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Rand Paul
Rand Paul.jpg
U.S. Senate, Kentucky
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 3
PredecessorJim Bunning (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 2016
Campaign $$7,809,324
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBrazoswood High School
M.D.Duke University
BirthdayJanuary 7, 1963
Place of birthPittsburgh, PA
Net worth$398,003
Office website
Campaign website
Randal Howard "Rand" Paul (b. January 7, 1963, in Pittsburgh, PA) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Kentucky. Paul was first elected to the Senate in 2010.

Paul is considering a run for president in 2016. He has said he plans to make a decision at some point in 2014.[2][3] He declared in late May 2013 that he will seek re-election in 2016 to the United States Senate.[4]

On February 12, 2014, Paul officially filed a class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration over National Security Agency data collection.[5][6]

On March 6, 2013, Paul led a filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan, that lasted 12 hours and 52 minutes - the ninth longest Senate filibuster on record.[7] In addition to delaying the final vote on Brennan's confirmation, Paul's stated intention was to highlight his concerns about the Obama Administration's drone policies.[7]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Paul is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Paul was born in 1963 in Pittsburgh, PA, and grew up in Lake Jackson, TX. He attended Baylor University, although he did not receive an undergraduate degree.[1] Paul received his M.D. from Duke University Medical School. Prior to his election to the Senate, Paul worked as an ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, Kentucky[8]

Paul is the son of former Republican Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul.[9]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Paul's professional and political career[8]:

  • Ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, KY
  • U.S. Senate, 2011-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Paul serves on the following Senate committees[10][11]:

  • Committee on Foreign Relations
    • The Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs
    • The Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues Ranking Member
    • The Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps
    • The Subcommittee on African Affairs
  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
    • Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
    • Subcommittee on Children and Families
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia
    • Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce
    • Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee


Paul served on the following Senate committees[12]:

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[13] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Paul's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[14]

National security

Committee vote on Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Nay3.png On September 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved an authorization for President Obama to use limited force against Syria.[15][16]

The vote came after a three-hour briefing with top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.[17]

Of the nine Democratic members and eight Republican members that make up the committee, seven Democrats and three Republicans voted in favor, while five Republicans and two Democrats opposed the authorization.[17] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). Paul was one of the five Republicans who opposed the authorization.[18]


Farm bill

Nay3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[19] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[20] Paul voted with 22 other Republican senators against the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[21][22] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[22] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[23] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Paul voted with 25 other Republican members against the bill.[21][22]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[24] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Paul voted with the Republican Party against the bill.[25]

Statement on government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

After the government shutdown went into effect, Paul said on October 1, 2013, that he would support a short-term funding measure “to keep the government open while we negotiate.”[26]

“I think what we could do is pass a very short term, maybe not six weeks, but what about one week, so we could negotiate over a week," Paul said. "I think a continuing bill to keep the government open while we negotiate is a good idea. I do agree that negotiating with the government closed probably to [Democrats] appears like strong-arm tactics.”[26]

“I think if we did it for a week or two, we could still continue to negotiate, have a conference committee and really I think the American people do want us to work this out,” Paul added.[26]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Nay3.png Paul voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[27]

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Nay3.png In March 2013 the U.S. Senate soundly rejected a balanced budget plan by House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan (R).[28] Five Republicans joined every Democrat present to kill the measure, which failed on a 40-59 vote.[28]

Paul was one of the five Senate Republicans who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[28]

The proposed budget would have cut about $5 trillion over the next decade and aimed to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.[29]

Some tea party members of the GOP opposed the measure because of its reliance on $600 billion-plus in tax revenues on the wealthy enacted in January 2013, in order to balance the budget.[28] Others in the Senate opposed the Ryan plan because of cuts from safety net programs for the poor and the inclusion of a plan to turn the Medicare program for the elderly into a voucher-like system for future beneficiaries born in 1959 or later.[28]


Mexico-U.S. border

Yea3.png Paul voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[27]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Nay3.png Paul voted against S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[27]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Paul voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of five Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[30]


On The Issues Vote Match

Rand Paul's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Paul is a Libertarian Conservative. Paul received a score of 59 percent on social issues and 89 percent on economic issues.[31]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[32]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[31]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Rand Paul endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [33]



On December 8, 2013, Paul stated his family will determine whether or not he will run for president, claiming, "The thought has crossed my mind ... I'm not ready to make a decision yet."[34] There have been 16 Senators elected to the presidency, including Barack Obama.[35] Paul's father, former Representative Ron Paul, ran for the presidency three times, including once as a Libertarian in 1988.[36]


Paul's chief of staff, Doug Stafford--who is widely seen as Paul’s closest adviser--announced plans to resign in order to manage Paul’s national political operation, according to reports from May 2, 2013.[37] Stafford will be focused on directing the senator’s organization in early-primary states, his calendar, and his communications.[37] He will also run Paul’s political-action committees — RAND PAC and Rand Paul for U.S. Senate — which are expected to grow and are the financial and political foundation for Paul’s likely presidential campaign if he chooses to run for President in 2016.[37]

In May and June 2013, Paul planned trips to several states for the beginning of a presidential exploration tour. States Paul planned to visit on the trip include California, Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.[38][39] During Paul's visit to Iowa on May 11, 2013, he criticized Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack.[40][41] During Paul's trip to the Granite State, New Hampshire state house representative Phil Straight (R) called Paul a "contender" for the 2016 presidential race.[42] He was also one of six Republicans headlining a major fundraising event in New York City on September 23, 2013.[43]

