Rick Santorum

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Rick Santorum
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U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania
Former officeholder
Prior offices
U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania
January 3, 1995 - January 3, 2007
U.S. Representative, Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District
January 3, 1991 - January 3, 1995
High schoolCarmel High School
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State University, 1980
Master'sUniversity of Pittsburgh, 1981
J.D.Dickinson School of Law, 1986
Date of birthMay 10, 1958
Place of birthWinchester, Virginia
ProfessionAttorney, Ethics and Public Policy Center Senior Fellow
ReligionRoman Catholic
Personal website
Campaign website
Richard 'Rick' J. Santorum (b. May 10, 1958) is a former two-term Republican member of the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania. Santorum was first elected to the Senate in 1994, and he served until 2006 when he lost his seat to Bob Casey Jr. (D). Santorum was also a member of the United States House of Representatives representing Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District from January 3, 1991 to January 3, 1995.[1]

Santorum sought the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012. He ended his campaign on April 10, 2012.[2]


Santorum was born in Winchester, Virginia and grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. He attended Penn State University for his undergraduate studies, receiving a bachelor's degree in political science in 1980. He later earned his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law in 1986. After graduating from Dickinson, Santorum returned to western Pennsylvania to begin his legal career.[3]

Prior to running for public office, Santorum was a private practice attorney in Pittsburgh. While working at the firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart, K&L Gates, he met his future wife, Karen Garver, with whom he now has seven children.[4]



In May 2013, Santorum endorsed conservative columnist Quin Hillyer in the special election for Alabama's 1st Congressional District.[5][6]

He announced the endorsement through his Patriot Voices political action committee.[5] "I’ve gotten to know Quin over the last few years and have been enormously impressed with his willingness to fearlessly and without hesitation advance the conservative cause. As a critic of Washington business-as-usual, Quin will bring that same courageous approach as an advocate for free markets, limited government and reform of the welfare and tax system to Congress," Santorum said in a written statement.[5]




See also: Rick Santorum possible presidential campaign, 2016 and Presidential election, 2016

Santorum is considered a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016.


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

Santorum launched his campaign to run in the 2012 presidential election on June 6, 2011. He won 11 states and was one of the last remaining candidates in the Republican primary field on April 10, 2012, when he abruptly announced the suspension of his campaign. His withdrawal from the race came amid increasing campaign finance struggles, as well as a variety of factors indicating that Mitt Romney would prevail as the party's nominee.[2]


Santorum endorsed former primary opponent Mitt Romney on May 7, 2012.[7]


U.S. Senate election

On November 7, 2006, Santorum was unseated by Bob Casey, Jr. (D) in the general election.[8]

U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngBob Casey, Jr. 58.7% 2,392,984
     Republican Rick Santorum Incumbent 41.3% 1,684,778
Total Votes 4,077,762


On November 7, 2000, Rick Santorum won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Ron Klink (D), John J. Featherman (L), Robert E. Domske (Reform) and Lester B. Searer (Constitution) in the general election.[9]

U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania General Election, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Santorum incumbent 52.4% 2,481,962
     Democratic Ron Klink 45.5% 2,154,908
     Libertarian John J. Featherman 1% 45,775
     Reform Robert E. Domske 0.5% 24,089
     Constitution Lester B. Searer 0.6% 28,382
Total Votes 4,735,116


Santorum resides in Great Falls, Virginia. He and wife Karen Garver Santorum have seven children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, Patrick and Isabella.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Harris Wofford
U.S. Senate - Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Bob Casey Jr.