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Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio was born on May 28, 1971 in Miami, Florida. His parents are Cuban exiles. Rubio is a politician, attorney, and the junior United States Senator for Florida. He was previously Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

Rubio has a a B.A. from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. In the late 1990s, he was a City Commissioner for West Miami and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, representing the 111th House district. Later in 2000, he was promoted to be one of two majority whips, and in 2002, he was appointed House Majority Leader by Speaker Johnnie Byrd. Subsequently, he was elected Speaker of the Florida House, and was Speaker for two years beginning in November 2006. Upon leaving the Florida legislature in 2008 due to term limits, Rubio started a new law firm, and also began teaching at Florida International University, where he continues as an adjunct professor.

Rubio successfully ran for United States Senate in 2010. In the U.S. Senate, he chairs the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, as well as the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues. He is one of four Latino Americans currently in the Senate. In April 2015, Rubio announced that he would forgo seeking reelection to the Senate to run for President. He suspended his campaign for President on March 15, 2016, after losing the Republican primary in his home state of Florida to current U.S. president Donald Trump. On June 22, he reversed his decision not to seek reelection to the Senate and announced his campaign. Rubio was reelected after defeating Democratic Party member Patrick Murphy in the 2016 U.S. Senate elections.

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