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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to visit UofL

by Denise Fitzpatrick, communications and marketing last modified Mar 08, 2013 10:18 AM

Marco Rubio, a Republican U.S. senator from Florida, will speak to students and community members March 25 at the University of Louisville. His topic is “Creating Middle Class Opportunity in the 21st Century.”

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to visit UofL

Marco Rubio

The free, public talk through the McConnell Center is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. The location has been moved to Margaret Comstock Concert Hall in the School of Music Building on Belknap Campus. It originally was slated for Bigelow Hall.

All tickets for the event have been allocated, but the talk will be streamed live on the McConnell Center website.

On Feb. 12, Rubio, a Miami native, gave the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, marking the first time the response was delivered in English and Spanish.

Elected to the Senate in 2010, Rubio serves on four Senate committees: Commerce, Science and Transportation; Foreign Relations; Intelligence; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

From 2000 to 2008, he represented the 111th District in the Florida House of Representatives, becoming the state’s first Cuban-American house speaker. While a representative, he wrote a book, “100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future,” which he compiled after traveling the state and talking to citizens.

In the late 1990s, he was a West Miami city commissioner.

Rubio has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

His autobiography, “An American Son: A Memoir,” was published in June.

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