Mayor Yioset De La Cruz was born March 1, 1973 in Havana, Cuba. He lived in Cuba until the age of seven. In 1980, he moved to Venezuela and lived there for three years. Mayor De La Cruz arrived in Miami in December of 1983, and moved to Hialeah Gardens in 1984 where he now resides with his wife Jenny De la Cruz and their sons Joseph and Jonathan.
Mayor De La Cruz attended Miami-Dade Community College and graduated with an Associate in Arts Degree in Public Speaking and Pre-Law. In addition, he attended Florida International University and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration and graduated on May 16, 2004 from the University of Miami Law School receiving his Juris Doctorate.
In 1996, he was employed with the City of Sweetwater as Parks Director and in 1998 as Senior Center Director. He was formerly the assistant to Mayor Raul Martinez at the City of Hialeah in 1999. In July 18, 2000, he was elected as one of the youngest Mayors in the State of Florida for the City of Hialeah Gardens, and is currently the youngest Mayor in Miami-Dade County.
Mayor De La Cruz serves as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Legislative Policy Committee with the Florida League of Cities. He is also a member of the Advocacy Committee, the International Relations Committee, the Federal Action Strike Team (F.A.S.T.) and a voting delegate for the Florida League of Cities