Monday, February 13, 2012

Rick Santorum

Richard John "Rick" Santorum (born May 10, 1958) is an American Republican Party politician. He served as a United States Senator representing Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007, and is a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination.

The son of Aldo and Catherine Santorum, Rick Santorum was raised primarily in Butler, Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate and JD degrees from Pennsylvania State University, and he earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Santorum entered the legal profession, working for Kirkpatrick & Lockhart. He married Karen Santorum in 1990 and they have eight children. Santorum was elected to U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district in 1991 and became of a member of what became known as the "Gang of Seven".

Santorum was elected a United States Senator for Pennsylvania in 1994 and served there until losing re-election to the position in 2006. He held conservative positions on both fiscal and social issues, including opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. On fiscal issues, he voted for tax cuts and played a leading role in enacting welfare reform. He also used earmarks to advance issues and causes important to his state and supported programs in education and transportation.

In the years following his departure from the Senate, Santorum worked as a consultant, private practice lawyer, and news contributor. In June 2011, Santorum announced that he would seek the 2012 Republican president nomination.

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