Marco Rubio is the senior senator from the state of Florida, and, when he was sworn into office in 2010, he was one of only two Latino senators in that chamber of Congress. Bob Mendendez (D-NJ) was the other Latino senator. Rubio has also served in the Florida state House of Representatives, where he was the Speaker of the House. Rubio is a Republican who has garnered support from the Tea Party movement in the past. He also threw his had in the presidential campaign ring in 2016, among more than two dozen other candidates. Rubio has served on numerous committees in the Senate, including the Small Business Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee. Rubio is a frequent guest on many Fox News Channel programs.
|Celebrated Name:||Marco Rubio|
|Real Name/Full Name:||Marco Antonio Rubio|
|Birthdate:||May 28, 1971|
|Height:||5 ft. 9 in.|
|Wife/Spouse||Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio|
|Children/Kids:||Two Daughters: Daniella and Amanda; Two Sons: Dominick and Anthony|
|Is Marco Rubio Gay?||No|
|Highest Political Office:||United States Senator|
|Profession:||Politician, adjunct professor|
|Colleges Attended:||Tarkio College, Santa Fe Community College, University of Florida, University of Miami School of Law|
|Degrees:||Bachelor of Arts (Political Science); University of Miami (Juris Doctor).|
|Net Worth in 2022:||$400,000|
Biography: Early Life and Family
Marco Rubio was born in Miami, Florida on May 28, 1971. Rubio’s family had roots in Cuba, and neither of Rubio’s parents were American citizens when he was born in 1971. However, his parents, Mario and Oriales Rubio, would become naturalized citizens of the United States by 1975.
Rubio is the third child in his family, and he was the second son of his parents. Mario, Marco’s older brother, works for current Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL). Rubio has two sisters: Barbara and Veronica.
Oriales Garcia Rubio’s father, Pedro, came to the United States in 1956 as a legal immigrant. However he went back to Cuba looking for work only three years later. However, as Castro took over and living conditions deteriorated in the late 50s and early 60s, Pedro Garcia decided to return to America. Garcia was found to have no visa, and he was scheduled to be deported. However, later that same day, officials from the immigration department decided to reverse their original decision. Pedro was given a status which allowed him to remain in the United States legally.
Rubio has shared the story of his grandfather often, and he has publicly shared just how close he was with this particular grandfather. However, Rubio’s critics often say that Rubio has distorted his facts, stating that Garcia left Cuba when Batista was in power. A quick Google search reveals that Batista was no longer in power in Cuba in 1962, but rather Torrado was the “president” of the nation. Torrado was a member of the Communist Party. Torrado is listed as a aide of Fidel Castro.
Marco Rubio initially enrolled at Tarkio College in Missouri after graduating from South Miami Senior High School. Rubio was on a football scholarship, but he only attended Tarkio for one year.
When Rubio came back to his native Florida, he enrolled at a two-year college now named Santa Fe College. Although Rubio likely earned an Associate’s Degree from this college, information does not confirm this. He did transfer to the University of Florida, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1993.
He would then enroll at the University of Miami’s School of Law. He would receive a Juris Doctor from this institution in 1996. At this graduate school, Rubio earned cum laude honors.
Rubio married his wife, Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio, in 1998. Jeanette worked as a bank teller, and she was also a member of the Miami Dolphins cheerleader squad.
The Rubio family is Catholic; they attend the Church of the Little Flower in Coral Gables, Florida. This church is also the location where the Rubios were married.
Marco and Jeanette have four children: Anthony, Daniella, Amanda, and Dominick. At present, Rubio and his family live in West Miami, Florida.
Age, Height, and Weight
Marco Rubio is 50 years old. He is 5′ 9″ in height, and he weighs about 154 lbs.
Marco Rubio is said to have a net worth of about $400,000. He has served in the Florida state legislature as well as in the United States Senate.
As recently as 2018, OpenSecrets.org listed Rubio as having a negative net worth. However Rubio’s current net worth is estimated at $400,000, based on the latest financial disclosures.
Rubio had some $100,000 in student loans, but Rubio paid those in full in 2012.
Career Outside of Politics
Rubio’s career has been spent chiefly in politics; however, after he left the Florida House of Representatives in 2008, Rubio accepted a fellowship at Florida International University. As a part of the fellowship, he was an adjunct professor. In 2011, Rubio rejoined Florida International University in the same position. Rubio typically teaches classes related to Florida state politics as well as legislative politics and political parties. Rubio teaches inside the Department of Politics and International Relations.
When Rubio was appointed a fellow at FIU, some controversy arose because the Florida legislation has only recently cut a great deal of jobs at the university due to funding issues. However, Rubio agreed to take the position only if he could raise funding for his position from private donors.
Because the Florida legislative body only meets for sixty days each year, Rubio also worked in a law firm. His first job was with a law firm which specialized in legality in land use. Then, in 2014, he took a job with a Miami firm, Broad and Cassel.
Career in Politics
Rubio was a city commissioner for West Miami in 1998. He had only been out of law school for two years at that time. Within another two years, Rubio would be in the Florida House of Representatives.
Rubio decided to run for a representative seat in Florida’s state legislature in late 1999 when the current legislator decided to step down. He won a run-off election by 64 votes in order to win the Republican primary, but he would handily defeat his Democratic opponent in the special election.
Rubio would spend nine years and four terms in the Florida state House of Representatives. He was a Speaker of the House in this legislative body.
In 2009, Rubio announced that he would run for a Senate seat that would soon be vacated by Mel Martinez. Martinez abruptly decided not to run for re-election, and he resigned not long after making the announcement about re-election.
Rubio was in a bit of a battle with former Florida governor Charlie Crist. Rubio and Crist had sparred legally regarding climate change and other issues. Rubio would eventually surpass Crist in poll numbers, and then, Rubio received Tea Party support at a time when the country was highly motivated to elect more truly conservative Republicans.
Rubio would win the general election by forty-nine percent. Because Charlie Crist decided to run for the seat without party affiliation (although he had always run as a Republican), he only received 30 percent of the vote. The Democratic challenger received twenty.
In 2015, Rubio announced that he would seek to run for the presidency in 2016 – a highly controversial election that would see nearly two dozen candidates for the Republican nomination. However, Rubio would decide by March 2016 to “suspend” his presidential campaign, and, within nine days, Rubio would announce that he had decided to run for his Senate seat once more.
Rubio is known for taking very conservative political stances, including fiscal responsibilty. He defended the American embargo against Cuba in 2011, and he was able to persuade the State Department to withdraw the nomination of a Jonathan Farrar, whom Rubio believed was too “soft” on Cuba.
Marco Rubio prevented former First Lady, Nancy Reagan, from falling and potentially injuring herself when he visited the Reagan Library in 2011.
Rubio supported a 2011 military mission in Libya against Muammar Gaddafi. Independent Joe Lieberman would join Rubio in writing a column in the Wall Street Journal urging the passage of legislation that would authorize the president’s decision to be a part of an allied mission into the African nation.
Once Gaddafi was taken out of power, Rubio lobbied for more military presence in Libya so that militias with weapons could not fill the power gap in the mean time.
Rubio co-authored the AGREE Act with Democrat Chris Coons, which would have offered tax credits for businesses which invested in research and development and gave a credit to veterans looking to establish a business.
Rubio was also a part of the 2013 “Gang of Eight” senators who worked to craft legislation to reform immigration. Unfortunately, the bill never moved past the Senate.