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Senator of Florida Marco Rubio at NH FITN January 23rd 2016 by Michael Vadon | by Michael Vadon
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Senator of Florida Marco Rubio at NH FITN January 23rd 2016 by Michael Vadon

Marco Antonio Rubio (born May 28, 1971) is the junior United States Senator from the state of Florida, serving since January 2011, and is a candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 election. He previously served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

 

Rubio is a Cuban American native of Miami. He graduated from the University of Florida and the University of Miami School of Law. 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.

 

Later in 2000, Rubio was promoted to be one of two majority whips, and in 2002 was appointed House Majority Leader by Speaker Johnnie Byrd. He was elected Speaker of the Florida House in September 2005, and served as Speaker for two years. Upon leaving the Florida legislature in 2008, Rubio started a new law firm, and also began teaching at Florida International University, where he continues as an adjunct professor.

 

Rubio ran for United States Senate in 2010, and won that election. In the U.S. Senate, he chairs the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, as well as the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women's Issues. He is one of three Latino Americans serving in the Senate. On April 13, 2015, Rubio announced that he would forgo seeking reelection to the Senate to run for President, and he is currently seeking the Republican nomination in the 2016 primaries.

 

Photos taken on January 23rd 2016 at First In The Nation Townhall, New Hampshire Republican Committee, Radisson Hotel, 11 Tara Blvd, Nashua, NH 03602

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Taken on January 23, 2016