Kevin Glass
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has been selected by GOP leadership to deliver the official Republican response to Barack Obama's State of the Union address on February 12. This is a big step in the Florida Republican's career, and one that will help him continue to establish his credentials on a national stage.

Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled Rubio's selection in a release today, and announced that the response would be given in both English and Spanish.

"Marco’s own experience as the child of immigrants has always informed his belief in limited government and free enterprise," McConnell said, "Which is why he has helped lead the fight against out-of-control spending and job-destroying tax hikes that continue to hold our economy back and stifle opportunity for millions. He was a natural choice to deliver the Republicans’ alternative to the administration’s reliance on government and debt."

The State of the Union speech and Rubio's response will take place on Tuesday, February 12.

Kevin Glass

Kevin Glass is Director of Policy and Outreach at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity