Marco Rubio, JD '96, became the first UM alumnus and the second Cuban-American from Florida to be elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
Rubio, a Republican, handily defeated Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who ran as an Independent, and Democrat Kendrick Meek. In Washington, Rubio will join another UM alumnus, U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-16), JD '99. Prior to Rooney's election in 2008, the only other Miami Law alumnus to serve in Congress had been the late Representative Dante Fascell.
A former Florida House Speaker and West Miami city commissioner, Rubio grew up in Miami, the son of Cuban immigrants. During his campaign, he frequently spoke of the sacrifices his parents made to provide their children with opportunities they never had.
After graduating from the University of Florida with a B.A. in political science, Rubio attended UM Law, where he was involved with the Hispanic Law Student Association and the Litigation Skills Program.
In 2005, he was the guest speaker at the Dean's Circle Luncheon and he was presented with the University of Miami Law Alumni Association Achievement Award.