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[Editor's Note: On Tuesday Mar. 15, 2016, Senator Marco Rubio announced the suspension of his presidential campaign in a speech at his Miami campaign headquarters. He stated: "The politics of resentment against other people will not just leave us a fractured party. They're gonna leave us a fractured nation. They're gonna leave us as a nation where people literally hate each other, because they have different political opinions… While it is not God's plan that I be president in 2016 or maybe ever, and while today my campaign is suspended, the fact that I've even come this far is evidence of how special America truly is, and all the reason more why we must do all we can to ensure that this nation remains a special place."]


Republican Presidential Candidate
US Senator (R-FL)






Full Name: Marco Antonio Rubio
Birthdate: May 28, 1971
Birthplace: Miami, FL
Marital Status: Married
Children: Four
Religion: Roman Catholic

Involvement:
  • United States Senator (R-FL), Jan. 3, 2011-present
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Member, US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Visiting Professor, Metropolitan Center, Florida International University, 2008-2010
  • Political Analyst, Univision, 2008
  • Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, 2007-2008
  • Member, Florida House of Representatives, 2000-2008
  • Former Florida Chairman, Grand Old Party Action Committee (GOPAC)
  • Former City Commissioner, West Miami, FL
  • Former attorney

Education:
  • JD, cum laude, University of Miami Florida, 1996
  • BS, Political Science, University of Florida, 1993
  • Attended Santa Fe College
  • Attended Tarkio College

Affiliations and Awards:
  • Expert, Federalist Society
  • Former Board Member, Alafit International (global literacy nonprofit)
  • Former Board Member, Latin Builders Association
  • Former Board Member, Miami Performing Arts Center

Other:
  • His parents, Mario and Oria Rubio, came to the United States from Cuba in 1956
  • Has four children with wife Jeanette, a former cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins football team.

Select Publications:
  • American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone, 2015
  • An American Son: A Memoir, 2013
  • 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future, 2006