Candidate for 2016 Presidential Election
Experience: Candidate, United States Senate, 2010
Campaign Status: Running
Home State: Virginia
Total Raised: $12,119,567Coverage End: Thursday, June 30, 2016


    Full Name: Cara Carleton 'Carly' Fiorina
    Gender: Female
    Family: Husband: Frank; 2 Stepchildren: Traci, Lori (deceased)
    Birth Date: 09/06/1954
    Birth Place: Austin, TX
    Home City: Los Altos Hills, CA


    Attended, University of California, Los Angeles
    Bachelors, Philosophy/Medieval Studies, Stanford University
    MBA, University of Maryland
    MS, Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Attended, University of California, Los Angeles
    Bachelors, Philosophy/Medieval Studies, Stanford University
    MBA, University of Maryland
    MS, Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Political Experience

    Candidate, United States Senate, 2010

Professional Experience

    Former Employee, AT&T
    Bookkeeper, Local Hair Salon
    Former Employee, Lucent Technologies
    Former Secretary, Real Estate Business
    Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett-Packard, 1999-2005

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

    Chair, American Conservative Union Foundation, present
    Advisory Board Member, Central Intelligence Agency, present
    Chair, Good360, present
    Chair, Opportunity International, present
    Chair, Unlocking Potential Project, present
    Former Member, Advisory Group for Transformational Diplomacy, Department of State
    Former Board Member, Business Executives for National Security
    Former Member, Defense Business Board
    Chair, Fiorina Foundation
    Former Board Member, Ford's Theatre
    Former Board Member, Freedom House
    Former Vice Chair, Initiative for Global Development
    Former Global Envoy, Livestrong
    Former Trustee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Former Board Member, National Symphony Orchestra
    Former Chair, One Woman Initiative
    Former Board Chair, Technology Policy Institute
    Founding Partner, The African Leadership Academy
    Former Board Member, Vital Voices

Additional Information


    Tough Choices: A Memoir (2006);
    Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey (2015)

Reason for Seeking Public Office:

Our founders never intended us to have a professional political class. They believed that citizens and leaders needed to step forward. If you believe that it's time for citizens to stand up to the political class and say enough, then join us.

About Carly Fiorina

Born Cara Carleton Sneed, Carly Fiorina (who changed her name in 1985 when she married her current husband, Frank Fiorina) stands poised to bring the rare blend of feminine gender and high-level business credentials to the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Thoroughly educated in Business Administration and Marketing, she has served in executive positions for AT&T and that company's spinoff, Lucent, and most prominently held the role of Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005.

One of Fiorina's major liabilities is a complete lack of a political resume, as she has never held any public office. Following her advocacy and work for John McCain's presidential campaign, she did try for the California Senate seat then held by Democrat Barbara Boxer, but was soundly defeated. As such, she lacks a history of policy implementation and a voting record to define her political leanings, but her stated positions are solidly conservative. She opposes abortion, is critical of fears over climate change, and worries that proposed efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions – particularly the controversial “cap and trade” system - would be prohibitively costly in the amount of jobs that stand to be lost. She has stated that she herself voted for a measure in California to legally define marriage as a heterosexual union between one man and one woman, a measure which passed at the ballot box but was subsequently ruled unconstitutional by a federal court.

Total: 20
'As HP chief executive, Carly Fiorina stood up to fierce opposition and paid for it with her job

The choice to champion a mega-merger with a rival ultimately led to Fiorina's ouster, and the much-criticized deal remains a liability in her campaign to become the GOP's presidential nominee.

By Drew Harwell and Danielle Paquette | The Washington Post
Fiorina And Carson Defend Saudi Government, Which Cites Sharia Law To Execute 47 People

“Saudi Arabia is our ally, despite the fact that they don’t always behave in a way that we condone," Fiorina said.

By Jessica Schulberg | The Huffington Post
Fiorina defends lack of policy proposals

GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says her lack of a concrete policy proposal is not an impediment to her presidential campaign.

By Bradford Richardson | The Hill
Carly Fiorina Says She Was Wrong on '92%' Claim

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina acknowledged that she was incorrect during last week’s primary debate when she claimed “92 percent of the jobs lost during President Barack Obama’s first term belonged to women.” 

By Jordyn Phelps | ABC News
How Carly Fiorina Is Redefining Feminism

Debates seem to be Carly Fiorina’s best moments. After the last one, her poll numbers shot up, and the Internet was buzzing with analyses of her strong performance. 

By Christina Hoff Sommers and Christine Rosen | POLITICO
Fiorina: Benghazi hearing confirms Hillary 'lied'

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina says the 11-hour Benghazi hearing on Thursday proves that former secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied about the role of an anti-Islam video in the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya.

By Bradford Richardson | The Hill
Fiorina's answer to Trump: 'Ladies, look at this face'
By Hadas Gold | POLITICO
Fiorina debate stage challenge: How to deal with Trump
By Jonathan Easley | The Hill
Fiorina supporters slam 'ludicrous' CNN debate methodology
By Kevin Cirilli | The Hill
Fiorina Trump Fight: Ann Coulter Defends The Donald On Immigration, Calls Fiorina Campaign 'Affirmative Action'

Carly Fiorina may have pulled off a debate performance that thrust her into the top tier of the Republican presidential candidates, but Ann Coulter is not impressed.

Fiorina: Clinton 'lied' about Benghazi and emails
By Jennifer Shutt | POLITICO
Carly Fiorina: Vaccinations should be left up to parents
By Eliza Collins | POLITICO
Can Carly Fiorina Seize Her Moment?
By Russell Berman, The Atlantic | National Journal
Fiorina's Rise Has Just Begun
By Lara Brown | U.S. News
The Chase: Fiorina Rising, Paul Sinking

Carly Fiorina is up and Rand Paul is down.

By David Catanese | U.S. News
Fiorina surges, Paul sags in new GOP poll
By ANDREW MALCOLM | www.investors.com
Why Carly Fiorina can't lose
By Eddie Zipperer | THE HILL
Total: 20
Issue Title Candidate's Answers
1. Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

2. Stricter punishment reduces crime

Strongly Support
3. Marijuana is a gateway drug

No Opinion
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy

Strongly Oppose
5. Stimulus better than market-led recovery

6. Vouchers for school choice

7. Make voter registration easier

No Opinion
8. Prioritize green energy

9. Avoid foreign entanglements

10. Expand the military

11. Support & expand free trade

12. Support American Exceptionalism

No Opinion
13. Absolute right to gun ownership

Strongly Support
14. Expand ObamaCare

Strongly Oppose
15. Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Strongly Oppose
16. EPA regulations are too restrictive

No Opinion
17. Keep God in the public sphere

No Opinion
18. Legally require hiring more women & minorities

No Opinion
19. Comfortable with same-sex marriage

20. Privatize Social Security

No Opinion
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