ABOUT MARCO

 

Marco Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. His committee assignments currently include Commerce, Science and Transportation; Foreign Relations; Intelligence; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Upon his election to the Senate, Marco set himself on a focused course to serve the nation to help bring the American Dream back for all those Americans who have felt it slipping away from their reach.

 Marco’s story is a classic illustration of how the American Dream is supposed to work.   The reason he is so passionate about restoring the American Dream is 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 – his father as a bartender in hotels and his mom as a maid, cashier and retail clerk. Indeed, thanks to the love of his parents, who set the right example and instilled the right values, Marco knows what it is like to live paycheck-to-paycheck and strive to provide a better life for one’s family. Marco learned the importance of work and family early on, and developed the belief that all things are possible in America.

Marco has spent most of his life in West Miami, and lives there today with his wife Jeanette and their four children. They are passing those same values down to the next generation of Americans. Marco cherishes the incredible diversity of people living in South Florida that he counts as his neighbors. There are those in the middle class, those striving to make it there, and those fortunate enough to have climbed beyond it. There are homes led by heroic single moms, two hard working parents, and even homes with multiple generations living together, like Marco’s sister’s, which houses not only her husband and children but also his mother.

Marco’s neighbors have helped shape his impression of the American Dream, and it wasn’t long after he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his juris doctor from the University of Miami Law School that he felt drawn to serve them in public office. Marco started as a City Commissioner for West Miami before being elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, and then Speaker in November 2006. Before taking this post, he authored the book 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future, which was based on conversations he had with Floridians at "idearaisers" that he and his colleagues hosted around the state. As Speaker, he helped enact many of the ideas in this book. He was proud to be a champion for limited government at the state level, and after seeing the impact of his successes there, he 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, he was expected to lose big to his better-funded and better-known Republican primary opponent. Yet with a come-from-behind victory, the people of Florida elected Marco on the promise of bringing Conservative ideas to the United States Senate. Since arriving in Washington in January of 2011, that’s exactly what he’s done. He has fought against the Washington establishment’s big government vision for America, standing up to ObamaCare and opposing budgets that encourage more debt at the expense of job creation and lasting prosperity. Serving on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; the Committee on Foreign Relations; the Select Committee on Intelligence; and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, he’s advocated for oversight and reforms to key government functions, vital measures to keep our people safe, and whenever necessary, has served as a check against President Obama's agenda.

 But he hasn’t stopped there. Marco has also led a bold offensive to restore the American Dream through 21st Century Conservative reforms. His ideas are based on the simple truth that the American economy has changed significantly in recent decades and that our policies and institutions must change too if we are to access the possibilities of the 21st Century. You can read and view his proposals on fighting poverty, bringing affordable higher education within reach of every American, sparking economic growth, saving Social Security and Medicare, and revitalizing America’s military strength, which are all available on his U.S. Senate website.

 

 

 

 

 

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On April 13th, 2015, Marco announced he was running for President. Some of the founders of “Nominate Marco” were with him in Miami that day when he made that historic move. With the exciting possibilities of this “New American Century,” Marco can’t help but be an optimist. But to attain our potential tomorrow, there is work to be done today. That work is why he ran for office. He believes that with a smart limited government approach, Americans can come together to revive the American Dream, bring it into reach of more people than ever before, and usher in an American Century even more brilliant and prosperous than the last. 

 Marco ran a zealous and honest campaign over the past year. He “suspended” that campaign on March 15th, 2016. However, Marco is currently asking state party leaders to allow him to hold on to his delegates, leading us to believe that his story is not quite over just yet…