Marco Rubio, the former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, is running as the tea party-backed Republican candidate for Senate in Florida against Republican-cum-independent Gov. Charlie Crist and four-term Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in 2010, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Rubio's life.
Is Marco Rubio married?
Who is Marco Rubio's wife?
Rubio's wife is Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio.
How old is Marco Rubio's wife?
Rubio's wife is 36 years old.
What does Marco Rubio's wife do for a living?
Rubio's wife is a former cheerleader
for the Miami Dolphins football team. She posed for the Dolphins cheerleading squad's first swimsuit calendar. Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio quit
cheerleading after a year, when she married Marco Rubio, and now she does not work. She stays at home with her four children and also leads a weekly Bible study group.
How long have Marco Rubio and his wife been married?
Rubio and his wife have been married for 12 years. The couple wed in 1998.
How and when did Marco Rubio and his wife meet?
Although Jeanette Dousdebes and Marco Rubio both attended South Miami High School, the couple did not meet until he was 19 and a student
at the University of Florida. (She was 17.) They met at a party in their neighborhood. According to article
in a Florida newspaper, "He teased her. She thought he was funny."
Were either Marco Rubio or his wife married before?
No, this is the first marriage for both.
Does Marco Rubio have children?
Rubio and his wife have four young
children. Rubio's daughters, Amanda and Daniella are
older than their two brothers, Anthony and Dominic.
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