Marco Rubio announces he will run for president in 2016

Posted at 10:58 AM, Apr 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-13 11:12:50-04

MIAMI (AP/CNN) — Sen. Marco Rubio is telling his top donors that he is running for president because he feels “uniquely qualified” to pitch his Republican Party as one that will defend the American Dream.

The first-term Republican from Florida told his biggest backers on a conference call on Monday that he sees the coming presidential campaign as a choice between the past and the future. In a swipe at Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rubio said the former first lady “is a leader from yesterday.”

Rubio says he has always felt the United States is about tomorrow.

Rubio spoke on a conference call with donors before a flashy political rally set for Monday night in Miami.

Fast Facts:

Personal: Birth date: May 28, 1971

Birth place: Miami, Florida

Birth name: Marco Antonio Rubio

Father: Mario Rubio, a bartender

Mother: Oriales García Rubio

Marriage: Jeanette (Dousdebes) Rubio (1998-present)

Children: Amanda Loren, Daniella, Anthony, Dominick

Education: Attended Tarkio College in Missouri, 1989-1990; attended Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida, 1990-1991; University of Florida, political science, B.S., 1993; University of Miami, J.D., cum laude, 1996.

Religion: Roman Catholic

Other Facts: He is the son of Cuban immigrants who came to the United States in 1956.

Preparing for his term as speaker of the House in the Florida legislature, he wrote the book, “100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future.”

Has taught Florida International University’s School of International and Public Affairs since 2008.

Timeline: 1991 – Interns with U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen while in law school at the University of Miami.

1998-2000 – City Commissioner of West Miami.

January 25, 2000 – Elected to the Florida House of Representatives for District 111.

2004-December 2008 – Attorney with the real estate and land use practice groups of Broad and Cassel in Miami.

2000-2008 – Member of the Florida House of Representatives.

November 2006-November 2008 – Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. Rubio is the first Cuban-American to hold the position.

November 2, 2010 – Elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate.

2011 – Forms the Reclaim America PAC.

2011-present – Serves in the U.S. Senate for a term to end January 3, 2017.

2012 – Rubio is named to the Time 100, the magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

April 19, 2012 – Shares a glimpse of his idea of an alternative to the Democratic-backed DREAM Act that would appeal to Republicans. While not going into specifics, Rubio’s plan proposes a path to citizenship for students who attend college or join the military.

June 2012 – Rubio’s book, “An American Son: A Memoir,” is released.

February 12, 2013 – Delivers the Republican response in both English and Spanish to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address. It is the first bilingual response to the address delivered by the same person.

December 17, 2014 – Responds to President Obama’s move to loosen the U.S. embargo on Cuba. Rubio says he will block any potential U.S. ambassador to Cuba.

January 23, 2015 – CNN confirms that Rubio is moving forward with preparations for a potential 2016 presidential bid. This includes fundraising and adding finance director Anna Rogers to his PAC.