Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will deliver the Republican Party's response to President Obama's State of the Union address next Tuesday.
The decision to tap Rubio for the response was announced by House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) office on Wednesday.
"Marco Rubio is one of our party’s most dynamic and inspiring leaders. He carries our party’s banner of freedom, opportunity and prosperity in a way few others can. His family’s story is a testament to the promise and greatness of America," Boehner said in a statement. "He’ll deliver a GOP address that speaks from the heart to the hopes and dreams of the middle class; to our party’s commitment to life and liberty; and to the unlimited potential of America when government is limited and effective."
Rubio's rebuttal will be delivered in both English and Spanish, Boehner's office said.
Last year's GOP response was given by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.