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Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio.jpg
U.S. Senate, Florida
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
PredecessorGeorge S. LeMieux (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 2016
Campaign $$21,741,330
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives
High schoolSouth Miami Senior High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida (1993)
J.D.University of Miami Law School (1996)
Date of birthMay 28, 1971
Place of birthMiami, Florida
Net worth-$45,494
ReligionRoman Catholic [1]
Office website
Campaign website
Marco Antonio Rubio (b. May 28, 1971 in Miami, Florida) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Florida. Rubio was first elected to the Senate in 2010.

Rubio was considered to be a possible candidate for Mitt Romney's choice of a vice-presidential candidate in 2012, but ultimately was not selected.[2][3]

In August 2012, he was included in a list of 20 Latino political rising stars compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.[4]

Rubio is a member of the group of senators deemed the "Gang of Eight." This term is used to reference eight of the most influential Senators on immigration reform and includes four senators from each party.[5]

He previously was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008.[6]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Rubio is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Born to a family of Cuban exiles, Rubio was raised in Miami, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada. He attended South Miami Senior High School and graduated in 1989. He then attended Tarkio College for one year on a football scholarship from 1989 to 1990, before enrolling at Santa Fe Community College (later renamed Santa Fe College). He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in 1993, and his J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1996.[6]


  • Prior to 2000: City Commission for West Miami, Florida.
  • 2000-2008: Florida House of Representatives, Majority White, Majority Leader, Speaker of House
  • 2008-2010:
    • Visiting Professor at Florida International University Metropolitan Center[6]
    • Florida Chairman of GOPAC[6]
    • Political Analyst for Univision for 2008 Cycle[6]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Rubio serves on the following Senate committees[7]:



Gang of Eight

Rubio is a member of the group of senators deemed the "Gang of Eight." This term is used to reference eight of the most influential Senators on immigration reform and includes four senators from each party.[5] The group calls for comprehensive and bipartisan immigration legislation that includes their "four basic pillars":

  • 1. A “tough but fair path to citizenship . . . .contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country as required”;
  • 2. Reform our legal immigration system with a greater eye toward our economic needs;
  • 3. Workplace verification; and
  • 4. Setting up a system for admitting future workers (although the term “guest worker” is not used).[8]

Political positions

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Marco Rubio endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [9]

Gang of Eight

See also: Gang of Eight

Members of the Senate in early May 2013 started targeting as many as two dozen Republicans for a show-of-force majority, which they believe may be the only way an immigation reform bill will have the momentum to force the U.S. House to act.[10] Proponents of immigration reform are looking for votes beyond the usual moderate senators to ones in conservative strongholds such as Utah, Georgia and Wyoming, and targets because they are retiring, representing agricultural states, anxious to get the issue behind the party, important to persuading skittish U.S. House Republicans, or all of the above.[10]

Rubio has been at the forefront of the immigration issue pressing the Judiciary Committee, set to review the bill, to strengthen the border security requirements.[10]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Rubio voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of five Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[11]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists were critical of President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[12][13][14]

Rubio was one of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[15][16]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[17][18]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[19]



On November 2, 2010, Rubio won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Kendrick B. Meek (D), Alexander Andrew Snitker (L), Bernie DeCastro (I), Charlie Crist (I), Sue Askeland (I), Rick Tyler (I), Lewis Jerome Armstrong (I), Bobbie Bean (I), Bruce Ray Riggs (I), Piotr Blass (I), Richard Lock (I), Belinda Gail Quarterman-Noah (I), Geroge Drake (I), Robert Monroe (I), Howard Knepper (I), and Carol Ann Joyce LaRose (I) in the general election.[20]

U.S. Senate, Florida General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarco Rubio 48.9% 2,645,743
     Democratic Kendrick B. Meek 20.2% 1,092,936
     Libertarian Alexander Andrew Snitker 0.5% 24,850
     Constitution Party of Florida Bernie DeCastra 0.1% 4,792
     Independent Charlie Crist 29.7% 1,607,549
     Independent Sue Askeland 0.3% 15,340
     Independent Rick Tyler 0.1% 7,397
     Independent Lewis Jerome Armstrong 0.1% 4,443
     Independent Bobbie Bean 0.1% 4,301
     Independent Bruce Ray Riggs 0.1% 3,647
     Independent Piotr Blass 0% 47
     Independent Richard Lock 0% 18
     Independent Belinda Gail Quarterman-Noah 0% 18
     Independent George Drake 0% 13
     Independent Robert Monroe 0% 6
     Independent Howard Knepper 0% 4
     Independent Carol Ann Joyce LaRosa 0% 2
Total Votes 5,411,106

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rubio is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Rubio raised a total of $21,741,330 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[21]

Marco Rubio's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (Florida) Won $21,741,330
Grand Total Raised $21,741,330


Breakdown of the source of Rubio's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Rubio won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Rubio's campaign committee raised a total of $21,741,330 and spent $21,638,315.[22]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rubio is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 20, 2013.[23]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Rubio missed 32 of 578 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 5.5%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.[24]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rubio paid his congressional staff a total of $2,245,565 in 2011. He ranks 17th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 23rd overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 2nd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[25]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Rubio's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$372,986 and $281,998. That averages to -$45,494, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased by 111.99% from 2010.[26]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Rubio's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-75,987 and $834,998. That averages to $379,505.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[27]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Rubio ranked 17th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[28]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Rubio ranked 13th in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.[29]

Voting with party


Marco Rubio voted with the Republican Party 84.4% of the time, which ranked 38th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[30]

Recent news

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Rubio and his wife, Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio, have been married since 1998. They are the parents of four children: Amanda, Daniella, Anthony, and Dominick. They currently live in West Miami, just four blocks from the home his parents moved the family to in 1985.[31]

See also

External links


  1. Florida House of Representatives-Marco Rubio "Biographical Information" Accessed October 13, 2011
  2. Boston.com, "Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as running mate," August 11, 2012
  3. USA Today, "Romney's VP pick likely to go to safest candidate," July 14, 2012
  4. San Francisco Chronicle "20 Latino political rising stars of 2012 (with PHOTO GALLERY)," August 25, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 ABC News "Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?" Accessed May 7, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Marco Rubio-United States Senator for Florida "Biography-About Marco" Accessed October 13, 2011
  7. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  8. Washington Post "Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating" Accessed May 7, 2013
  9. Mercury News, "Rubio endorses Romney, says GOP primary should end," March 28, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Politico "Gang of Eight plots path to Senate supermajority" Accessed May 7, 2013
  11. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  12. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  13. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  14. ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  15. The Blaze, "Here Are All the GOP Senators That Participated in Rand Paul’s 12+ Hour Filibuster… and the Ones Who Didn’t," March 7, 2013
  16. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
  17. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
  18. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  19. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  21. Open Secrets "Marco Rubio" Accessed April 3, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Marco Rubio 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011
  23. Gov Track "Marco Rubio," Accessed June 20, 2013
  24. GovTrack, "Marco Rubio," Accessed March 29, 2013
  25. LegiStorm "Marco Rubio"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Rubio, (R-Fla), 2011"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Rubio, (R-FL), 2010"
  28. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  31. Marco Rubio-U.S. Senator for Florida "Biography--About Marco" Accessed October 13, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
George S. LeMieux (R)
U.S. Senate - Florida
Succeeded by