This week Florida senator and potential Republican vice presidential pick, Marco Rubio, campaigned on Mitt Romney's behalf, specifically aiming his speech at Latino voters. Rubio, who has recently been working on an alternative to the DREAM act, is known for being one of the GOP's favorites, despite his controversial back story. But how exactly did he make his way to the forefront of the political crowd? Below, a timeline of Rubio's rise:

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May 28th, 1971: Marc Rubio is born in Miami Florida, the second son and third child of Mario Rubio and Orla Garcia, who emigrated from Cuba to the US in 1956.

1989: Rubio graduates South Miami Senior High School and heads to Tarkio College on a football scholarship. He's there for only year before transferring to Santa Fe Community College and then to University of Florida, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in 1993.

1996: Rubio earns his J.D. degree cum laude from University of Miami School of Law. While studying, he interned for a U.S. representative.

1998: Rubio marries his wife, Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio. They now share 4 children: Amanda, Daniella, Anthony and Dominic. Rubio recently told press: "I can tell you that none of my children were planned," as he and his wife are devout Roman Catholics and do not practice birth control.

2000: In January, Rubio was elected to the Florida House of Representatives for the 111tth district. He also won each of his re-election bids.

2006: Rubio travels around the state hosting "idearaisers" to gain input from Florida residents.100 of the ideas were compiled into book 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future and approximately 57 ultimately became law. Rubio is elected Speaker of the Florida House for the 2007-2009 term.

2009: Rubio announces that he plans to run for the United States Senate in 2010 for the Republic seat. He eventually surpasses incumbent Governor of his party, Charlie Crist for the Republic nomination. He becomes the face of a movement, making the cover of  National Review and winning endorsements from George Will, Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh.

2010: On November 2, Rubio wins the senatorial election with 48.9 percent of the vote with the large support of Tea Party members. His charisma and good looks prompt many to label him "The Obama of the Right".

2011: Controversy surrounds Rubio when allegations fly that he embellished his family's history by saying his parents were exiles and fled Cuba during Fidel Castro's communist revolution, when they, in fact, moved three years before Castro came in to power.

2012: Rubio becomes the subject of speculation as a potential GOP VP candidate for the presidential election of 2012, to serve alongside Mitt Romney. He gave a speech yesterday in an attempt to energize the Republican base and get Latinos to reconsider Romney as a viable candidate.

What do you think of Rubio as a potential vice president?

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Michelle Regalado is a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas. She loves reading, travel, pop culture, and writing about anything and everything.

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