|U.S. Senate, Kentucky|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Jim Bunning (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 2016|
|High school||Brazoswood High School|
|Birthday||January 7, 1963|
|Place of birth||Pittsburgh, PA|
Paul was born in 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas. He attended Baylor University and 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
Below is an abbreviated outline of Paul's professional and political career:
- Ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, KY
- U.S. Senate, 2011-Present
Paul serves on the following Senate committees:
- United States Senate 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:
- Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
- Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee
Paul considers himself a "libertarian Republican."
In May 2013, Paul said that he supports stronger border-security provisions and more work visas. He said he would not support immigration legislation without those provisions. "The main problem with illegal immigration is that we don't have enough legal immigration," Paul said. In June 2013, Paul said he would support comprehensive immigration reform if his amendment increasing congressional oversight on border security is accepted. Paul's amendment, if approved, would require the Department of Homeland Security to implement border security measures such as additional fencing along the U.S-Mexico border. Congress would also be given a yearly report before voting whether the agency met its goals. The number of legal work visas approved would be tied to whether metrics are met.
In June 2013 The Guardian reported about a secret surveillance program where the NSA obtained phone records of millions of customers. Paul is considering a class-action lawsuit against the National Security Agency over the large-scale surveillance program that was gathering data on American citizens. Paul also said he would consider taking it to the Supreme Court. Paul called the NSA surveillance program an "astounding assault on the Constitution."
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 a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.
Paul Ryan Budget Proposal
In March 2013 the U.S. Senate soundly rejected a balanced budget plan by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R). Five Republicans joined every Democrat present to kill the measure, which failed on a 40-59 vote.
The budget cuts about $5 trillion over the next decade and aims to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.
Some GOP tea partyers 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.
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.
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. 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. Particularly, whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists have been critical that President Obama did not offer a clear response to the question. "I’ve come here to speak for as long as I can to draw attention to something that I find to really be very disturbing," he stated during the speech. "Your notification is the buzz of propellers on the drone as it flies overhead in the seconds before you're killed. Is that what we really want from our government?" Paul prompted ominously He went on to denounce lack of transparency in the drone program, asking "What will be the standard for how we kill Americans in America?... Could political dissent be part of the standard for drone strikes?" Paul concluded his remarks asking for his counterparts on the other side of the aisle to join him in his efforts to obtain clarification from the president.
A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat --  and 30 Republican Senators reportedly did not support the filibuster. Most prominent among Paul's GOP colleagues to rebuke him for his tactics were Senators John McCain (AZ) and Lindsey Graham (SC). The day after the filibuster, McCain gave a speech in which he accused Paul of fear-mongering, pointing to his previous day's remarks about the United States government being able to use a drone to kill an American citizen who spoke out against government policy. He stated, "To somehow say that someone who disagrees with American policy and even may demonstrate against it, is somehow a member of an organization which makes that individual an enemy combatant is simply false." Reinforcing McCain's argument, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."
Paul's fellow Senator from Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) supported the filibuster, advising Senate Republicans to hold off on Brennan's confirmation vote until the Obama Administration addresses Paul’s concerns on drone use. Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (TX), Marco Rubio (FL), Pat Toomey (PA), and nine others, including Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, also participated.
Paul is a possible GOP nominee for the presidential ticket in 2016. 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. Stafford will be focused on directing the senator’s organization in early-primary states, his calendar, and his communications. 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.
In an interview in April 2013, Rand 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.”
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. 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. 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.
Iowa's GOP Lincoln Day Dinner 2013
Paul was the headliner of the annual Iowa Lincoln Day Dinner. This year was the first time in recent years that it sold out almost two weeks in advance. The main topic of his speech was immigration reform, a hot topic due to the Gang of Eight legislation, where he outlined his own version of immigration reform which included a path to citizenship.
Paul defeated Jack Conway (D) and Billy Ray Wilson (Write-In) in the general election.
|U.S. Senate General Election, Kentucky, 2010|
|Independent||Billy Ray Wilson||0%||338|
|U.S. Senate Republican Primary Election, Kentucky, 2010|
|Gurley L. Martin||0.8%||2,850|
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.
|Rand Paul's Campaign Contribution History|
|2010||U.S. Senate (Kentucky)||$7,809,324|
|Grand Total Raised||$7,809,324|
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Paul missed 23 of 578 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 4.00%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.
Congressional staff salaries
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 ranks fifth on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks fifth overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Kentucky ranks 40th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Paul's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $433,025 and $1,295,000 That averages to $864,012, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 11.63% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Paul's networth as of 2010 was estimated between $278,019 and $1,269,999. That averages to $774,009. The average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 was $7,054,258.
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 6th in the conservative rankings in 2012.
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Paul ranked 32nd in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.
