Who Is Marco Rubio?

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Early Life

Junior U.S. Senator and Republican Marco Rubio was born to Cuban immigrant parents in Miami in 1971. He was one of four children. He was a top football player in high school, managing to land a scholarship to Tarkio College in Missouri. After a year, he enrolled at Santa Fe Community College before earning his Bachelor’s degree from University of Florida. He accomplished his law degree in 1996 at the University of Miami, during which he interned for U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and participated in Senator Bob Dole’s (R) campaign for president.

According to his own narrative, his uncle inspired him to get involved in politics. In an interview he was quoted as saying, "I gained an interest in politics and history from my uncle, who would read books and newspapers out loud to us."  

Political Career

Marco Rubio’s political career began in 1998 with his election to the West Miami City Commission. His political career rapidly grew when he became a member of the Florida House of Representative in 1999. In 2003, he became a majority leader and appeared as a political power within the legislature. He was voted into the seat of speaker of the Florida House in 2006 and remained in office from January 2007 to January 2009.

Speaker Marco Rubio was an upbeat political person. He presented “100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future” to the legislature and more than fifty of them were voted into law. These ideas are actually the opinions of the residents of Florida which he assembled from numerous active community gatherings.

US Senate Campaign

The most astounding triumph of Rubio’s career was actually his campaign for US Senate.  He took on former Florida governor and Republican heavyweight Charlie Crist. Confident, Rubio said during his campaign, "I'm in this race to win. Many of the things that make America unique are threatened by politicians in Washington, D.C. We're going to make irreversible decisions over the next four to six years. I want to be a part of correcting the course."

A Busy Senator

After taking office in 2011, Rubio became a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. He is also a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations. Rubio has been of great political speculation in recent years. He was presumed to be a possible running-mate for Mitt Romney in his 2012 presidential bid. Rubio, however, didn’t even join Romney’s presidential campaign. He concentrated on his work in the Senate. His immigration reform initiatives have been notable.

Presidential Ambition

Marco Rubio announced his 2016 Republican presidential bid in April 2015. He explained the reason for seeking the country’s highest office in Miami. He said, "We've reached a moment now, not just in my career, but the history of our country, where I believe that it needs a Republican Party that is new and vibrant, that understands the future, has an agenda for that future." Again confident, he said, “And I feel uniquely qualified to offer that."

Rubio on Trump’s Controversial Remark

Rubio was not mild like Jeb Bush on Donald Trump’s Mexican comments. He criticized Trump decisively. He said, “Trump’s comments are not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive.” 

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