Biography: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
When Marco Rubio was first elected to the United States Senate in 2010, he set one objective for himself while in office: to help bring the American Dream back into reach of those who feel it is slipping away. That’s the goal line Senator Rubio strives toward with each new legislative effort, and it’s the measure he uses to keep score.
Senator Rubio is passionate about the American Dream because he’s lived it himself. His parents came to America from Cuba in 1956 and earned their way to the middle class by working humble jobs. Through their loving and powerful example, he learned the importance of work and family, and came to realize that all things are possible in America. Now more than three years into his second term, he continues that important work to make the American Dream achievable for all.
Senator Rubio is a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, where he has advocated modernizing and reforming the federal government’s programs to help small businesses thrive in the 21st-century economy. As former Chairman of this Committee, Rubio authored the historic Paycheck Protection Program, which has been a lifeline to millions of small businesses and Americans workers as they battle the economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issue, Senator Rubio continues to fight for human rights and to uphold democracy around the globe.
Senator Rubio is also Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he provides oversight over the U.S. government’s Intelligence Community and national security apparatus.
Additionally, Senator Rubio is a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee,
which is responsible for allocating funding for the federal government.
Senator Rubio has spent most of his life in West Miami and he still lives there today with his wife Jeanette and their four children.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was born in Miami, Florida, one of four children of Cuban immigrants who came to America in 1956. Both of his parents earned their way to the middle class by working humble jobs, his father as a bartender in hotels and his mother as a maid, cashier, and stock clerk. Thanks to their powerful and loving example, Senator Rubio learned the importance of family and hard work and came to realize that all things are possible in America. He believes in the American Dream because he’s lived it.
Senator Rubio has spent most of his life in West Miami, and he lives there today with his wife Jeanette and their four children. One of the many reasons he loves living in Florida and representing its people is the diverse backgrounds and stories of those in his community. Some have achieved great success in America, others are just starting out, and many more are midway in pursuit of their dreams. There are homes led by heroic single parents or grandparents, homes with two hard-working parents, and homes with multiple generations living together. For as far back as he can remember, Senator Rubio’s neighbors have helped shape his impression of the American Dream, and they continue to do so.
It wasn’t long after Senator Rubio earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in 1993 and a juris doctor from the University of Miami Law School in 1996 that he felt drawn to serve his community in public office. Senator Rubio started out as a City Commissioner for West Miami before his election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000. Around this time, he authored 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future, a book based on conversations he had with Floridians at "idearaisers" that he and his colleagues hosted around the state. Senator Rubio became Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives in 2006, enacted many of his book’s ideas, and championed smarter, smaller government at the state level.
After seeing the impact of his work in state government, Senator Rubio wanted to take his ideas for conservative reform to where they were needed the most: Washington, D.C. When he launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2009, the political class predicted that he would lose big to his better-funded and better-known Republican primary opponent. But with a come-from-behind victory, the people of Florida elected Senator Rubio in both the primary and general elections, trusting in his vision for America’s future.
When he arrived in the Senate in January 2011, Senator Rubio fought against the Washington establishment’s big government vision, supported replacing ObamaCare with a better health care system, and opposed bloated budgets. Today, he continues to promote common-sense policies that create good jobs and real prosperity for working Americans.
Senator Rubio currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he oversees our nation’s intelligence and national security apparatus. Senator Rubio is also a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, where he fights to further human rights and America’s interests around the globe; the powerful Appropriations Committee, which allocates funding for the federal government; and the Special Committee on Aging, dedicated to the needs of older Americans.
In addition, Senator Rubio serves on the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, where works to help small businesses thrive in the 21st century. As former Chairman of this committee, Rubio authored the historic Paycheck Protection Program, which has been a lifeline to millions of small businesses and Americans workers as they battle economic hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of Senator Rubio’s highest priorities is ensuring that he and his staff are available to help Floridians with whatever federal assistance they may need. The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) recognized Senator Rubio’s federal casework team with the 2019 Democracy Award for Excellence in Constituent Services. In 2021, the team helped nearly 20,000 Floridians with issues ranging from veterans affairs to passport services, an 18 percent increase over 2020’s load.
Of course, Senator Rubio’s highest priority is passing good laws. Washington faces unprecedented partisan division and dysfunction, but year after year, Senator Rubio has achieved real results for Florida and the country as a whole. His VA Accountability Act brought relief to America’s veterans, his expansion of the Child Tax Credit empowered working families, and his Paycheck Protection Program kept small businesses afloat amid pandemic lockdowns. More recently, Senator Rubio’s efforts cracked down on Uyghur slave labor in China and ensured generous funding for Everglades restoration projects. It’s why non-partisan analyses by GovTrack and the Center for Effective Lawmaking ranked him the Senate’s number two leader and most effective Republican.
Senator Rubio wakes up every day driven to make a difference, and he is proud to serve the people of Florida in the Senate. He knows the most important work in America today is happening in people’s homes, where parents are raising the next generation and making sacrifices so their children can have greater opportunities than they did. He also understands our laws and government’s policies can make it easier — or harder — for your family to pursue and achieve the American Dream. Senator Rubio will not stop working for you and your loved ones until American politics is once again centered on common sense and the common good.