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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$559,509
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]:



Obama and Castro handshake

Rubio criticized President Obama on December 10, 2013, after the president shook hands with Cuban leader Raul Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.[8]

“If the president was going to shake his hand, he should have asked him about those basic freedoms Mandela was associated with that are denied in Cuba,” Rubio said.[8]

“It remains clear that Cuba is the same totalitarian state today that it has been for decades,” Rubio said. “This totalitarian state continues to have close ties to terrorist organizations.”[8]

Janet Yellen nomination

Rubio said on November 21, 2013, that he opposed Janet Yellen’s nomination to be the next head of the Federal Reserve, saying her expansive views on monetary policy risk creating asset bubbles.[9]

Rubio’s decision lined him up with potential tea party-influenced rivals for the 2016 presidential nomination, including Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.[9]

“Altogether, she has championed policies that have diminished people’s purchasing power by weakening the dollar, made long-term savings less attractive by diminishing returns on this important behavior and put the U.S. economy at increased risk of higher inflation and another future boom-bust,” Rubio said in a statement.[9]

Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[10] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Rubio's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

National security

Committee vote on Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Nay3.png On September 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved an authorization for President Obama to use limited force against Syria.[12][13]

The vote came after a three-hour briefing with top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.[14]

Of the nine Democratic members and eight Republican members that make up the committee, seven Democrats and three Republicans voted in favor, while five Republicans and two Democrats opposed the authorization.[14] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). Rubio was one of the five Republicans who opposed the authorization.[15]

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement 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.[16]

“Military action, taken simply to save face, is not a wise use of force,” Rubio wrote.[16]

“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.”[16]

Rubio’s position stands in stark contrast to the two Senate RepublicansTed Cruz and Rand Paul.[16] 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.”[16] Paul co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to prevent the Obama administration from arming Syrian rebels.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

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.[18]

“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.”[18]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Rubio voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[19]

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.[20][21][22]

Rubio was one of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[23][24]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[25][26]

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."[27]


Farm bill

Nay3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[28] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[29] Rubio voted with 22 other Republican senators against the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[30][31] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[31] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[32] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts.

Rubio voted with 25 other Republican members against the bill.[30][31]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[33] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Rubio voted with the Republican Party against the bill.[34]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "No" Rubio voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[19]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "No" Rubio voted against the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[19] On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Rubio was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.[19]

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.

The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.


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).[35]

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.[36] 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.[36]

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.[36]

Dial back immigration reform effort

A spokesperson for Rubio announced on October 28, 2013, that he is calling on Congress to dial back the effort and instead focus on making incremental changes, saying that he now opposes a bicameral conference committee to reach a final resolution to the Senate-passed bill. Rubio's spokesperson also added that Rubio feels that the support is not there for a comprehensive overhaul and that Congress should act where there is consensus.[37]

"The point is that at this time, the only approach that has a realistic chance of success is to focus on those aspects of reform on which there is consensus through a series of individual bills," Alex Conant, a spokesperson for Rubio said in an email. "Otherwise, this latest effort to make progress on immigration will meet the same fate as previous efforts: failure."[37]

Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" Rubio voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[19]


No bail out for Obamacare

On November 19, 2013, Rubio announced plans for legislation to eliminate what he warns is the possibility of a federal “bail out” of Obamacare, adding that the health care law is “snowballing into a full-scale disaster.”[38]

Rubio is specifically targeting a provision of the law that allows the government to pay insurance companies for higher-than-expected costs. It has come under scrutiny after President Barack Obama announced that insurance companies would be able to continue to offer canceled health plans and the “risk corridors” provision might be used to help that.[38]

“When ObamaCare was debated and passed in 2009 and 2010, none of its proponents, including the president, told the American people that the law granted the federal government the authority to bail out insurance companies at the expense of taxpayers. But now their dirty little secret is out, and it should be wiped out from the law,” Rubio wrote on November 18, 2013.[38]

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.[39][40]

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.[40]

“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.[40]

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.[40]

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.[41]

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.[41] However, the Campaign for Liberty and Rubio stressed similar lines of attack against Obama’s health care law.[41]

