Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, have together been cited a total of 17 times for a variety of driving-related offenses since 1997, the New York Times reported. Rubio, 44, has served as U.S. senator in Florida since 2011 and announced his candidacy in April for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2016.
The traffic violations include citations for careless driving, speeding and driving through red lights, according to court records in Florida’s Miami-Dade and Duval counties. Marco Rubio was cited on four occasions since 2011, while his wife was cited 13 times. The senator’s license was nearly suspended in 2011 after he was caught driving through a red light, the report said.
“Sen. Rubio’s license has always been in good standing,” Alex Hanna, Rubio’s lawyer, told the New York Times in a statement. “This matter was resolved by the court system and at no point was the license suspended by the DMV.”
The Rubios reportedly attended driving classes on four occasions after citations for traffic infractions, while Jeanette Rubio’s license faced suspension on three occasions. The Rubio campaign declined comment.