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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson join forces for talk on bipartisanship

Who: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, and former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, will speak at the University of Florida.

What: The inaugural public forum of the University of Florida Bill Nelson Initiative on Ethics and Leadership, the discussion will address bipartisan cooperation in the United States Senate.

When: Tuesday, July 2, 2-3:30 p.m. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m.)

Where: Grand Reading Room of the Smathers Library (Library East) on the main UF campus in Gainesville.

Tickets: The event is free, but seating is limited. Registration is available at

About Bill Nelson: After serving in the Florida Legislature, U.S. House of Representatives, and as Florida’s treasurer, insurance commissioner and fire marshal, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000 and completed his political career after three terms. While serving in the Senate, he was the ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee, chair of the Science and Space Subcommittee and chair of the Senate Committee on Aging. Nelson has deposited a collection of papers and other historical materials with the George A. Smathers Libraries, establishing a significant collection spanning his multi-decade career in public service. This is the inaugural public forum of the Bill Nelson Initiative on Ethics and Leadership at the University of Florida.

About Marco Rubio: First elected to the United States Senate in 2010, he currently serves as Florida’s senior Senator. He is chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues. Rubio is also a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence. He previously served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and before that as a City Commissioner for West Miami.

Media wishing to attend the event can obtain credentials by contacting Steve Orlando, 352-846-3903,