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.[41] Rubio insisted, when Congress returns to Washington in September, it will be the “last chance” to stop Obama’s health care law.[41]

“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.[41]

“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.”[41]

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 September, 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.”[41]

Reclaim America, a PAC affiliated with Rubio, will also be running its own petitions to defund the law.[41]

Social Issues

Education reform

On February 10, 2014, Rubio unveiled a series of education reform proposals. Three of those education reform proposals aimed to reduce the cost of college and graduate school.[42] One of the proposals called for private investment groups to pay for tuition in exchange for a percentage of future earnings. It would not replace federally subsidized student loans, but would instead provide an alternative to students who do not want to take on tens of thousands of dollars in debts.[42]

It was Rubio’s second major policy speech of 2014, and took place a month after he laid out a conservative vision for combating poverty.[42]

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "No" Rubio voted against S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[19]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[43]

Presidential rumblings

See also: Possible 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates

September 2013 NYC event

Six of the Republican Party’s leaders and potential 2016 nominees headlined 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 hosted the event September 23, 2013.[44] It will be held at Johnson’s home.[44]

It was 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.”[44]

It represented 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.[44]


Mitch McConnell

See also: United States Senate elections in Kentucky, 2014

Rubio announced on October 20, 2013, his endorsement for McConnell over Matt Bevin, his tea party challenger.[45]

When asked if he supports Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell he answered, "I do support Sen. McConnell's bid for re-election. I think he's trying to lead our conference. It's a diverse conference with a lot of different opinions. That's a tough job to begin with. And of course, he's got to represent his own state."[45] While Rubio was associated with tea party groups during his 2010 Senate run, he has become more associated with establishment Republicans in recent years.[45]

Tom Cotton

See also: United States Senate elections in Arkansas, 2014

Rubio announced on September 17, 2013, his endorsement of Tom Cotton, who is challenging incumbent Mark Pryor in the Senate race in Arkansas.[46]

“Once elected, we can be confident that Tom will be another conservative friend in Washington who will ensure that our children and grandchildren inherit an exceptional America from this generation,” Rubio wrote in an email from his leadership PAC. “He won’t stand down when it comes to repealing ObamaCare, fighting to lower our runaway debt, and turning back the tide of big government that has taken over Washington in recent years.”[46]

The endorsements from Rubio comes despite Cotton's stance as an outspoken critic of the Gang of Eight immigration bill for which Rubio was a part.[46] Cotton had outlined his criticism of the bill in a July 10, 2013, Wall Street Journal op-ed, citing its “irreparably flawed structure, which is best described as: legalization first, enforcement later . . . maybe.”[46] Cotton has pledged to make his opposition to the “amenesty legislation” a “central issue” in his campaign against Pryor, who voted for the bill, along with every other Senate Democrat.[46]

Ken Cuccinelli

Fundraising luncheon
See also: Virginia gubernatorial election, 2013

Rubio was featured as a “special guest” at a September 16, 2013, fundraising luncheon for Ken Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial bid in Virginia.[47]

The September 2013 fundraiser also offered a business roundtable and an opportunity for photos for the more generous donors, where contributions to attend the event range from $50 to $25,000.[47]

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. [48]


2016 Presidency

See also: Possible 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates

Previously, in May 2014, when ABC reporter Jonathan Karl asked Rubio if he thought he was ready to be president, Rubio said, “I do … but I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run … I mean, I’ll be 43 this month, but the other thing that perhaps people don’t realize, I’ve served now in public office for the better part of 14 years. Most importantly, I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there and I think we’re very blessed in our party to have a number of people that fit that criteria."[49] Sixteen senators have been elected to the presidency, including President Barack Obama.[50]

2016 Senate


Hypothetical general election match-up
Poll Marco Rubio (R) Alex Sink (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
September 27-29, 2013
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Hypothetical general election match-up
Poll Marco Rubio (R) Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
September 27-29, 2013
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


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.[51]

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.[52]

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.[53] 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.[53]

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.[53]

The fundraiser will go toward Rubio’s Victory Committee, a joint fundraising committee composed of Marco Rubio for Senate and Reclaim America PAC.[53]

Lobbyist contributions

In an analysis by Open Secrets of the Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013, Rubio was 1 of 115 members of Congress who did not report any contributions from lobbyists in 2013 as of July 3, 2013.[54]


