Ron Paul has served as a U.S. House representative on multiple occasions, but took a break from elected office and returned to his former career as a physician in 1985, though he did run for President in 1988 as the Libertarian Party nominee.
Paul is a Libertarian-leaning Republican who maintains a loyal base which provide him stable support and make him a difficult candidate to predict in terms of how he will perform in the caucuses. Paul is the oldest of the candidates running for the Republican nomination.
U.S. House, 1976-77, 1979-85, 1997 to present.
His federal political action committee is called Leadership PAC. In the 2009-2010 election cycle it collected at least $117,500. His campaign committee raised $457,329, as of reports through mid-October.
By the most recent June 30 reporting date, Paul had raised $4,514,166.
Biographical Directory of U.S. Congress, biography.org, SourceWatch.org, OpenSecrets.org
Date of Birth:
August 20, 1935
Bachelor's degree in biology, 1957, Gettysburg College. Medical degree, 1961, Duke University.
Wife, Carol; five children.
Official Web Site: www.ronpaul2012.com
Paul promotes himself as the leading spokesman in Washington for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets and a return to monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency.
Some of his libertarian views are considered impractical by Republican Party congressional leaders, including abolishing the income tax, returning to the gold standard and eliminating the United Nations.
Paul's Internet-driven 2008 campaign became known as the "Ron Paul Revolution," drawing legions of young followers and raising millions of dollars. His large social media following didn't translate into electoral wins, however. He finished fifth in the Iowa caucuses with 10 percent of the vote.
He has opposed the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan and believes the United States should not meddle in the affairs of other nations.
He's a strict anti-abortionist.
He has been referred to as "Dr. No" because of his assertion he will not vote for legislation unless it is specifically authorized by the U.S. Constitution.
Paul has advocated that government recognize contracts between two people and grant divorces but otherwise have no say in marriage, including situations when the contract is between two people of the same sex.
He is a medical doctor who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology.