Marco Rubio First to Sign 2016 Presidential Death Tax Repeal Pledge

Family Business Coalition Announces Launch to 2016 Project

Washington, DC – On Saturday, Senator Marco Rubio became the first declared Presidential candidate to sign the Family Business Coalition’s Death Tax Repeal Pledge. The Death Tax Repeal pledge states simply: “I Hereby Pledge to Support Repeal of the Federal Estate Tax.” The pledge is a commitment to the American people that full elimination of the death tax will be a top policy priority for the incoming administration in 2016.

Senator Rubio’s positive record working for repeal of the death tax includes:

  • Proposing a comprehensive tax reform plan with Senator Mike Lee that ends the death tax;
  • Co-sponsoring legislation to fully repeal the death tax;
  • Voting several times to fully repeal the death tax;
  • Voting several times against legislation to increase the death tax rate.

Senator Rubio first signed the pledge before his election to the Senate in 2010.

His popular tax plan, co-authored with Senator Mike Lee, helps family businesses by lowering individual income tax rates which private businesses pay, providing for full business expensing, and permanently eliminating the death tax. Over the weekend, Senator Rubio stated:

“The death tax is morally wrong and devastates family-owned farms and businesses across the country. I am proud to be the first presidential candidate to sign the Family Business Coalition’s Death Tax Repeal Pledge and will keep fighting until this punitive tax is repealed in full.”

In 2012, every major candidate for the Republican nomination, including Governor Mitt Romney signed the Family Business Coalition’s Death Tax Repeal pledge. Past signers include Republican primary candidates Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum. The pledge has also been signed by nearly 150 Congressional leaders including Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, Senator John Thune, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, and many more. The Family Business Coalition expects all serious Presidential primary contenders to sign the pledge again this 2016 election season.

In April, the Death Tax Repeal Act became the first death tax repeal bill to pass the House of Representatives in over ten years. The Death Tax Repeal Act, HR 2429, authored by Reps. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Sanford Bishop’s (D-GA) passed the House with a bipartisan majority and is currently awaiting consideration in the United States Senate. In a statement of administration policy, President Obama threatened to veto the legislation.

“Senator Marco Rubio is a champion for easing the tax burden on family businesses and eliminating the economically destructive death tax” said Palmer Schoening, Chairman of the Family Business Coalition. “Senator Rubio has taken an important step in showing his support for repeal and this election season we will encourage other candidates to follow his lead. With the support of over 80 diverse organizations and advocacy groups, the Family Business Coalition hopes to keep full repeal of the death tax as a top-tier election issue and achieve permanent elimination of the death tax under the next President.”

A full list of current Death Tax Repeal Pledge signers can be found at:

The Family Business Coalition is a diverse collection of organizations and industry groups united for the common purpose of protecting America’s family businesses across the country. Visit