U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to speak at Wingate University

Wingate, N.C. -- The Jesse Helms Center is pleased to announce U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R, Fla.) will deliver the Jesse Helms Lecture at Wingate University’s George A. Batte Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

Rubio’s speech, entitled “The Role of America in the World,” is the last in a series of major addresses delivered this year. This will be Rubio’s first speech in North Carolina and his first major speech on foreign policy since taking office in January 2011. Limited complimentary tickets are available to the public at no cost.

Requests may be made by emailing or calling 704-849-4074. Rubio was elected in November 2010 to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate. He currently serves on the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. During his first eight months in office, Rubio has been a forceful advocate for a U.S. foreign policy that is on the side of citizens around the world stepping up to demand their rights and freedoms in places like Egypt, Libya, Syria, Cuba and Venezuela, among other nations. He has also focused his early legislative work on promoting solutions to create jobs and fundamentally address the national debt. From 2000-2008, Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives. During this period, he served as Majority Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the House, effectively promoting an agenda of lower taxes, more accountable schools, a leaner and more efficient government, and free market empowerment. Rubio and his wife, Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio, have been married since 1998. They are the parents of four children: Amanda, Daniella, Anthony and Dominick. They currently live in the working class city of West Miami, just four blocks from the home his parents moved the family to in 1985. For over 20 years, the Jesse Helms Lecture Series has welcomed national and international figures to Wingate. Previous speakers include Lady Margaret Thatcher, former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, among others. The Jesse Helms Center is a non-profit organization established to promote traditional American values and the principles upon which our nation was founded and that Senator Jesse Helms advanced throughout his 30-year career.