Presidential Election 2016
Candidates Republicans - Marco Rubio
Antonio Rubio (born May 28, 1971) is the junior United States Senator from
Florida, serving since January 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he
previously served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
A Cuban American native of Miami, Florida, Rubio is a graduate of the
University of Florida and the University of Miami Law School. In the late
1990s, he served as a City Commissioner for West Miami and was elected to
the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, representing the 111th House
district. He was elected Speaker in November 2006.
Rubio announced a run for U.S. Senate in May 2009 after incumbent Republican
Mel Martinez resigned. Initially trailing by double-digits against the
incumbent Republican Governor Charlie Crist, Rubio eventually surpassed him
in polling for the Republican nomination. Rubio won the Republican
nomination after Crist opted instead to run with no party affiliation. In a
three-way split against Crist and Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek, Rubio
won the general election in November 2010 with 48.9 percent of the vote. He
is one of three Latinos in the Senate.
In June 2012 it was reported that the Republican Presidential candidate of
that year, Mitt Romney, was vetting Rubio as a possible running mate, but
Romney ultimately selected Paul Ryan.