Time editorial

Paul wrote an editorial for Time magazine in which he called out the militarization of local police departments as well as race relations between law enforcement and minorities. Paul argued that the federal government was encouraging the local departments to create "small armies" through a program with the Defense Department. Coming on the heels of the police shooting and public rioting in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, he claimed, "Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies — where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond what most of Americans think of as law enforcement." In discussing race relations, he wrote, "Anyone who thinks that race does not still, even if inadvertently, skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention." He continued, pointing out that "it is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them."[44]

Public statements about possible run

  • In an interview in April 2013, Paul answered when asked whether he'll run for president, “We are considering it. You know, I want to be part of the national debate. So whether I run or not, being considered is something that allows me to have a larger microphone.”[37]
  • On December 8, 2013, Paul said the life of a national politician can be an “ordeal,” and the impact of uncivil treatment on his family could nix any 2016 presidential run. “It really is an ordeal to be part of public life. ... I also hate it when family is attacked, and they get into the news,” he said.[34]

Comments on possible campaign

  • When asked whether Paul would run, Paul's father, former Representative Ron Paul, stated, "I think he probably will. I mean he’s been on TV hinting that he very well might. I think he is handling himself quite well."[45]


  • Paul took issue with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's use of federal disaster relief funding to pay for a tourism marketing campaign following Hurricane Sandy. Of the use of $25 million on the campaign, Paul stated, "In New Jersey, $25 million was spent on ads that included somebody running for political office. Do you think there might be a conflict of interest there?"[46]
  • Paul faced strong criticism in 2013 for plagiarism in his speeches, newspaper articles and even his book "Government Bullies." He announced plans to change the way his office works in guarding against plagiarism, stating, "We’re now going to footnote everything and make sure it has a reference because I do take this personally, and I don’t want to be accused of misrepresenting myself." After it was discovered speeches in Joe Biden's 1988 presidential campaign were plagiarised, he dropped out of the race and didn't run again until 2008.[47]

Public opinion polls

  • A July 2013 poll conducted by Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling found that Paul led other possible Republican presidential candidates by a margin of 16%. The other politicians in the poll included (in order of results) Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie (NJ), Rep. Paul Ryan (WI), Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) and Sen. Marco Rubio.[48]
  • A December 11, 2013, poll conducted by Quinnipiac showed Paul losing a hypothetical election against Hillary Clinton, with Paul receiving 41% to Clinton's 48%.[49]
  • A McClatchy-Marist poll released December 11, 2013, showed Paul losing to likely Republican challenger Chris Christie 12% to 18%.[49]
  • A March 2014 survey conducted by CNN showed Paul leading the GOP field for presidential hopefuls, edging out Paul Ryan by one point. With 16% support, Paul also polled much better than Chris Christie who only garnered 8%.[50]


On November 2, 2010, Paul won election to the United States Senate. The race attracted more than $8.5 million dollars in outside spending.[51]

Paul was a surprising victor over the favorite, former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, in the primary election.[52][53][54]

Paul defeated Jack Conway (D) and Billy Ray Wilson (Write-In) in the general election.[55]

U.S. Senate, Kentucky General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRand Paul 55.7% 755,706
     Democratic Jack Conway 44.2% 600,052
     Independent Billy Ray Wilson 0% 338
Total Votes 1,356,096
U.S. Senate, Kentucky Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRand Paul 58.8% 206,986
Trey Grayson 35.4% 124,864
Bill Johnson 2.2% 7,861
John Stephenson 2% 6,885
Gurley L. Martin 0.8% 2,850
Jon Scribner 0.8% 2,829
Total Votes 352,275

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Paul is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Paul raised a total of $7,809,324 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[56]

Rand Paul's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (Kentucky) Won $7,809,324
Grand Total Raised $7,809,324


Lobbyist contributions

In an analysis by Open Secrets of the Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013, Paul was 1 of 115 members of Congress who did not report any contributions from lobbyists in 2013 as of July 3, 2013.[57]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Paul's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $231,006 and $565,000. That averages to $398,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Paul ranked as the 86th most wealthy senator in 2012.[58] Between 2009 and 2012, Paul's calculated net worth[59] decreased by an average of 18 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[60]

Rand Paul Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-54%
Average annual growth:-18%[61]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[62]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Paul is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of July 23, 2014. This was the same rating Paul received in June 2013.[63]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[64]

Paul most often votes with:

Paul least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Paul missed 39 of 1,016 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 3.8 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0% among currently serving senators as of July 2014.[65]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Paul paid his congressional staff a total of $1,454,975 in 2011. He ranked fifth on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked fifth overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Kentucky ranked 40th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[66]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Paul ranked 19th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[67]


Paul ranked 6th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[68]


Paul ranked 32nd in the conservative rankings in 2011.[69]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Paul voted with the Republican Party 83.0 percent of the time, which ranked 35th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of July 2014.[70]


Paul voted with the Republican Party 83.6 percent of the time, which ranked 38th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[71]


Paul has been married to his wife Kelley (nee Ashby) since 1993. They live in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and have three sons: William, Duncan, and Robert.[8]

Paul is the first Senator to have served simultaneously with a parent, Ron Paul (R), in the United States House of Representatives.[72][73]

Strategy Group for Media

In July 2013, it was announced that Kelley Paul was no longer a staff member of Strategy Group for Media, a conservative consulting firm. The firm has previously worked on Sen. Paul's television ads in his 2010 race, Senate candidate Todd Akin's campaign and Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential bid, among other campaigns.[74]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Bunning
U.S. Senate - Kentucky
Succeeded by