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Marco Rubio

Elected to the United States Senate in 2010, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has said that he steadfastly wants to help bring the American Dream back into reach of those who feel it is slipping away.

While on the campaign trail, Rubio often talks about his modest beginnings. His parents came to America from Cuba in 1956 and earned their way to the middle class working humble jobs. Rubio’s father was a bartender in hotels and his mother a maid, cashier and retail clerk.

Marco Rubio spent much of my life in West Miami, and when not in Washington, DC, or on the campaign trail lives there with his wife Jeanette and four children.

Rubio entered public service as a City Commissioner for West Miami before being elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, and then Speaker of the Florida House in November 2006. Before taking this post, Rubio authored the book 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future, which was based on conversations he had with Floridians. As Speaker, he helped enact many of the ideas in his book.

While the mantle of “tea party favorite” seems to have been bestowed upon others in the 2016 Presidential campaign, Rubio was the original Tea Party electoral success. When he launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2009, he was expected to lose by a wide margin to the better-funded and better-known Republican primary opponent — then Florida Governor Charlie Crist. A grass roots conservative movement carried Rubio to the unexpected victory in the Republican primary and ultimately to the Senate in the general election.

Since arriving in Washington in January of 2011, Rubio has served on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; the Committee on Foreign Relations; the Select Committee on Intelligence; and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

On the Issues

To date Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has not taken any specific policy positions on innovation policy or patents during the campaign, although he has previously said that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) needs to speed up the processing of patent applications, and that he would have voted against the America Invents Act (AIA) without adoption of an amendment to once and for all end fee diversion. Like virtually all of the other Republican contenders he supporters lower taxes, particularly on businesses. Rubio’s calling card in this election will be foreign policy.

On issues of technology and innovation, Rubio has taken positions on various Internet related policies. He has pledged to vigorously defend Internet freedom, he has proposed the strengthening of American response to cyber attacks, including using “American power” to respond to “cyber attacks on American citizens, businesses, and governments.” Whether he means military power is unclear at this point. Rubio also pledges to fight new taxes on Internet commerce by making the Internet Tax Freedom Act permanent, and opposes new Internet sales taxes, which he says would kill jobs. He supports the reallocation of wireless spectrum from the federal government to commercial wireless services to meet commercial demand.