Mitt Romney

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Mitt Romney
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Candidate for
President of the United States
Prior offices
Governor of Massachusetts
January 2, 2003 – January 4, 2007
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University (1971)
Master'sHarvard Business School (1975)
J.D.Harvard Law School (1975)
Date of birthMarch 12, 1947
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
Personal website
Campaign website
Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) was a 2012 Republican candidate for President of the United States. He served as Governor of Massachusetts from January 2, 2003 to January 4, 2007.


Romney was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 12, 1947. His father, George Romney, was the 43rd Governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969 and US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1969 to 1973. He ran for the Republican nomination for president in 1968.[1]

Mitt Romney began his career working for management consulting firm Bain & Company, going on to found investment firm Bain Capital in 1984. In 1999 he served as President of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, overseeing the 2002 Winter Olympics.[2]


  • Bachelor's degree, Brigham Young University, 1971
  • Master's in Business Administration, Harvard Business School, 1975
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1975


Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

On September 27, 2013, Romney spoke out against Republicans’ strategy in Congress to defund Obamacare, saying that it is not “effective.”[3]

“We’re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the … anti-Obamacare objective,” Romney said. “I don’t think that will be as effective.”[3]


See also: Idaho's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Romney endorsed Mike Simpson (R-ID) in a fundraising email on November 18, 2013. In the message he said, “Congressman Mike Simpson is a proven conservative and ‘Idaho tough. But some groups from outside Idaho have decided to attack Mike and distort his conservative record. He needs our help to fight back and set the record straight.”[4][5]



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

Romney ran for President of the United States in 2012.[6] On August 11, 2012, Romney selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate.[7][8]

Barack Obama ran and won re-election on the Democratic ticket. Gary Johnson ran as a Libertarian and Jill Stein ran for the Green Party.[9]

U.S. presidential election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes Electoral votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarack Obama/Joe Biden Incumbent 51.3% 65,899,660 332
     Republican Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan 47.4% 60,932,152 206
     Libertarian Gary Johnson/Jim Gray 1% 1,275,804 0
     Green Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala 0.4% 469,501 0
Total Votes 128,577,117 538
Election Results Via: FEC official election results

Other candidates that appeared on the ballot received less than 0.1% of the vote. Those candidates included: Roseanne Barr, Rocky Anderson, Thomas Hoefling, Jerry Litzel, Jeff Boss, Merlin Miller, Randall Terry, Jill Reed, Richard Duncan, Andre Barnett, Chuck Baldwin, Barbara Washer, Tom Stevens, Virgil Goode, Will Christensen, Stewart Alexander, James Harris, Jim Carlson, Sheila Tittle, Peta Lindsay, Gloria La Riva, Jerry White, Dean Morstad and Jack Fellure.[10]


Romney formally announced his 2008 run for U.S. President on February 13, 2007 at the Henry Ford Museum outside of Detroit, Michigan.[11] Ultimately losing the Republican nomination to John McCain, Romney spent $110 million during his campaign, $45 million of which was his own money.[2]


Romney was elected as Governor of Massachusetts on November 5, 2002.

Governor/Lt. Governor of Massachusetts, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMitt Romney and Kerry Healey 49.8% 1,091,988
     Democratic Shannon O'Brien and Chris Gabrieli 45% 985,981
     Massachusetts Green Jill Stein and Tony Lorenzen 3.5% 76,530
     Libertarian Carla Howell and Rich Aucoin 1.1% 23,044
     Unenrolled Barbara Johnson and Joe Schebel 0.7% 15,335
Total Votes 2,192,878
Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth


Romney ran for U.S. Senate in 1994. He was defeated by Edward Kennedy (D).[2]

Campaign donors

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Romney and his wife, Ann, have five sons. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[2]

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