Marco Rubio Parents

Marco Antonio Rubio is an American politician and lawyer serving as the senior United States senator from Florida, a seat he has held since 2011.

A member of the Republican Party, he served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2008.

Rubio unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2016, winning presidential primaries in Minnesota, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Rubio was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. In April 2015, he decided to run for president instead of seeking reelection to the Senate.

Marco Rubio Parents

Marco Rubio Parents: Meet Mario Rubio, Oriales Rubio

Marco Antonio Rubio was born in Miami, Florida, the second son and third child of Mario Rubio Reina and Oriales Rubio.

His parents were Cubans who immigrated to the United States in 1956 during the regime of Fulgencio Batista, two and a half years before Fidel Castro ascended to power after the Cuban Revolution.

His mother made at least four return trips to Cuba after Castro’s takeover, including a month-long trip in 1961.

Marco Rubio Parents

Neither of Rubio’s parents was a U.S. citizen at the time of Rubio’s birth, but his parents applied for U.S. citizenship and were naturalized in 1975. Some relatives of Rubio’s were admitted to the U.S. as refugees.

Rubio’s maternal grandfather, Pedro Victor Garcia, immigrated to the U.S. legally in 1956 but returned to Cuba to find work in 1959.

When he fled communist Cuba and returned to the U.S. in 1962 without a visa, he was detained as an undocumented immigrant and an immigration judge ordered him to be deported.