Santorum was born in Winchester, VA in 1958. After graduating high school, he earned his Bachleor's from Penn State University, his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. from the Dickenson School of Law. Following school Santorum worked in a private practice. Santorum's public service career begain in 1990 when he was elected to represent Pennsylvania’s 18th district in the House of Representatives where he would serve two terms. In 1994, Santorum won a seat in the U.S. Senate in a surprising upset over incumbent Harris Wofford. Santorum was reelected in 2000 but lost a bid for a third term in 2006. Santorum is running for President in 2012.

Election Info

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President

Political Party

Republican

Current Position

Former U.S. Senator
Candidate is no longer pursuing election.

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Full Name: 
Richard John Santorum
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, May 10, 1958

Winchester, Virginia

Residence: 
Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
Alma Mater: 
Penn State University (B.A.)
University of Pittsburgh (M.B.A.)
Dickinson School of Law (J.D.)
Profession: 

Lawyer

Religion: 

Catholic

On the Issues

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Santorum is against a pathway to citizenship or guest worker programs for illegal immigrants, but would grant visas for skilled workers.

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Santorum wants to see the estate, capital gains and dividends taxes cut as well as an overall decrease in government spending.

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Santorum has called Iraq "Islamic Fascism" and has proposed increased funding for missile defense and military troops to combat nuclear forces in the Mideast.

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Santorum is strongly against the idea of climate change and has consistently voted against enforcing emissions and pollution standards.

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Legislative Career

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U.S. Senate
1995 to 2007
Pennsylvania
U.S. House of Representatives
1991 to 1995
Pennsylvania
- District 18

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