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Ron Paul (1935)

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Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul is an American physician, author, Republican United States Congressman, and repeat candidate for President of the United States. He has been an outspoken critic of American foreign and monetary policies, renowned for sharply opposing his own party on many issues. Since 1979, he has been elected to 10 terms in the House of Representatives, with an interruption of 12 years. In addition, he filled a vacated seat for most of 1976. Since 1997, Paul has represented Texas's 14th congressional district, which covers an area south and southwest of Houston that includes Galveston. Paul serves on the House Committees on Foreign Affairs and Financial Services, and on the Joint Economic Committee. He is the chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Paul is a graduate of Gettysburg College and Duke University School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree. He served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1963 until 1968. He worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist during the 1960s and 1970s, delivering more than 4,000 babies, before entering politics in 1976.

Paul is the initiator of the advocacy group Campaign for Liberty and his ideas have been expressed in numerous published articles and books, including Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom , End The Fed , The Revolution: A Manifesto , Pillars of Prosperity , A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship , and The Case for Gold . His son Rand Paul was elected to the United States Senate for Kentucky in 2010, making the elder Paul the first Representative in history to serve concurrently with a child of his in the Senate. Paul has been characterized as the "intellectual godfather" of the Tea Party movement. He has become well known for his libertarian ideas on many political issues, often differing from both Republican and Democratic Party stances.

Paul is currently seeking to be the Republican Party candidate in the 2012 presidential election. He campaigned for President of the United States twice before, first during 1988 as the nominee of the Libertarian Party and again during 2008 as a candidate for the Republican nomination. On May 13, 2011, he announced formally that he would campaign again during 2012 for the Republican presidential nomination. On July 12, 2011, Paul announced that he would not seek another term in Congress in order to concentrate on his presidential bid.

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Paul has been married to Carol Wells since 1957. They have five children, who were baptized Episcopalian: Ronald, Lori, Randal, Robert, and Joy. Paul's son Randal is the junior United States senator from the state of Kentucky. Raised a Lutheran, Paul later became a church-going Baptist.

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