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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]:



American response in Syria

Following days in which Rubio remained quiet as members of his party split on whether and how President Barack Obama should respond to what appears to have been the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, he released a press statement on August 28, 2013.[8]

“Military action, taken simply to save face, is not a wise use of force,” Rubio wrote.[8]

“My advice is to either lay out a comprehensive plan using all of the tools at our disposal that stands a reasonable chance of allowing the moderate opposition to remove Assad and replace him with a stable secular government,” Rubio said. “Or, at this point, simply focus our resources on helping our allies in the region protect themselves from the threat they and we will increasingly face from an unstable Syria.”[8]

Rubio’s position stands in stark contrast to the two Senate RepublicansTed Cruz and Rand Paul.[8] Cruz, one of the first Senate Republicans to oppose military action, said on August 26, 2013, “The United States armed forces doesn’t exist to be a policeman of the world. I certainly hope the reaction isn’t simply lobbing some cruise missiles in to disagree with his [Assad’s] murderous actions.”[8] Paul co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to prevent the Obama administration from arming Syrian rebels.[8]

Rubio, who initially supported intervention to take out the Bashar Assad regime, appeared poised to oppose a resolution authorizing force against Syria, according to reports in early September 2013.[9]

Unlike Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, neither of whom believe that military action is necessary in Syria, Rubio argued what happens in Syria is “vital” to the national security interest of the United States, given the Assad regime’s ties to Iran and terrorism groups. However, like Cruz and Paul, Rubio appears likely to vote against the resolution authorizing force against Syria.[10]

At a hearing on September 3, 2013, Rubio attacked the Obama administration for making a choice to “lead from behind” on Syria and tried to make the case that had the administration heeded the calls he and others made two years ago to arm the Syrian rebels, it wouldn’t be in the predicament it is in today.[10]

“What we’re seeing here now is proof and an example of when America ignores these problems, these problems don’t ignore us,” Rubio said. “We can ignore them, but eventually they grow and they come to visit us at our doorstep.”[10]

Obamacare ad buy

Rubio sent a letter on September 3, 2013, to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius questioning why the agency was spending at least $8.7 million to promote the Affordable Care Act through television ads.[11][12]

Calling it a “blatant misuse of federal dollars to promote a fundamentally flawed law,” Rubio suggested the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should abandon its plan to launch an advertising blitz about the law as the open enrollment date of October 1, 2013 approached.[12]

“Until critical questions can be answered regarding the availability and type of health insurance to be provided by ObamaCare, it is unconscionable to spend taxpayer dollars to promote and advertise ObamaCare plans that have yet to be finalized,” he wrote. “While the Administration should be abandoning this disastrous law, instead it is imprudently and blindly promoting poor policies that will harm Americans and American businesses, and misappropriating public funds in an effort to sell bad ideas to good people.”

HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters, who would not confirm the size of the ad buy, defended the administration’s decision to spend money on the issue. “Starting Oct. 1, millions of Americans will be able to access quality, affordable health coverage for the first time, and we will continue educating and informing the uninsured of this opportunity,” she wrote in an e-mail.[12]

HHS regularly runs ads at the start of Medicare enrollment in the fall, according to an agency official, and is now doing the same for the opening of state and federal insurance marketplaces. The bulk of advertising spending on Obamacare is expected to come from insurers, who plan to spend hundreds of millions in an effort to enroll new customers, as well as by opponents of the law.[12]

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).[13]

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.[14] 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.[14]

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.[14]

Petition to defund Obamacare

See also: Campaign for Liberty #Issues

Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio found agreement in defunding President Barack Obama’s health care law in August 2013 and both of the senators are gathering petitions to defund the law.[15]

The Campaign for Liberty, which is chaired by Paul’s father Ron Paul, has been sharply critical of Rubio's stances on foreign affairs and immigration reform.[15] However, the Campaign for Liberty and Rubio stressed similar lines of attack against Obama’s health care law.[15]

Rubio has been calling for defunding the health care law and he highlighted his position when responding to a constituent letter on August 21, 2013.[15] Rubio insisted, when Congress returns to Washington in September, it will be the “last chance” to stop Obama’s health care law.[15]

“Our last chance, perhaps our last best chance, to put a brake on this Obamacare disaster is in September when we take up the short-term budget," Rubio said. “And the only thing I’m saying is we should not shut down the government, we should fund the government. The only thing we shouldn’t fund as part of that budget is Obamacare. That’s all I’m saying. And I think it’s unfortunate that the president is saying, ‘Well, if you don’t fund Obamacare, I’ll shut down the government.’ That’s an unreasonable position, especially when so many of his former allies on Obamacare are now saying themselves, ‘Let’s walk away from it.’ Not conservative Republicans alone. We’re talking about prominent labor unions, like the Teamsters, who have come out and said, ‘Mr. President, Obamacare is breaking its promises.’ And he highlighted all the things that I pointed out earlier: people being moved to part-time, people losing their hours, people losing their jobs, their premiums going up. And the labor unions, the labor unions, traditional supporters of the Democrats and the president, are calling for Obamacare to be suspended or repealed.[15]

“In fact, here’s the most ironic one," Rubio continued. “The union that represents the workers at the IRS, they’re asking to be freed from Obamacare. They’re asking that Obamacare not apply to them. And the irony, these are the same workers who are in charge of enforcing Obamacare. So what they’re basically saying is they want the power, the IRS does, to enforce Obamacare, but they don’t want to have Obamacare for themselves. That’s not fair, and that’s what I’m fighting against, and I hope you understand that that’s really what I’m focused on. I am focused on the middle class. It’s the middle class, that’s the reason why I’m fighting to defund Obamacare and stop this from moving further, and I hope I can convince as many of you to join us in that effort.”[15]

