Florida Sen. Marco Rubio pointed out during his official State of the Union response Tuesday night that he still lives in the neighborhood where he grew up. But the house is on the market. The Rubios may be coming to Washington, DC.
These days many Senators opt to shuttle back and forth from Washington, D.C. each weekend and return to their home state to see their family. It can help keep a lawmaker rooted in his or her community. But it can be hard on family life.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s family may be breaking the recent mold and embracing Washington as a family sometime soon. He would still likely maintain a residence in Miami.
An aide to the Senator says that while a move for the whole family has not been “finalized” the Senator is exploring the option of uprooting the his wife and four kids (ages 10, 12, 8 and 5 years-old) to relocate full-time to Washington, DC.
The Rubio’s four-bedroom West Miami property was put on the market for $675,000 in November of last year, indicating a move to Washington is imminent.
Photos of the Rubio’s home for sale can be found on their listing here.
An aide tells ABC News that since the Senator is away from his four young children during the week if he can sell his home in Miami he would be able to afford to move his wife and kids to Washington during the school year. Currently, Rubio, like so many other Senators reside in an apartment alone during the week while they are in Washington, DC.
It was once common for Senators to move move their families to Washington. But with the ease and access of plane travel, it is a tradition that slowly changed and become rare. Like then-Senator Obama, who lived in a Washington apartment while his family stayed in Illinois, many Senators choose to not uproot their families, especially when they have young children, from their home states.
Some old-timers say this is one reason why some relationships among Senators are not deeper and Capitol Hill seems more fractured than ever. Senators kids no longer go to school together, spouses do not mix and mingle as they have in the past in Washington as much and Senators are racing for the airport a mere minutes after casting their last vote of the week.