanic Americans."

The Miami Republican will be feted at La Raza's annual gala tonight at the National Building Museum in Washington.

Diaz-Balart called it an honor to be recognized: "Hispanic Americans make up the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the United States, it is important that we realize their significant contributions in a variety of fields including sports, sciences, the arts, and our economy."

LaRaza says it's the only Hispanic event that recognizes politicians from both sides of the aisle. Previous recipients include the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, current House Speaker John Boehner and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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