LifeMap
Milestones in 100 characters or less
Welcome to Lifemap, Chris!

Help make history social with upvotes

Marco Rubio

Presidential Candidate, Republican Party

Last Edit: January 31, 2016

Family & Relationships
Education
Athletic
Social
Health & Wellness
Career
Home & Living
Awards and Honors
Political
Philanthropy

Across History: Marco Rubio

Age:

Share your email to read the full Marco Rubio LifeMap

LifeMap

Enter your email to continue reading the full LifeMap.


You'll never miss a Data4America LifeMap again.
Donate to support Lifemap
2

05/28/1971

Marco Antonio Rubio is born in Miami to Cuban immigrants Mario and Oriales (née Garcia).
Add Media

1971

Marco has two older siblings, Mario and Barbara. Later there will be a younger sister too, Veronica.
Add Media

1972

Marco's younger sister Veronica is born.

1975

Marco's parents become naturalized American citizens.
Add Media

1979

Marco's family moves to Las Vegas where his father works as a bartender and mother as a housekeeper.
2

1979

Marco's mother and his siblings (but not his father) convert from Catholicism to Mormonism.
Add Media

1982

In 6th grade, Marco starts developing his lifelong interest in rap and hiphop music.
Add Media

1984

Marco supports his father on the Culinary Workers Union strike, and is a committed union activist
Add Media

1984

Marco leaves the Church of the Latter-Day Saints and reverts to Catholicism.

1989

A disruptive student, Marco graduates from South Miami Senior High School with a 2.1 GPA.

1989

Marco attends Tarkio College in Missouri on a football scholarship.
Add Media

1990

A neck injury ends Marco's dream of a National Football League career.
Add Media

1990

Marco is arrested in a Miami park on a misdemeanor; the charge is later dismissed.
Add Media

1990

Rubio transfers to Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville Florida.

1993

Marco graduates from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Add Media

1996

Rubio earns his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law.

1996

Rubio is chair for Florida's Miami-Dade & Monroe counties in Bob Dole's U.S. presidential campaign.

1998

Marco weds long-time girlfriend, Jeanette, a former member of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.

1998

Marco Rubio wins a seat on the West Miami City Commission.

1999

Marco becomes a father for the first time when Jeanette gives birth to Amanda.
Add Media

01/25/2000

Rubio wins the Florida House of Representatives seat vacated by Carlos Valdes.
Add Media

2000

Rubio serves as one of the two Majority Whips in the Florida House of Representatives.
Add Media

2001

Marco becomes a father for the second time when Jeanette gives birth to Daniella.
Add Media

2002

Rubio is appointed Florida House Majority Leader by the Speaker, Johnnie Byrd.
2

2005

Marco starts using over $100K from GOP-issued credit card that later warrants an inquiry on ethics.
Add Media

2005

Marco becomes a father for the third time when Jeanette gives birth to Anthony.

2006

Marco publishes his first book, 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future.
Add Media

11/21/2006

Elected Speaker of the Florida House, Rubio becomes the first Cuban-American to hold this position.
2

2007

Marco becomes a father for the fourth time when Jeanette gives birth to Dominick.

2008

Rubio leaves Florida legislature and teaches political science at Florida International University.
Add Media

2008

Marco becomes a Univision political analyst during the 2008 US presidential campaign.
Add Media

05/05/2009

Rubio announces intention to run for the US Senate.

11/02/2010

Rubio wins a U.S. Senate seat with 49% of the vote, fueling speculation about US presidency bid.
Add Media

2011

Some newspapers debunk claims that Rubio's parents fled Fidel Castro's regime as exiles.

2012

Marco publishes his second book, An American Son: A Memoir.

2012

Rubio is named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.
Add Media

2012

Rubio shortlisted for Mitt Romney's GOP presidential campaign running mate, but loses to Paul Ryan.
Add Media

01/22/2013

In marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Rubio vows to fight abortion and save unborn babies.
3

02/12/2013

Rubio gives 1st-ever bilingual GOP response, in Spanish & English, to a State of the Union address.

