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Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
United States Senator
from Florida
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Serving with Bill Nelson
Preceded byGeorge LeMieux
Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
In office
January 2, 2007 – January 2, 2009
Preceded byAllan Bense
Succeeded byRay Sansom
Member of the
Florida House of Representatives
from the 111th District
In office
January 25, 2000 – January 2, 2009
Preceded byCarlos Valdes
Succeeded byErik Fresen
Personal details
Marco Antonio Rubio

(1971-05-28) May 28, 1971 (age 50)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jeanette Dousdebes
Alma materUniversity of Florida (B.A.)
University of Miami (J.D.)

Marco Antonio Rubio (born May 28, 1971) is a United States Senator from Florida. He is a Republican. He represented his party in the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address in 2013.

Early Life

Rubio's family moved from Cuba to the US in the 1950s. He was born in 1971 in Miami, Florida, and has one brother and two sisters. Rubio's family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada during the 1980s but they later came back to Miami. After high school he stayed in Florida and went to the University of Florida, where he graduated in 1993 with a political science degree. After that he went to law school at the University of Miami, where he got a doctorate in law.


After being in local politics, Rubio ran for the Florida House of Representitives and won. Eventually he became the Speaker of the House, an important political position. In 2010 he ran for United States Senate. He ran a long shot campaign at first: most people thought that Florida's Governor, Charlie Crist would get the Republican nomination. Rubio won the primary, but Crist entered the race as an independent. In a three way race between himself, Crist, and Democrat Kendrick Meek, Rubio was elected to the Senate in 2010.

Rubio has become well known since entering the Senate. He has been critical of President Barack Obama and has proposed his own ideas in place of Obama's plans on more than one issue. He wrote a plan for the economy supporting free market economics and has proposed tax cuts for small businesses that have innovative ideas. Rubio also introduced a reform of the US immigration system and recently supported changes to how colleges deal with sexual assault.

Many people have said that Marco Rubio may run for President in 2016.