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.[55]


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.[56]

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.[57]

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 January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.5%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.[58]

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.[59]

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 2012 was estimated between $259,019 and $860,000. That averages to $559,509.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Rubio ranked as the 79th most wealthy senator in 2012.[60]

Marco Rubio Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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.[61]


Rubio ranked 13th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[62]

Voting with party


Rubio voted with the Republican Party 84.4% of the time, which ranked 38th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[63]


Rubio and his wife, Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio, have been married since 1998. They are the parents of four children. They live in West Miami, just four blocks from the home his parents moved the family to in 1985.[64]

2013 worst year

Rubio was named by The Hill as a member of Congress who had one of the worst years in 2013.[65]

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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 The Hill, "Rubio slams Obama handshake with Castro," accessed December 11, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Politico, "Marco Rubio to vote against Janet Yellen," accessed November 21, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  12. Politico, "Senate panel approves Syria measure," accessed September 5, 2013
  13. USA Today, "Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution," accessed September 5, 2013
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  15. Politico, "How Senate Foreign Relations Committee members voted on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 Miami Herald, "Sen. Marco Rubio breaks deafening silence on Syria," accessed August 29, 2013
  17. Politico, "Libertarians, liberals unite against Syria strike," accessed September 4, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Politico, "Marco Rubio shifts direction on Syria," accessed September 4, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 Project Votesmart, "Richard Rubio Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  21. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  22. ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  23. 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
  24. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
  25. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
  26. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  27. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  28. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013)," accessed February 12, 2014
  29. New York Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  30. 30.0 30.1 Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
  32. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  33. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  34. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  35. Washington Post "Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating" Accessed May 7, 2013
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 Politico "Gang of Eight plots path to Senate supermajority" Accessed May 7, 2013
  37. 37.0 37.1 Talking Points Memo, "Marco Rubio: Time To Scale Back Immigration Reform," accessed October 29, 2013
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Politico, "Marco Rubio: Stop Obamacare ‘bailout'," accessed November 19, 2013
  39. Office of Marco Rubio, "Letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius," accessed September 4, 2013
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 Washington Post, "Rubio questions administration’s $8.7 million ‘Obamacare’ ad buy," accessed September 4, 2013
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 41.4 41.5 41.6 41.7 41.8 Sunshine State News, "Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ron Paul Join Forces to Defeat Obamacare," accessed August 26, 2013
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 The Hill, "Rubio's new plank for possible '16 platform," accessed February 11, 2014
  43. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 Politico, "GOP 2016 hopefuls slated for NYC event," accessed August 28, 2013
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 Politico, "Rubio backs McConnell," accessed October 21, 2013
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 46.4 National Review, "Gang of Eight Critic Tom Cotton Wins Rubio Endorsement," accessed September 18, 2013
  47. 47.0 47.1 Politico, "Marco Rubio to Ken Cuccinelli fundraiser," accessed September 5, 2013
  48. Mercury News, "Rubio endorses Romney, says GOP primary should end," March 28, 2012
  49. ABC News, "Sen. Marco Rubio: Yes, I’m Ready to be President," May 11, 2014
  50. United States Senate, "Senators Who Became President," accessed October 16, 2013
  51. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  52. Open Secrets "Marco Rubio" Accessed April 3, 2013
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 53.3 Politico, "Marco Rubio to raise D.C. cash," accessed August 28, 2013
  54. Open Secrets "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013" Accessed July 3, 2013
  55. Open Secrets "Marco Rubio 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011
  56. Gov Track "Marco Rubio," Accessed June 20, 2013
  57. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jo Rubio," Accessed August 2, 2013
  58. GovTrack, "Marco Rubio," Accessed March 29, 2013
  59. LegiStorm "Marco Rubio"
  60. OpenSecrets.org, "Marco Rubio (R-FL), 2012"
  61. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  62. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  63. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  64. Marco Rubio-U.S. Senator for Florida "Biography--About Marco" Accessed October 13, 2011
  65. The Hill, "Best, worst years in Washington," accessed January 13, 2014
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George S. LeMieux (R)
U.S. Senate - Florida
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