04/17/2013

Rubio formally supports a bipartisan immigration reform bill that he will later oppose.

2015

Marco publishes his third book, American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone.
Add Media

October 2015

Rubio is found to have missed almost a third of US Senate votes so far in 2015.
Add Media

12/30/2015

Rubio criticized for allegedly pulling strings for his ex-convict brother-in-law in 2002.
1970s

05/28/1971

Marco Antonio Rubio is born in Miami to Cuban immigrants Mario and Oriales (née Garcia).

1971

Marco has two older siblings, Mario and Barbara. Later there will be a younger sister too, Veronica.

1972

Marco's younger sister Veronica is born.

1975

Marco's parents become naturalized American citizens.

1979

Marco's family moves to Las Vegas where his father works as a bartender and mother as a housekeeper.

1979

Marco's mother and his siblings (but not his father) convert from Catholicism to Mormonism.

1980s

1982

In 6th grade, Marco starts developing his lifelong interest in rap and hiphop music.

1984

Marco supports his father on the Culinary Workers Union strike, and is a committed union activist

1984

Marco leaves the Church of the Latter-Day Saints and reverts to Catholicism.

1989

A disruptive student, Marco graduates from South Miami Senior High School with a 2.1 GPA.

1989

Marco attends Tarkio College in Missouri on a football scholarship.

1990s

1990

A neck injury ends Marco's dream of a National Football League career.

1990

Marco is arrested in a Miami park on a misdemeanor; the charge is later dismissed.

1990

Rubio transfers to Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville Florida.

1993

Marco graduates from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

1996

Rubio earns his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law.

1996

Rubio is chair for Florida's Miami-Dade & Monroe counties in Bob Dole's U.S. presidential campaign.

1998

Marco weds long-time girlfriend, Jeanette, a former member of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.

1998

Marco Rubio wins a seat on the West Miami City Commission.

1999

Marco becomes a father for the first time when Jeanette gives birth to Amanda.

2000s

01/25/2000

Rubio wins the Florida House of Representatives seat vacated by Carlos Valdes.

2000

Rubio serves as one of the two Majority Whips in the Florida House of Representatives.

2001

Marco becomes a father for the second time when Jeanette gives birth to Daniella.

2002

Rubio is appointed Florida House Majority Leader by the Speaker, Johnnie Byrd.

2005

Marco starts using over $100K from GOP-issued credit card that later warrants an inquiry on ethics.

2005

Marco becomes a father for the third time when Jeanette gives birth to Anthony.

2006

Marco publishes his first book, 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future.

11/21/2006

Elected Speaker of the Florida House, Rubio becomes the first Cuban-American to hold this position.

2007

Marco becomes a father for the fourth time when Jeanette gives birth to Dominick.

2008

Rubio leaves Florida legislature and teaches political science at Florida International University.

2008

Marco becomes a Univision political analyst during the 2008 US presidential campaign.

05/05/2009

Rubio announces intention to run for the US Senate.

2010s

11/02/2010

Rubio wins a U.S. Senate seat with 49% of the vote, fueling speculation about US presidency bid.

2011

Some newspapers debunk claims that Rubio's parents fled Fidel Castro's regime as exiles.

2012

Marco publishes his second book, An American Son: A Memoir.

2012

Rubio is named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.

2012

Rubio shortlisted for Mitt Romney's GOP presidential campaign running mate, but loses to Paul Ryan.

01/22/2013

In marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Rubio vows to fight abortion and save unborn babies.

02/12/2013

Rubio gives 1st-ever bilingual GOP response, in Spanish & English, to a State of the Union address.

04/17/2013

Rubio formally supports a bipartisan immigration reform bill that he will later oppose.

2015

Marco publishes his third book, American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone.

October 2015

Rubio is found to have missed almost a third of US Senate votes so far in 2015.

12/30/2015

Rubio criticized for allegedly pulling strings for his ex-convict brother-in-law in 2002.

04/13/2015

04/13/2015

Rubio announces plans to run for the 2016 US presidential election; begins to seek GOP nomination.

😐
Give Feedback