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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 by George LeMieux
Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
In office
January 2, 2007 – January 2, 2009
Preceded by Allan Bense
Succeeded by Ray Sansom
Member of the
Florida House of Representatives
from the 111th District
In office
January 25, 2000 – January 2, 2009
Preceded by Carlos Valdes
Succeeded by Erik Fresen
Personal details
Marco Antonio Rubio, Jr.

May 28, 1971 (1971-05-28) (age 50)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jeanette Dousdebes
Children 4
Alma mater University of Florida (B.A.)
University of Miami (J.D.)
Profession Politician

Marco Antonio Rubio, Jr. (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. He 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.

U.S. senate (2011-present)

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 US 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. Rubio announced in May 2015, that he will not seek re-election because of his presidential campaign.

2016 presidential race

On April 13, 2015, Rubio announced his candidacy for president in 2016 and that he would not seek re-election to his Senate seat. His campaign started at the Freedom Tower in Miami, a building that many Cuban immigrants passed through.

During the 2016 Republican Party presidential primary, Rubio came in third place in Iowa. Since then, he came in second or third place in the Nevada and South Carolina primaries. He won the Minnesota primaries after Super Tuesday. On March 6, 2016, Rubio won the Puerto Rico primary by winning almost 74%. He also won the Washington, D.C. caucus.

Rubio suspended his campaign on March 15, 2016 after losing the Florida primaries to Donald Trump.

Personal life

Rubio married Jeanette Dousdebes in 1998. Together, they have four children. The Rubios live in Miami, Florida. Marco has two sisters, Veronica and Barbara, and an older brother, Mario. Rubio has said in his books that he is a fan of rap music. When he was a young man he played football, and once hoped to play the game in the NFL. Rubio has also written two books.

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