|Former candidate for|
|President of the United States|
|Governor of Massachusetts|
|January 2, 2003 – January 4, 2007|
|Bachelor's||Brigham Young University (1971)|
|Master's||Harvard Business School (1975)|
|J.D.||Harvard Law School (1975)|
|Date of birth||March 12, 1947|
|Place of birth||Detroit, Michigan|
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.
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.
- Bachelor's degree, Brigham Young University, 1971
- Master's in Business Administration, Harvard Business School, 1975
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 1975
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
“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.”
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.”
On January 30, 2015, Romney held a conference call with donors and journalists where he expressed his reasons for not seeking the candidacy in 2016. "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said.
Prior to his final decision, the former Governor of Massachusetts Romney stated on September 8, 2014, when asked about the potential of running in 2016, "Let me tell you, it was a great experience running for president. I loved that. But my time has come and gone. I had that opportunity. I ran, I didn't win." Romney's name garnered attention in regard to the race after his name was placed on a straw poll in Iowa on September 1, 2014. A September 22, 2014 opinion piece in The Hill called the potential duo of Romney and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval a "perfect Republican dream team." There have been 17 presidents who previously served as governors.
|U.S. presidential election, 2012|
|Party||Candidate||Vote %||Votes||Electoral votes|
|Democratic||Barack 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|
|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.
Romney formally announced his 2008 run for U.S. President on February 13, 2007 at the Henry Ford Museum outside of Detroit, Michigan. Ultimately losing the Republican nomination to John McCain, Romney spent $110 million during his campaign, $45 million of which was his own money.
Romney was elected as Governor of Massachusetts on November 5, 2002.
|Governor/Lt. Governor of Massachusetts, 2002|
|Republican||Mitt 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|
|Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth|
Romney ran for U.S. Senate in 1994. He was defeated by Edward Kennedy (D).
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|Mitt Romney's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Massachusetts
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$5,910,550 (Democrat)|
|Top 5 contributors||Mitt Romney||$6,150,570|
|Boston Harbor Hotel||$1,005|
Romney and his wife, Ann, have five sons. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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- New York Magazine, "George Romney for President, 1968," May 20, 2012
- Biography.com, "Mitt Romney," accessed July 27, 2012
- Politico, "Mitt Romney criticizes shutdown effort," accessed September 28, 2013
- Roll Call, "Mitt Romney Endorses in House GOP Primary in Idaho," accessed November 19, 2013
- Politico, "Mitt Romney backs Mike Simpson in Idaho race," accessed November 19, 2013
- The Huffington Post, "Mitt Romney Is Not Running For President In 2016," January 30, 2015
- Breitbart, "MITT ROMNEY ON 2016: 'MY TIME HAS COME AND GONE'," September 8, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Romney 2016? Nooooo!," September 1, 2014
- The Hill, "Romney/Sandoval 2016," September 22, 2014
- Center on the American Governor, "The Governors Who Became President: Brief Biographies," accessed October 30, 2013
- ABC News, "Mitt Romney Announces Presidential Run," June 2, 2011
- Boston.com, "Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as running mate," August 11, 2012
- USA Today, "Romney's VP pick likely to go to safest candidate," July 14, 2012
- The Cincinnati Herald, "Obama re-elected to historic second term," November 10, 2012
- FEC, "2012 Presidential Election Results," accessed June 24, 2013
- Boston.com, "Romney formally announces run for president," February 13, 2007 (dead link)
- Follow the Money.org