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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00030612&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Marco Rubio 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 7, 2011]</ref>
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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, FL) 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, FL, and Las Vegas, NV. 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, FL.
  • 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]:


Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10][11]

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.[12]

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.[12] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). Rubio was one of the five Republicans who opposed the authorization.[13]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png 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.[14]


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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17][18] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[18] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[19] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, 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.[17][18]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png 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 funded 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.[20] 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.[21]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Nay3.png 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.[14]s


Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png 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.[14]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Nay3.png 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.[14]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png 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 an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]


On The Issues Vote Match

Marco Rubio's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Rubio is a Hard-Core Conservative. Rubio received a score of 14 percent on social issues and 79 percent on economic issues.[23]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[24]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Neutral Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favor
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Favors
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[23] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

After he remained silent on the issue as members of his party split on how to address what appeared to have been the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, Rubio released a press statement on August 28, 2013.[25]

“Military action, taken simply to save face, is not a wise use of force. 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. 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,” Rubio said.[25]

Rubio’s position was in stark contrast to two top Senate RepublicansTed Cruz and Rand Paul.[25] 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.”[25] Paul co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to prevent the Obama administration from arming Syrian rebels.[25]

Unlike Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, neither of whom believed that military action was necessary in Syria, Rubio argued what happened in Syria was “vital” to the national security interest of the United States.[26]

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.[27][28][29]

Rubio was one of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[30][31]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[32][33]

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."[34]


Secure border

“The only way we're going to ever make progress on this issue is to first deal with illegal immigration, secure the border, win people's confidence that in a reality this problem is under control,” Rubio said on August 10, 2014.[35]

Chief of staff

Rubio announced on April 11, 2014, that his longtime chief of staff Cesar Conda was leaving his post to take a position with Rubio’s PAC, Reclaim America.[36]

Dial back immigration reform effort

A spokesperson for Rubio announced on October 28, 2013, that called on Congress to "dial back the effort" for immigration reform and instead focus on making incremental changes. Rubio's spokesperson also added that Rubio felt that the support was not there for a comprehensive overhaul and that Congress should act where there is consensus.[37]

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.[38]

“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.[38]

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).[39]

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.[40] 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.[40]

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.[40]


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.”[41]

“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.[41]

Obamacare ad buy

Rubio sent a letter on September 3, 2013, to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that asked why the agency spent at least $8.7 million to promote the Affordable Care Act through television ads.[42][43]

“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. 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,” he wrote.

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.[43]

Petition to defund Obamacare

See also: Campaign for Liberty #Issues

Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio agreed on defunding President Barack Obama’s health care law in August 2013 and both of the senators gathered petitions to defund the law.[44]

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.[45] 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 the cost of college as debt.[45]


Obama impeachment

On June 4, 2014, Rubio responded to the calls for impeachment of President Obama following the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.[46]

“Well, I’m not, at this point, calling for impeachment. The president has two years left in his term. We hope they pass quickly, that he will — that we can somehow have a majority here in the Senate so we can limit the amount of damage he’s doing to our economy and our national security.”[46]

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.[47]

Presidential rumblings

See also: Possible 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates


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.[48]

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.[48]

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.[49]

“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. 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," Rubio said.[49]

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.[50]

He said, "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."[50]

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. [51]


2016 Presidency

See also: Possible 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates

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."[52] Sixteen senators have been elected to the presidency, including President Barack Obama.[53]

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
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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. 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.[54]

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.[55]

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


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.[56]


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.[57]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

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.[58] Between 2009 and 2012, Rubio's starting negative calculated net worth[59] increased. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[60]

Marco Rubio Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:N/A
Average annual growth:N/A
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[61]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


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 July 22, 2014. This was the same rating Rubio received in June 2013.[62]

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.[63]

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 70 of 1,010 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 6.9 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0 percent among currently serving senators as of July 2014.[64]

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 ranked 17th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 23rd overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranked 2nd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[65]

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 2013.[66]


Rubio ranked 17th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[67]


Rubio ranked 13th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[68]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Rubio voted with the Republican Party 79.2 percent of the time, which ranked 42nd among the 45 Senate Republican members as of July 2014.[69]


Rubio voted with the Republican Party 84.4 percent of the time, which ranked 38th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[70]


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.[71]

2013 worst year

Rubio was named by The Hill as a member of Congress who had one of the worst years in 2013.[72]

Recent news

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See also

External links


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  22. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
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  24. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
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  32. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
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  60. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  61. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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George S. LeMieux (R)
U.S. Senate - Florida
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