Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio
Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio
Rubio at the swearing in of her husband, 2011
Jeanette Christina Dousdebes
December 5, 1973
|Residence||West Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|Education||South Miami High School|
|Alma mater||Miami Dade College|
Marco Rubio (m. 1998)
Jeanette was born in Florida, to parents who had emigrated from Colombia. When she was six, her parents divorced. Jeanette was raised Roman Catholic and attended South Miami High School. She met her future husband, Marco Rubio, at a neighborhood party when she was 17 and he was 19. After graduating from high school, she attended Miami Dade College.
Before her marriage, she worked as a bank teller. In 1997, she became a member of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. Her sister, Adriana Dousdebes, was also a cheerleader for the Dolphins. Jeanette was featured in the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders' first swimsuit calendar. It was during her time as a cheerleader that Jeanette Dousdebes and Marco Rubio, who were only slightly acquainted in high school, met again and began to date.
When the Rubios were first married, she enrolled in a course of study in fashion design at International Fine Arts College, but did not complete her studies, devoting herself, instead, to being a full-time mother of four children. Rubio has told the press that mothering four small children while married to a politician is very much "like being a single mom."
During the race for speaker, she was enlisted by her husband to manage the political action committees he used to support his travel and consultants, a decision he later described as a "disaster" as it resulted in confusion on financial transactions related to travel and expenses, due to "inexperience, sloppiness and a blur of paperwork" according to a report by the Tampa Bay Times.
The Washington Post reported that Rubio is a part-time employee of the Norman Braman Family 2011 Charitable Foundation, which is also a financial backer of her husband Marco Rubio, and likely to commit as much as US$10 million to pro-Rubio PACs.
Rubio and her family regularly attend both Roman Catholic Mass at Church of the Little Flower and Protestant worship services at Christ Fellowship, an Evangelical megachurch aligned with the Southern Baptist Convention. She hosts a weekly Bible study class in her home. Her three younger children attend a private Protestant Christian school while the eldest attends a Catholic high school.
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