(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will give the Republican response to the State of the Union address next week, House Speaker John Boehner's office announced Wednesday.
The speech will be delivered by the first-term senator and potential presidential candidate in both English and Spanish, as the GOP works to draw more Hispanics into its column.
"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, whose parents emigrated from Cuba in the 1950s, has been a rising star in the GOP since he was elected in 2010 with tea party support. His popularity has especially grown as the party stresses a need to reach out to more Latinos. Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney won only 27% of the Latino vote, compared to 71% for President Obama, according to national exit polls.
An aide told CNN he will tape the Spanish language version of his address earlier that night so the Spanish networks can run it right after the president's address. Rubio will deliver his remarks live in English.
As for who's writing the speech, an aide said "he's been working on it for a while. He's writing it himself." His speech will focus on the party's agenda to boost the middle class.
"Immigration will likely be mentioned as one way to grow the economy, but the speech really is about the Republican Party's commitment to limited government as the best way to help the middle class, and how it differs from the president's plans for bigger government," an aide said.
Rubio was widely praised for his prime time speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention, where he spoke shortly before Romney took the stage on the final night of the three-day event.
Speaking about the president's first State of the Union address in his second term, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that the president is working on the speech with lead speech writer Cody Keenan.
"These are speeches that the president takes very seriously. He's a writer himself, so he, he engages at a very deep level on the framing of his speech, on the writing of it and the editing of it and the shaping of it," Carney said.
Four out of five of the Republicans who will have responded to the president's speech are considered possible presidential candidates in 2016.
Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels delivered the 2012 response. Rep. Paul Ryan did so in 2011, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in 2010 and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2009.
– CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Jim Acosta, Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.