Ron Paul represents Congressional District 14 in Texas. He first served in Congress from 1976-77, then again from 1979-85 and again beginning in 1997.
Paul serves on the House Committee on Financial Services, where he is the chairman of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee. He is also serves on the International Monetary Policy and Trade subcommittee, along with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, including the subcommittees on Oversight and Investigations and Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment.
He developed a strong cult following while running unsuccessfully in the 2008 Republican presidential primary race.
In 2011, he again announced his candidacy for president, again running as a Republican. He has made an improved showing in the three contests to date (1/24/12), placing third in the Iowa caucuses, second in the New Hampshire primary and fourth in the South Carolina primary. With his passionate followers and steady fundraising, Paul seems likely to take his campaign all the way to the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Fla., in August.
He graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine, before serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s. Later, he had a medical practice in Brazoria County specializing in obstetrics.
Paul is the author of many books. His most recent is End the Fed.
He has a wife, Carol, five children, seventeen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His third child, Rand Paul, is the junior senator from Kentucky.