Tribpedia: Ron Paul

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 has won awards from organizations such as the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste and the Council for a Competitive Economy, among others.

 

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.

Images

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and son Rand speak at a Tea Party rally at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2012.
Ron Paul in Manchester speaking to supporters after the 2012 New Hampshire primary. Republican candidate Ron Paul speaks to an overflow crowd at the Holiday Inn in Rock Hill, S.C. on January 17, 2012. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul speaks at a meet-and-greet event in Hollis, N.H. ABC, Yahoo! News and WMUR-TV host a Republican primary debate at Saint Anselm's College in Manchester, NH. Presidential candidate Ron Paul has released an attack ad against former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. The spot is scheduled to air in the early primary state of South Carolina on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. Ron Paul makes his way onstage for a Rock the Caucus event in Des Moines, Iowa on January 3, 2012. Texan Ron Paul is surrounded by media as he leaves a Rock the Caucus event at Valley High School in Des Moines on January 3, 2012. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul leaving Valley High School after a Rock the Caucus event in Des Moines on Jan. 3, 2012, the day of the Iowa caucuses. U.S. Rep Ron Paul before going onstage at a Rock the Caucus event at a Des Moines high school on Jan. 3, 2012. Candidate Ron Paul waits to go onstage at the Rock the Caucus event on the day of the Iowa Caucuses on January 3, 2012. Ron Paul leaving the stage at a Rock the Caucus event at Valley High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 3, 2012. Candidate Ron Paul of Texas is interviewed by a local television station in Le Mars, Iowa on December 30, 2011. Ron Paul enters a campaign event in Le Mars, Iowa on December 30, 2011.  Paul's support has been strong prior to the Iowa caucuses next week. Young Ron Paul supporters gather outside the Sioux Center library to greet the Republican candidate on December 30, 2011. Ron Paul leaving a venue in Sioux Center, Iowa, on Dec. 30, 2011, after delivering a campaign speech. Republican candidates Mitt Romney, l, and Ron Paul at the Dartmouth Debates on October 11, 2011. Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich at the Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11, 2011. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. Post GOP debate interview with U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, on June 14, 2011. Ron Paul shaking hands after a speech on UT Austin campus in 2008. Paul speaking at CPAC 2010.

Sign Up for The Brief

Our daily news summary