He suspended his campaign for President on March 15, 2016, after losing the Republican primary in his home state of Florida to current U. In October 2011, newspapers reported that Rubio's previous statements that his parents were forced to leave Cuba in 1959, after Fidel Castro came to power, were embellishments.His parents actually left Cuba in 1956, during the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.In the wake of the September 11 attacks, he voiced suspicion about expanding police detention powers, and helped defeat a GOP bill that would have required colleges to increase reporting to the state about foreign students. He became the first Cuban American to be speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and would remain speaker until November 2008.A spokesman for Rubio has said that the items in question helped the whole county, that Rubio did not lobby to get them approved, that the hospital money was necessary and non-controversial, and that Rubio is "a limited-government conservative ... Rubio became speaker after State Representatives Dennis Baxley, Jeff Kottkamp, and Dennis A. When he was chosen as future speaker in 2005, Rubio delivered a speech to the House in which he asked members to look in their desks, where they each found a hardcover book titled 100 Innovative Ideas For Florida’s Future; but the book was blank because it had not yet been written, and Rubio told his colleagues that they would fill in the pages together with the help of ordinary Floridians.The seat had been held by Representative Carlos Valdes, who had run for and won an open Florida State Senate seat.Rubio spent almost nine years in the Florida House of Representatives. Subsequently, he was elected Speaker of the Florida House, and was Speaker for two years beginning in November 2006.
Rubio also was a critic of Crist's strategy to fight climate change through an executive order creating new automobile and utility emissions standards.
This created openings for new legislative leaders due to many senior incumbents having to retire.
According to an article in National Journal, Rubio also gained an extra advantage in that regard, because he was sworn in early due to the special election, and he would take advantage of these opportunities to join the GOP leadership.
In the late 1990s, he was a City Commissioner for West Miami and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, representing the 111th House district.
In April 2015, Rubio announced that he would forgo seeking reelection to the Senate to run for President. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Florida in 1993, and his J. degree cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1996.