Marco Rubio (born May 28, 1971, Miami, Florida) was the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives for the 2007 and 2008 Legislative sessions. He was first elected to the Florida House as a Republican on January 25, 2000, from the 111th district. He was previously a City Commissioner from West Miami. He received his B.S. from 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.
Marco Rubio served as a City Commissioner for West Miami before becoming elected to the House of Representatives for the 111th District in a special election on Jan. 25, 2000. He has subsequently been re-elected each November. In November 2006, he was elected Speaker of the Florida State House for the 2006-2008 term.
Marco rose to one of the most powerful political posts in Florida at a young age, becoming one of the highest-ranking Cuban-Americans in the state. Being Speaker of the House puts him in position to single-handedly stop any piece of proposed legislation,as well as turning an agenda into law. A Republican, Marco Rubio champions a conservative, smaller-government approach to government in the Florida state Capitol.