Political Highlights: West Miami City Commission, 1998-00; Fla. House, 2000-2008; U.S. Senate, 2011-present Born: May 28, 1971; Miami, Fla. Residence: West Miami Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Jeanette Rubio; four children Education: Tarkio College, attended 1989-90; Santa Fe Community College, attended 1990-91; U. of Florida, B.S. 1993; U. of Miami, J.D. 1996 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (1st term) Committee Assignments: Commerce, Science & Transportation (Aviation Operations, Safety & Security; Communications, Technology & the Internet; Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard - Ranking Member; Science & Space; Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine); Foreign Relations (East Asian & Pacific Affairs - Ranking Member; International Operations & Organizations; Near Eastern & South & Central Asian Affairs; Western Hemisphere & Global Narcotics Affairs); Small Business & Entrepreneurship; Select Intelligence
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.