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Marco Antonio Rubio


In office
January 2, 2007 – January 2, 2009
Preceded by Allan Bense
Succeeded by Ray Sansom

In office
January 25, 2000 – January 2, 2009

Born May 28, 1971 (1971-05-28) (age 38)
Miami, Florida
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jeanette Dousdebes
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Marco Antonio Rubio (pronounced /ˈruːbi.oʊ/; born May 28, 1971) is a Cuban-American politician and lawyer. Rubio was the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives during the 2007 and 2008 legislative sessions. He was first elected to the Florida House as a Republican on January 25, 2000, from the 111th district. He is a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by George LeMieux.

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Personal life

Rubio was born in Miami, Florida, the son of exiles from Cuba. He is a Roman Catholic and is fluent in Spanish. His father was a bartender and his mother in hotel housekeeping in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rubio lived in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1979 to 1985, though his family returned to Miami in the summer of 1985. Rubio attended South Miami Senior High School and graduated in 1989. He then attended Tarkio College for one year on a football scholarship from 1989 to 1990 before enrolling at Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida. He received his B.S. from the University of Florida in 1993 and his J.D. Cum Laude from the University of Miami in 1996. While studying law, he interned for Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Rubio is married to Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio, a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader (1997) of Colombian descent, and they have four children together: Amanda, Daniella, Anthony, and Dominick. Rubio and his family live in West Miami, Florida.

Career

Marco Rubio served as a City Commissioner for West Miami before being elected to the House of Representatives for the 111th District in a special election on Jan. 25, 2000 and won repeated re-election.[1] In November 2006, he was elected Speaker of the Florida State House for the 2006-2008 term.

He is best known for his book 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future. The book was compiled from Rubio's travels around the state to gather ideas from citizens. This was done through what Rubio calls "Idearaisers". Many of the issues that he pushed for in his first year as speaker came from ideas in this book.

During 2007, Marco Rubio championed a major overhaul of the Florida tax system. He argued it would reduce property taxes and decrease the size of government. While his effort stalled, it created enough debate within the Florida Legislature to pass a more modest plan supported by Governor Charles Crist.

2010 U.S. Senate campaign

Rubio speaking at CPAC in February 2010.

On May 5, 2009, Rubio announced on his website that he planned to run for the United States Senate in 2010 for the Republican seat being vacated by George LeMieux. Prior to the announcement, he had been meeting with fundraisers and supporters throughout the state.[2] Initially trailing by double-digits against the incumbent Governor of his own party, Rubio is now considered a front-runner for the Republican nomination according to recent aggregate polling.[3][4]

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