Marco Antonio Rubio (born May 28, 1971) is an American politician serving as the senior United States senator from Florida.
A Republican, he previously served as speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.
Rubio unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for president of the United States in 2016, winning presidential primaries in the State of Minnesota, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Rubio is a Cuban American from Miami, Florida.
After serving as a city commissioner for West Miami in the 1990s, he was elected to represent the 111th district in the Florida House of Representatives in 2000.
Subsequently, he was elected speaker of the Florida House, and was Speaker for two years beginning in November 2006.
Upon leaving the Florida legislature in 2008 due to term limits, Rubio taught at Florida International University.
Rubio successfully ran for the United States Senate in 2010.
In April 2015, he announced that he would not seek re-election to the Senate, instead choosing to run for president.
He suspended his campaign for president on March 15, 2016, after losing the Florida Republican primary to the eventual winner of the presidential election, Donald Trump.
He then decided to run for re-election to the Senate, winning a second term later that year.