Marco Rubio

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Marco Rubio
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U.S. Senator from Florida
From: January 5, 2011 - Present
PredecessorGeorge LeMieux
SuccessorIncumbent (no successor)
Former U.S. Representative from Florida's 111th District
From: January 25, 2000 – January 2, 2009
PredecessorCarlos Valdes
SuccessorErik Fresen
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Party Republican
Spouse(s) Jeanette Dousdebes
Religion Roman Catholic

Marco Antonio Rubio (born May 28, 1971, Miami, Florida) is the junior United States Senator from Florida. A Roman Catholic of Cuban descent, Rubio is a conservative Republican and previously served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives from 2007 through 2009. He won the Florida Senate seat in the 2010 midterm elections, defeating RINO Charlie Crist in the Republican primary.

During his tenure in the state legislature (2001-2009), he advocated an overhaul of the Florida tax system that would have eliminated all property taxes in favor of a flat consumption tax. Americans for Tax Reform called him "the most pro-taxpayer legislative leader in the country." [1] Additionally, he is a strong advocate of limited government and private property rights.

Rubio supports the teaching of the young earth theory rather than allowing atheists and liberals to impose censorship in public school.[2] He was one of the original co-sponsors of PIPA and only withdrew his support for the bill after internet protests and calls to his office from concerned citizens.[3]

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Background

Rubio's parents came to the United States in 1956, two and a half years before the communist takeover of Cuba by Fidel Castro.[4] In Florida, his father worked as a bartender, and his mother worked as a waitress. They relocated to Las Vegas in 1979 when Marco was 8 years old, where his father worked as a bartender at Sam's Town, and his mother worked as a housekeeper at the Imperial Palace. Six years later, the Rubio family returned to Miami where Marco's father found work at the Mayfair Hotel.[5]

Rubio earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Florida and a juris doctor from the University of Miami. He is married to Jeanette Dousdebes, and they have 4 children: Amanda Loren, Daniella, Anthony, and Dominick.

Endorsment

The Miami Herald wholeheartedly endorsed Rubio during the 2010 Senate race:

"At this critical juncture in the nation’s economy, Mr. Rubio offers a welcome dose of fiscal restraint. He has exhibited common sense on Social Security, where he proposes raising the retirement age as a way of keeping the program solvent. Neither Mr. Crist nor Mr. Meek has dared to make take such a clear stand. Mr. Rubio has the potential to be the kind of statesman Floridians can be proud to call a native son -- much like another conservative, former Senator Connie Mack." [6]

Political Views

Rubio is a supporter of Neoconservatism and the Tea Party Movement. He wants to give undocumented immigrants brought as minors a form of temporary legal status, but he stressed then it would not be a pathway to citizenship.[7] Rubio opposes gun control and does not believe in global warming. He wants more support for Israel to fight Hamas and is pro-life.[8]

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