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Sen. Marco Rubio

Senator for Florida

pronounced MAHR-koh // ROO-bee-oh

Rubio is the senior senator from Florida and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 2011. Rubio is next up for reelection in 2022.

Photo of Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Rubio.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Rubio is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Rubio has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Nov 7, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Marco Rubio sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Rubio was the primary sponsor of 20 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 20 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Rubio sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (40%) Health (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Commerce (9%) Taxation (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Education (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Rubio’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Rubio voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, ...

Rubio voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 87/13 on Dec 11, 2018.

See the Congressional Research Service's 122-page summary of the bill. * * * H.R. 2 amends and extends major programs for income support, food and ...

Rubio voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 87/10 on Aug 1, 2018.

H.R. 5515 authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and military activities and construction, and prescribes military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year ...

Rubio voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations ...

Rubio voted Nay

Bill Passed 95/3 on Apr 19, 2016.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for fiscal year 2017. The bill was introduced as ...

Rubio voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Dec 3, 2015.

H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the ...

Rubio voted Nay

Bill Passed 65/34 on Jul 30, 2015.

This vote turned H.R 22, originally the Hire More Heroes Act, into the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision ...

Rubio voted Nay

Rubio voted Yea

Bill Passed 76/16 on Dec 16, 2014.

Rubio voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Nov 2019, Rubio missed 286 of 2,597 roll call votes, which is 11.0%. This is much worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: