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Rick Santorum
Richard J. Santorum.jpg
U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania
Former officeholder
Prior offices
U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania
Representative, United States House of Representatives
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 the state of Pennsylvania. Casey was first elected to the Senate in 1994. He served until 2006, when he lost his seat to Democrat Bob Casey, Jr..[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 Wichester, Virginia but 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 M.B.A. 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]

Santorum ran for Congress in 1990, successfully defeating the Democratic, seven-term incumbent of the 18th Congressional District of Pennsylvania for his first elected seat on the U.S. House of Representatives.[4]



In May 2013, Santorum endorsed conservative columnist Quin Hillyer in the special election for [[Alabama's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013|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,” Santorum said in a written statement. “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.”[5]



See also: Possible 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates

During a December 2014 interview with The Washington Post, Santorum indicated that he would run in 2016. He said, "America loves an underdog. We’re definitely the underdog in this race."[7] Santorum ran for the Republican nomination in 2012, but he was defeated by Mitt Romney.[8] Sixteen senators have been elected to the presidency, including President Barack Obama.[9]


Santorum visited Iowa in August 2014 for the Iowa State Fair.[10]

Public statements on a possible run

  • When asked on September 11, 2014, whether he would consider another presidential campaign, Santorum said, "as someone who’s looking at the 2016 presidential race, and looking at the field, and seeing really no one there that has any kind of national security experience, it certainly encourages me to take a more serious look."[11]
  • Santorum accused Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), another potential 2016 candidate, of "backtracking" on his national security. He said, "I admire him in a sense for taking those positions, for trying to move the Republican Party in the direction he thinks is best, but now that things have heated up, he’s trying to put the genie back in the bottle. And I think the bottom line is, and this goes for President Obama too, that just because a war isn’t hot doesn’t mean it’s not still percolating."[11]


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 had 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 soon prevail as the party's nominee.[2]


Santorum endorsed former primary opponent Mitt Romney on May 7, 2012.[12]


U.S. Senate election

On November 7, 2006, Santorum was unseated by Bob Casey, Jr. in the general election.[13]

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.[14]

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

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Santorum resides in Great Falls, Virginia. He and wife Karen Garver Santorum have 7 Children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, Patrick, Isabella.[15]

External links


  1. Project Vote Smart, "Rick Santorum Biography," accessed September 11, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Caucus, "Santorum to suspend presidential campaign," April 10, 2012
  3. Desmoines Register, "Iowa Caucus 2012-Santorum refuses to compromise on principles," October 7, 2008
  4. 4.0 4.1 Web Archive Senator Biography, "About Rick Santorum," accessed September 11, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2, "Rick Santorum endorses Quin Hillyer in AL-01 congressional race," accessed August 19, 2013
  6. The American Spectator, "Rick Santorum endorses Quin Hillyer," accessed August 19, 2013
  7. The Washington Post, "Rick Santorum is running for president again — and says this time will be different," December 10, 2014
  8. USA Today, "Santorum: Family holds key on another White House bid," November 18, 2013
  9. United States Senate, "Senators Who Became President," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. The Hill, "Rick Perry's Iowa comeback," August 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Breitbart, "SANTORUM TAKING 'A MORE SERIOUS LOOK' AT 2016 RUN," September 11, 2014
  12. [ Los Angeles Times, "Rick Santorum endorses Mitt Romney in late-night email," May 07, 2012]
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ricky
Political offices
Preceded by
Harris Wofford
U.S. Senate - Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Bob Casey, Jr.-