Rubio sent out a message to supporters on August 24, 2013, running his own petition calling for the defunding of the health care law. “Obamacare advocates are in attack mode,” Rubio wrote in the email. “They sense that momentum is building in our push to defund Obamacare so they are funneling millions of dollars into a nationwide ‘grassroots’ campaign against us. They’ve begun by targeting my conservative colleagues and me with rallies and protests in our home states. Their goal is simple: to intimidate us into giving up our efforts to stop Obamacare. But they will not succeed. I know, and my conservative colleagues know, that with the support of thousands of other individuals just like you, when it comes time to meet them head on this Septembe, we will not only match their intensity – we will surpass it,” Rubio insisted. “Until then, they will continue to pound us with special interest money and false attacks.”[15]

Reclaim America, a PAC affiliated with Rubio, will also be running its own petitions to defund the law.[15]

September 2013 NYC event

Six of the Republican Party’s leaders and potential 2016 nominees will jointly headline a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee (RNC) in New York in September 2013.

According to an invitation that went out August 26, 2013, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Jets owner Woody Johnson will host the event September 23, 2013.[16] It will be held at Johnson’s home.[16]

It is a dinner and reception with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Senators Rubio and Rand Paul and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, as well as Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Rep. Paul Ryan, who are listed as the “special guests.”[16]

It represents a major force of star power at a single event on behalf of the party and it features some of the party’s brightest future talent, many of whom represent different wings of the GOP.[16]

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.[17][18][19]

Rubio was one of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[20][21]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[22][23]

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."[24]


Ken Cuccinelli Fundraising Luncheon

See also: Virginia gubernatorial election, 2013

Rubiowill be featured as a “special guest” at a fundraising luncheon in support of Ken Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial bid in Virginia.[25]

The fundraiser, which will also offer a business roundtable and a VIP photo opp for the more generous donors, will be held at the Marriott in Richmond, Virginia, on September 16, 2013. Contributions to attend the event range from $50 to $25,000.[25]

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. [26]

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.[27]



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.[28]

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.[29]

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


September 2013 fundraiser

Rubio is expected to raise six figures at a September 18, 2013, fundraiser at Hill Country BBQ, that has more than two dozen names on its fundraising committee.[30] The event comes as megadonors have been keeping a close eye on Rubio’s presidential prospects. He has already been aided by his leading role on immigration reform — between April and June 2013 while the proposal was on the Senate floor, Rubio raised $3 million, a 30 percent uptick from the previous quarter.[30]

The September fundraiser includes veteran big dollar raisers like Wayne Berman, Dirk Van Dongen, Brian McCormack and former Rep. Bill Paxon, who are all listed as so-called chairmen of the fundraiser. Brenda Becker, Steve Caldeira, Rob Chamberlin, Stephen Replogle, Joe Wall and Scott Weaver are also listed as chairmen.[30]

The fundraiser will go toward Rubio’s Victory Committee, a joint fundraising committee composed of Marco Rubio for Senate and Reclaim America PAC.[30]

Lobbyist contributions

In an analysis by Open Secrets of the Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013, Rubio was one of 115 members of Congress who did not report any contributions from lobbyists in 2013 as of July 3, 2013.[31]


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.[32]


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.[33]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[34]

Rubio most often votes with:

Rubio least often votes with:

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.[35]

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 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.[36]

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, 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.[37]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[38]

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.[39]


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.[40]

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.[41]

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.[42]

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. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Miami Herald, "Sen. Marco Rubio breaks deafening silence on Syria," accessed August 29, 2013
  9. Politico, "Libertarians, liberals unite against Syria strike," accessed September 4, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Politico, "Marco Rubio shifts direction on Syria," accessed September 4, 2013
  11. Office of Marco Rubio, "Letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius," accessed September 4, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Washington Post, "Rubio questions administration’s $8.7 million ‘Obamacare’ ad buy," accessed September 4, 2013
  13. Washington Post "Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating" Accessed May 7, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Politico "Gang of Eight plots path to Senate supermajority" Accessed May 7, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 15.7 15.8 Sunshine State News, "Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ron Paul Join Forces to Defeat Obamacare," accessed August 26, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Politico, "GOP 2016 hopefuls slated for NYC event," accessed August 28, 2013
  17. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  18. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  19. ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  20. 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
  21. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
  22. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
  23. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  24. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 Politico, "Marco Rubio to Ken Cuccinelli fundraiser," accessed September 5, 2013
  26. Mercury News, "Rubio endorses Romney, says GOP primary should end," March 28, 2012
  27. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Marco Rubio" Accessed April 3, 2013
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 Politico, "Marco Rubio to raise D.C. cash," accessed August 28, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013" Accessed July 3, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Marco Rubio 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011
  33. Gov Track "Marco Rubio," Accessed June 20, 2013
  34. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jo Rubio," Accessed August 2, 2013
  35. GovTrack, "Marco Rubio," Accessed March 29, 2013
  36. LegiStorm "Marco Rubio"
  37. OpenSecrets.org, "Rubio, (R-Fla), 2011"
  38. OpenSecrets.org, "Rubio, (R-FL), 2010"
  39. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  40. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  42. Marco Rubio-U.S. Senator for Florida "Biography--About Marco" Accessed October 13, 2011
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