MIAMI, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- "I am following the events regarding the health of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro with great interest. The demise of Castro and his regime is inevitable. We are hopeful that the events of the last 24 hours mark the beginning of freedom and democracy for the people of Cuba. "I have been in contact with the office of the Governor as well as all the pertinent public safety agencies of the state of Florida. We are confident that the state of Florida, working in partnership with the local and federal government, is fully prepared for any political changes in Cuba. "This is a time of great hope. I am confident that our community will continue to handle these events in a manner worthy of the enormous contributions Cuban exiles have made to our state and our country." Biography of Incoming House Speaker Marco Rubio Proud to be the son of Cuban exiles, incoming Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio is aware of how cultural diversity enriches community. He has brought that perspective to the state capitol, realizing that Florida is perfectly positioned to play a major role in the burgeoning global markets of Latin America and the Caribbean. Rep. Rubio was born May 28, 1971, in Miami, the third of four children of Mario and Oria Rubio, Cuban exiles who arrived in the U.S. in the late 1950's. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1993 in the top 10 percent of his class and continued on to graduate Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1996. In 1998, Rubio was elected to the West Miami City Commission where he served until January of 2000, when he was elected in a special election to fill a vacancy in House District 111. He has subsequently been re-elected three times. He was quickly selected to serve as House Majority Whip and three years later the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives appointed Rubio House Majority Leader. He is the first, and to date, only Hispanic to hold that post in the history of the state. In October 2003, Rubio secured the necessary pledges from his colleagues to become Speaker of the House, commencing in November of 2006. On September 13, 2005, Rep. Rubio was formally designated to be the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives from 2006-2008. Rubio is married to Jeanette Dousdebes. They have two daughters, Amanda Loren and Daniella Grace, and son Anthony Luis. He is as passionate about sports as he is about politics, especially when it comes to rooting for the Miami Dolphins.
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