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Junior Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio is a member of the Republican Party and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

Born in 1971 to Cuban immigrants, he grew up in Miami, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada. He attended the University of Florida and earned his law degree form the University of Miami School of Law in 1996. He later interned for US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and served as City Commissioner for West Miami. In 2000, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives for the 111th district. He took the post of Speaker in 2006.

Following the departure of Republican Mel Martinez, Rubio made a bid for the Senate seat in 2009. Although initially an underdog, trailing Republican Governor Charlie Crist, Rubio won the support of the Tea Party movement and succeeded in securing the Republican nomination. Meanwhile, Crist decided on an independent run. The general election itself was a blow out by modern standards, with Rubio securing a 19-point margin of victory.

In the Senate, Rubio serves on four committees: Commerce, Science and Transportation; Foreign Relations; Intelligence and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

In 2011, Rubio came under fire by the St. Petersburg Times and Washington Post as having mis-categorized his origins. Stating many times in the press and on the campaign trail that his parents escaped Fidel Castro’s regime in Cuba, it turned out his parents actually left the country three years prior to seek better opportunity in the United States. The “Son of Exiles” scandal drew to a close as polls of the Cuban exile community showed little interest in the story.

Marco Rubio: US Senate

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