Marco Rubio is a Republican U.S. senator elected in 2010 to represent Florida. He defeated Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, an independent candidate, and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, a Democratic candidate, in an unusual three-way Senate race, buoyed by tea party support and a national conservative profile.
Marco Rubio previously served in the Florida House of Representatives, including two years as House Speaker. In the leadup to his 2007-2008 term, Rubio met with Floridians to hear their concerns and needs. The resulting 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future became his legislative agenda.
Marco Rubio was born in Miami on May 28, 1971, the son of a bartender and a Kmart stock clerk, his parents both Cuban exiles. He graduated from the University of Florida and the University of Miami Law School. He and his wife, Jeanette Dousdebes-Rubio, live in West Miami with their four children.