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- Rand Paul: Senate immigration bill 'has no chance in the House' - Raw Story
- Sen. Rand Paul questions Obama's leadership - Fox News
- Tea for 2? Kentucky Senators in a Marriage of Convenience - New York Times
- Kentucky's Sen. Rand Paul to speak at anti-IRS rally Wednesday - Examiner.com
- Rand Paul's NSA rebukes: Will the Kentucky Senator's comments help or hurt ... - WCPO
- Rand Paul: The Kentucky Senator and His Allies Are Redefining Libertarianism ... - PolicyMic
- Sen. Rand Paul offers border security amendment to Senate immigration bill - Washington Post (blog)
- Sen. Rand Paul on plans to file lawsuit over NSA snooping - Fox News
- Sen. Rand Paul to join lawsuit against NSA - The Courier-Journal
- Rand Paul: NSA Surveillance Programs Warrant Supreme Court Challenge - Huffington Post
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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.
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- ↑ Gov Track "Rand Paul," Accessed May 10, 2013
- ↑ Fox News "Rand Paul says he's considering a 2016 presidential bid," April 17, 2013
- ↑ Huffington Post "Rand Paul: 2016 Presidential Run Under Consideration, But No Decision Yet," April 17, 2013
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Official Senate website "About page," Accessed October 20, 2011
- ↑ Biography.com "Rand Paul" Accessed April 30, 2013
- ↑ Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- ↑ U.S. Senate Official website "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 20, 2011
- ↑ Washington Post "Sen. Rand Paul aggressively courting evangelicals to win over GOP establishment," May 12, 2013
- ↑ Huffington Post " Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Push For Hemp Legalization In Senate Fight," May 20, 2013
- ↑ Courier-Journal "With support from Sen. Rand Paul, hemp bill clears Kentucky Senate committee unanimously," February 11, 2013
- ↑ Wall Street Journal "Sen. Paul Calls for Tougher Borders, More Work Visas," May 26, 2013
- ↑ Washington Post "Sen. Rand Paul offers border security amendment to Senate immigration bill," June 12, 2013
- ↑ Huffington Post "Rand Paul: NSA Surveillance Programs Warrant Supreme Court Challenge ," June 9, 2013
- ↑ Daily Caller "Rand Paul threatens to challenge NSA at Supreme Court," June 9, 2013
- ↑ WDRB "U.S. Senator Rand Paul threatens legal action," June 9, 2013
- ↑ The Hill "Rand Paul: NSA phone spying an 'astounding assault on Constitution'," June 6, 2013
- ↑ Washington Post, "Rand Paul endorses Mitt Romney," June 7, 2012
- ↑ U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 CBS News "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget" Accessed March 22, 2013
- ↑ Washington Post "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget" Accessed March 22, 2013
- ↑ USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ↑ The Washington Times, "After almost 13 hours, Rand Paul ends Brennan filibuster," March 6, 2013
- ↑ FoxNews.com March 2013
- ↑ The New York Times, "Rand Paul does not go quietly into the night," March 6, 2013
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- ↑ ABC News "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
- ↑ Breitbart "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
- ↑ CNN "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- ↑ USA Today "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ↑ 30.0 30.1 Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- ↑ Washington Post "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with 'no'," March 7, 2013
- ↑ Roll Call, "GOP Should Support Paul's Filibuster, McConnell Says," March 7, 2013
- ↑ The Blaze, "Here Are All the GOP Senators That Participated in Rand Paul’s 12+ Hour Filibuster… and the Ones Who Didn’t," March 7, 2013
- ↑ ABC News "Sen. Rand Paul Questions Drone Policy, Says Scandals Threaten President Obama's 'Moral Authority'," May 26, 2013
- ↑ Daily Independent "Paul plans re-election bid for Senate," May 24, 2013
- ↑ 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 National Review "The Rand Machine Ramps Up" Accessed May 3, 2013
- ↑ 9News "GOP's Rand Paul raises profile with eye on 2016," May 10, 2013
- ↑ Washington Post "Sen. Rand Paul explores 2016 presidential road with Iowa GOP trip as Gov. Jindal visits NH," May 10, 2013
- ↑ NBC Politics "Rand Paul challenges Hillary Clinton in key Iowa speech," May 11, 2013
- ↑ WJLA "Rand Paul in Iowa today amid 2016 chatter," May 10, 2013
- ↑ Courier-Journal "Kentucky Senator Rand Paul seen as 'contender' in New Hampshire," May 27, 2013
- ↑ The New Republic, "President Rand Paul, Watch out, he's becoming a better politician every day," Accessed June 17, 2013
- ↑ Courier-Journal "Outside groups spend big in U.S. Senate race," October 29, 2010
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- ↑ Kentucky Elections "Primary Election Results," May 18, 2010
- ↑ Bluegrass Politics "Some conservatives wary of Grayson," June 28, 2009
- ↑ WDRB "Rand Paul defeats Trey Grayson," May 18, 2010
- ↑ Open Secrets "Rand Paul" Accessed April 3, 2013
- ↑ GovTrack, "Rand Paul," Accessed March 29, 2013
- ↑ LegiStorm "Rand Paul"
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Paul, (R-KY), 2011"
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), 2010"
- ↑ National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- ↑ National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
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