Summary

Marco Rubio was born in 1971 and is currently serving as the senior United States Senator from Florida. Senator Rubio’s seat is up for election in 2022.

Rubio graduated from the University of Florida and then the University of Miami’s law school. Afterward he joined public service as a West Miami city commissioner. In 2000 he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he became majority whip, majority leader and Speaker of the Florida House. He won the 2010 Senate election and was reelected in 2016. Rubio unsuccessfully sought the Republication nomination for U.S. President in 2016.

Senator Rubio is currently serving on the Appropriations Committee; Foreign Relations Committee; Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee; Select Committee on Intelligence; and the Special Committee on Aging.

Below is Senator Rubio’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish Community 

Senator Rubio opposed the Iran nuclear deal and supported the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. He supported the Taylor Force Act, which states that no American governmental funds shall be given to a Palestinian entity that financially rewards terrorists or their families. He also criticized the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity, and cosponsored legislation that objected the resolution.

Senator Rubio cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, a legislation that supported full funding of security assistance to Israel as outlined in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding.

Senator Rubio opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and the Combating BDS Act of 2017, two bills that aim to fight discriminatory boycotts that target Israel. In 2019, he voted for the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act which, among other things, strengthened Israel’s security and allowed a state or local government to adopt measures to divest its assets from entities that boycott Israel.

Senator Rubio is a cosponsor of the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which aims to provide for the consideration of a definition of anti-Semitism for the enforcement of Federal antidiscrimination laws concerning education programs or activities. 

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