Thursday, February 18, 2010


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Rubio was born in Miami, Florida, the son of exiles from Cuba. He is a Roman Catholic and is fluent in Spanish. His father was a bartender and his mother was a maid. Rubio lived in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1979 to 1985, though his family returned to Miami in the summer of 1985. 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 before enrolling at Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida. He received his B.S. from the University of Florida in 1993 and his J.D. Cum Laude from the University of Miami in 1996. While studying law, he interned for Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

On May 5, 2009, Rubio announced on his website that he planned to run for the United States Senate in 2010 for the Republican seat being vacated by Mel Martinez. Prior to the announcement, he had been meeting with fundraisers and supporters throughout the state. Rubio is considered a front-runner for the Republican nomination according to recent aggregate polling.

Rubio is married to Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio, a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader (1997) of Colombian descent, and they have four children together: Amanda, Daniella, Anthony, and Dominick. Rubio and his family live in West Miami, Florida.

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