Marco Rubio is the junior senator from Florida. He officially announced his candidacy on April 13, 2015.
Marco 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 (2007–2009).
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, along with Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Ted Cruz of Texas.
On April 13, 2015, Rubio announced his candidacy for president in 2016.
This section was shamelessly lifted from Marco Rubio’s Wikipedia article
“I honestly believe that the country is at a moment in its history where the choices it makes over the next four to six years is going to determine the identity of our nation moving forward and the choice us before is: Will it remain a special country?”
In brief, Marco Rubio is one of the most establishment candidates out of the big three GOP senators.
Florida’s junior senator hopes to gain momentum early on and carry it to the GOP presidential primary debates that begin this summer. In 2008, a young upstart from Illinois, Barack Obama, derailed the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner with establishment ties and nearly global name recognition.
Marco Rubio went to virtually unprecedented lengths to sell an unlikely crowd on his version of immigration reform. Rubio, the U.S. senator from Florida who announced on Monday that he will run for president in 2016, did Rush Limbaugh. He did Sean Hannity. He checked all the conservative boxes.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Monday that he had a stronger record on immigration than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D). “Well, I don’t know about the others, but I’ve done more immigration than Hillary Clinton ever did,” Rubio, who announced Monday that he is running for president, told NPR News.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida either becomes the Barack Obama of the Republican Party or he winds up with nothing. Marco Rubio has long been a risk-taker. Before he was the junior senator from Florida, Mr. Rubio was the former speaker of the Florida House, thinking he was out of politics for good.
In the winter of 2010, conservative firebrand Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., turned an upstart U.S. Senate candidate from Florida into the face of the tea party effort to bring more hardline conservatives into the Republican Party and Congress.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a Tea Party favorite who gave a phenomenal victory speech on Election Night 2010, is officially running for president. From USA Today: “I honestly believe that the country is at a moment in its history where the choices it makes over the next four to six years is going to determine the identity of our nation moving forward and the choice us before is: Will it remain a special country?”