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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Marco Rubio

Team GOP - August 17, 2015

1.  He goes by “Professor Rubio” at Florida International University where he teaches political science.​

  • In 2008, after leaving Florida's state legislature, Rubio began teaching at FIU. His experience in local politics and the U.S. Senate gives students a unique experience. As one student noted, “We’re actually able to learn from someone who has been in the process and can actually tell us what goes on and what’s important and what’s not.”

2.  Dan Marino, famous Miami Dolphins quarterback, once tossed a pass to Rubio on the floor of the Florida House of Representatives.

  • He also once caught a pass from Tim Tebow. A lifelong football fan, Rubio described these experiences as the “coolest thing” he has been able to do because of politics. 

3.  He was the first Cuban-American Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. 

  • Rubio began serving in the state legislature in 1999. In 2006, he was elected Speaker of the House, making him the first Cuban-American to hold that position. 

4.  He is a huge hip hop fan. 

  • Rubio has been has been known to bust out rap lyrics while on the campaign trail and recently revealed that he and fellow Miami-native, Pitbull, have become friends. 

5.  He had leg braces as a kid to correct knee problems.

  • Despite these challenges in childhood, he went on to be a very successful student athlete, earning a football scholarship to Tarkio College in Missouri ​​
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