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Is Marco Rubio a creation of term limits?

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An interesting position from Governing‘s Josh Goodman:

But, here’s something I feel as though I can say with a fair amount of confidence: Rubio would not have been speaker of the House in 2007 if it weren’t for term limits. He might not have been a state legislator at all.

In Florida, House members only can serve 8 years before they have to leave office. Without that rule, it’s possible that the South Florida delegation would have been filled with politically untouchable 25-year veterans. A young politician like Rubio, who was elected to the Legislature before he turned 30, might not have had a chance.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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