Rick Santorum

July 11, 2015
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Rick Santorum
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United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Harris Wofford
Succeeded by Bob Casey, Jr.
Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Connie Mack III
Succeeded by Jon Kyl
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania‘s 18th district
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Doug Walgren
Succeeded by Michael F. Doyle
Personal details
Born Richard John Santorum
May 10, 1958 (age 57)
Winchester, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Karen Garver (1990–present)
Children 8
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University, University Park
University of Pittsburgh
Dickinson School of Law
Religion Roman Catholicism
Signature
Website Official website

Richard JohnRickSantorum (born May 10, 1958) is an American attorney and Republican Party politician. He served as a United States Senator representing Pennsylvania (1995–2007) and was the Senate’s third-ranking Republican (2001–07).[1] He ran as a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination,[2] finishing second to the eventual Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Born in Virginia, Santorum was raised primarily in Butler, Pennsylvania. He obtained an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law (now part of Penn State). Santorum worked as an attorney at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, where he met Karen Garver. They married in 1990, and have seven living children (one child died shortly after birth). Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district in 1990 and later became a member of a group dubbed the “Gang of Seven“.

Santorum was elected as a United States Senator for Pennsylvania in 1994. He served two terms until losing his re-election bid in 2006. A devout, practicing Catholic, Santorum is a social conservative who opposes same-sex marriage and artificial birth control. While serving as a senator, Santorum was the author of what came to be known as the Santorum Amendment, which promoted the teaching of intelligent design. In 2005, Santorum introduced the Workplace Religious Freedom Act along with Senator John Kerry.

In the years following his departure from the Senate, Santorum worked as a consultant, private-practice lawyer, and news contributor. On June 6, 2011 Santorum announced his run for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Upon announcing his campaign suspension on April 10, 2012, he had won 11 primaries and caucuses and received nearly 4 million votes, making him the runner-up to eventual nominee Mitt Romney. Santorum officially endorsed Romney on May 7, 2012.[3] Santorum announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election on May 27, 2015.[4]

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