Marco Rubio

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Marco Rubio
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U.S. Senator from Florida
From: January 5, 2011 - Present
Predecessor George LeMieux
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former U.S. Representative from Florida's 111th District
From: January 25, 2000 – January 2, 2009
Predecessor Carlos Valdes
Successor Erik Fresen
Information
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Jeanette Dousdebes
Religion Roman Catholic

Marco Antonio Rubio (born May 28, 1971, Miami, Florida) is an American politician and lawyer; a Roman Catholic of Cuban descent, and the junior United States Senator from Florida. Rubio is a conservative Republican Party politician who served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives from 2007 through 2009. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Florida and a juris doctor from the University of Miami. During his tenure in the state legislator (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 won the Florida Senate seat in the 2010 midterm elections. He defeated moderate Republican Charlie Crist in the primary. Until April 2010 when Crist decided to drop out of the Republican primary and run as a Independent candidate. Democrat Kendrick Meek finished third.

Rubio is married to Jeanette Dousdebes, and they have 4 children: Amanda Loren, Daniella, Anthony, and Dominick.

Rubio 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.[2]

For U.S. Senate, The Miami Herald Endorsed Marco Rubio.

  • "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." [3]

Background

Marco 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, Marco's 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]

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