WASHINGTON (CBS4) – U.S. House of Representative Mario Diaz-Balart received the top honor from the National Council of La Raza Thursday for his work on behalf of Latino Americans.

Diaz-Balart, a six-term congressman from South Florida, received his award during a ceremony at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Democratic Representative Barney Frank and Grammy-award winning fusion band Ozomatli were also honored during the ceremony.

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Past winners of the award include the late Senator Edward Kennedy and current House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner.

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