Romney was born in 1947 and grew up in Michigan. He served as a Mormon missionary in France and studied at both Stanford and BYU. After receiving his JD/MBA from Harvard Romney entered management consulting, where he soon became CEO of Bain & Company and co-founded Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm. He also served as CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Romney challenged incumbent Ted Kennedy in 1994 for a Massachusetts senate seat, but lost by a substantial margin. He ran for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and won 50% to 45%. Romney lasted one term as governor before choosing to run for President in 2008, eventually losing to McCain.

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Former Governor of Massachusetts
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Full Name: 
Willard Mitt Romney
Date of Birth: 
Wednesday, March 12, 1947

Detroit, Michigan

California and New Hampshire
Alma Mater: 
Brigham Young University (B.A.)
Harvard Business School (M.B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)




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Romney believes all illegal immigrants should be deported.

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Romney is a strong believer in Reaganomics, a philosophy that includes cutting taxes across the board, cutting money for federal programs and a reduction in pork-barrel spending.

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Romney views radical Jihad terrorists as the biggest threat to American security and has proposed to increase military spending to 4% of our national GDP.

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Romney believes that America needs to be energy independent and supports offshore and arctic drilling.

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Legislative Career

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2003 to 2007