Marco Rubio


Marco Antonio Rubio (born May 28, 1971) is the junior United States Senator from Florida, serving since January 2011. He previously served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and is currently a candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Rubio is a Cuban American native of Miami. He graduated from the University of Florida and the University of Miami School of Law. In the late 1990s, he served as a City Commissioner for West Miami and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, representing the 111th House district. He was elected Speaker in September 2005.

Since announcing his presidential candidacy on April 13, 2015 Rubio has participated in nationally televised debates, and has pitched his candidacy as an effort to restore the American Dream for middle- and working-class families.


After leaving the Florida House of Representatives due to term limits in January 2009, Rubio started his own law firm.[127] He was also hired by the Florida International University for a teaching position after agreeing to raise a large portion of his salary through private contributions. Billionaire auto dealer and Miami power-broker Norman Braman gave $100,000 to finance Rubio’s position.[128]

Electoral history[edit] Florida U.S. Senate election 2010
Party    Candidate    Votes    %    ±%
Republican    Marco Rubio    2,645,743    49%    
Independent    Charlie Crist    1,607,549    30%    
Democratic    Kendrick Meek    1,092,936    20%    
Libertarian    Alexander Snitker    24,850    <1%    
Books written by Rubio[edit] 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future. Regnery Publishing. 2006. ISBN 978-1596985117.
An American Son: A Memoir. Sentinel HC. 2012. ISBN 978-1595230942.
American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone. Sentinel HC. 2015. ISBN 978-1595231130.