|Address||6427 SW 8th Street |
Miami, Florida 33144, United States
|| May 28, 1971
Dec 01, 2012 02:28pm
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|Info||Marco Rubio, born May 28, 1971, in Miami, was the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives for the 2007 and 2008 Legislative sessions. He was first elected to the Florida House as a Republican on January 25th, 2000, from the 111th district. He was previously a City Commissioner from West Miami. He received his B.S. from University of Florida in 1993 and his J.D. Cum Laude from the University of Miami in 1996. |
Marco Rubio previously served as a City Commissioner for West Miami. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives for the 111th District in a special election on Jan. 25, 2000. He was subsequently re‐elected each November.
He served as Majority Whip from 2000 to 2002. During that tenure he also played a key role in Congressional and Legislative redistricting.
From 2002 to 2004, Rubio served as House Majority Leader.
In September of 2005, Rubio was nominated by the Republican Conference to be their candidate for Speaker of House. From October 2005 until April of 2006 Rubio chaired the House Select Committee on Property Rights. That committee ultimately crafted national model legislation in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Kelo decision regarding eminent domain.
In November 2006, he was elected to the Florida State House for the 2006‐2008 term.
He is best known for his book 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future. The book was compiled after Rubio traveled around the state to gather ideas from citizens. This was done through what Rubio calls "Idearaisers". Many of the issues that he pushed for as speaker came from ideas in this book.
During his tenure as Speaker, Marco Rubio promoted a conservative, smaller-government approach to legislating.
During 2007, Marco Rubio, championed a major overhaul of the Florida tax system. The plan would have eliminated all property taxes on primary residences and replaced the revenue with a flat consumption tax.
His tenure was also marked by successful efforts to create a world-class public school curriculum, passing legislation designed to address the socio-economic factors that lead to academic underperformance. Furthermore, Rubio is widely credited for blocking the expansion of gambling in Florida. In particular, Rubio successfully petitioned the Florida Supreme Court to invalidate an Indian Gaming Compact entered into by Governor Crist with the Seminole Tribe of Indians.
Rubio also led the way in passing historic energy legislation based on market incentives rather than big government mandates.
During the summer and fall of 2008, Rubio worked as Florida Chairman for GOPAC. He also served as a political analyst for Univision 23 WLTV in Miami.
Rubio is an attorney who practices law as a sole practitioner. He also works as a distinguished visiting professor for the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University.
Rubio is on the board of Alafit International, a worldwide non‐profit organization dedicated to global literacy. He also serves on the board of the Latin Builders Association.
Rubio was born in Miami, Florida. In 1979 his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. His father was a bartender at the Sams Town Hotel and his mother a maid at the Imperial Palace Hotel.
His family returned to Miami in the summer of 1985. His father worked as a bartender at the Mayfair House Hotel until his retirement in 1997. His mother worked at Kmart as a stock clerk until she retired in 1995. Rubio 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. Thereafter he enrolled in Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida.
He is married to Jeanette Dousdebes, a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, and they have four children together: Amanda, Daniella, Anthony, and Dominick. Rubio and his family live in West Miami, Florida.
Rubio is an avid football fan. He closely follows the Florida Gators and the Miami Dolphins. During his tenure as Speaker, Rubio caught passes thrown to him on the floor of the House by former Dolphin great Dan Marino, and Gator quarterback Tim Tebow.
Rubio also plays four on four flag football in a number of tournaments every year.
And he plays in a regular league run by South Florida Sports League.