Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio will deliver the GOP response in both English and Spanish following President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Feb. 12.
House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced that they have selected the Florida senator, considered a rising star in the Republican Party, Wednesday.
“He’ll deliver a GOP address that speaks from the heart to the hopes and dreams of the middle class; to our party’s commitment to life and liberty; and to the unlimited potential of America when government is limited and effective,” Boehner said in a statement.
Rubio has in recent weeks been at the forefront of the immigration debate, as one of the more vocal advocates for the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” proposal for immigration reform.
“Marco’s own experience as the child of immigrants has always informed his belief in limited government and free enterprise, 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,” McConnell added in a statement. “He was a natural choice to deliver the Republicans’ alternative to the administration’s reliance on government and debt.”
Rubio said he was honored by the opportunity.
“I look forward to laying out the Republican case of how our ideas can help people close the gap between their dreams and the opportunities to realize them,” he said.