• SANTORUM, RICHARD J.
Candidate for 2016 Presidential Election
Experience: Campaign Volunteer, Senator John Heinz
Campaign Status: Running
Home State: Pennsylvania
Total Raised: $1,484,103Coverage End: Thursday, June 30, 2016

Personal

    Full Name: Richard 'Rick' J. Santorum
    Gender: Male
    Family: Wife: Karen; 8 Children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Gabriel (deceased), Sarah, Peter, Patrick, Isabella
    Birth Date: 05/10/1958
    Birth Place: Winchester, VA
    Home City: Mount Lebanon, PA
    Religion: Roman Catholic

Education

    JD, Dickinson School of Law, 1986
    MBA, University of Pittsburgh, 1981
    BA, Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1980

Political Experience

    Campaign Volunteer, Senator John Heinz
    Candidate, United States President, 2012
    Senator, United States Senate, 1994-2006
    Candidate, United States Senate, Pennsylvania, 2006
    Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1990-1994

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees

    Former Member, Congressional Volunteer Firefighters Caucus
    Founder, Congressional Working Group on Religious Freedom
    Former Member, National Republican Senatorial Committee
    Former Chair, Renewal Alliance
    Former Member, Senate Armed Services Committee, United States Senate
    Former Member, Senate Health Care Task Force
    Former Chair, Senate Republican Conference
    Former Member, Senate Rural Health Caucus
    Former Member, Senate Steel Caucus
    Director, Senate Local Government Committee, 1982-1986
    Director, Senate Transportation Committee, 1984-1986

Professional Experience

    Former Contributor, Fox News Network
    Former Host, "Morning in America"
    Senior Fellow, The Ethics and Public Policy Center
    Former Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer
    Attorney, Kirkpatrick and Lockhart, 1986-1989
    Administrative Assistant, State Senator J. Doyle Corman, 1981-1986

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

    Co-Founder, Patriot Voices, 2012-present
    Chair, America's Foundation Political Action Committee, present
    Member, Italian Heritage Society
    Member, Italian Sons and Daughters of America
    Board Member, Mount Lebanon Extended Day Program
    Member, Pennsylvania State Bar Association
    Member, Rotary International

Additional Information

Publications:

    Bella's Gift: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired a Nation
    It Takes a Family, American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom, and Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America that Works

About Rick Santorum

In the 2012 Republican presidential nomination race, Santorum finished a surprising second behind the eventual nominee, Mitt Romney, capturing six states and 234 delegates – even ahead of libertarian icon Ron Paul and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. This was achieved in spite of his record defeat (by an 18-point margin) for an incumbent in a Senate election in 30 years and his “Google-problem” - instigated by gay activist Dan Savage’s web campaign in 2003, which sought to popularize an alternate definition of “Santorum”, in retaliation to Santorum’s equating the issue of gay marriage to bestiality and pedophilia.

Santorum however, has never been one to shy away from a controversy. A passionate and opinionated man, even his critics readily admit that this articulate socio-fiscal conservative believes in his own convictions, and never plays to the gallery.

His stances on national security, economy, social issues and opposition against the gay agenda mirrors those of the Republican conservative grassroots, and being one of the few openly religious top level politician in the party accords him a strong claim on the religious base of the GOP. Santorum captivating oratory skills and charisma lends further weight to his credibility as a potential candidate.

Total: 11
Santorum Gave The Worst Response When Asked What Rubio Has Accomplished

Politician has successfully been a politician, his supporter says.

02/04/2016
By Alana Horowitz Satlin | The Huffington Post
Santorum still in for summit connected to anti-Muslim rhetoric

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum is one of the few GOP candidates planning to attend a summit next week connected to Frank J. Gaffney, a figure who has been labeled extremist for his views on Islam and whose group's work was referenced in Donald Trump's proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.

12/08/2015
By Daniel Strauss | POLITICO
Santorum asks Bill Clinton: 'What kind of darkness do you have in you?'

Clinton apparently said Santorum would be "found out" after the death of his newborn son.

12/07/2015
By Caitlin Yilek | The Hill
Rick Santorum to donors: 'I've taken on the ladies of The View'

The conservative backlash to CNBC's presidential debate has created plenty of political opportunity for Republicans. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) set the bar, telling reporters after a pheasant hunt — a gun slung over his shoulder — that Republicans deserved a debate moderated by Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh.

11/05/2015
By David Weigel | The Washington Post
Rick Santorum carries the torch against legal immigration
08/20/2015
By Amanda Sakuma | MSNBC
Santorum on Trump: 'I'd vote for him over Hillary Clinton'

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) said on Friday that he would back fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016 over Democrat Hillary Clinton if it came to that.

08/07/2015
By Mark Hensch | The Hill
From second place to back of the pack, Santorum fails to gain 2016 traction

CLEVELAND — On Monday, before he joined the GOP presidential front-runners in a New Hampshire forum, former senator Rick Santorum arrived in the state for a town hall meeting. Fifteen people showed up to see him.

08/05/2015
By David Weigel | The Washington Post
Rick Santorum, facing long odds yet again, is betting on Iowa
07/13/2015
By Jose A. DelReal | The Washington Post
Here's What Rick Santorum And Bobby Jindal Told Us About Faith and Freedom
06/19/2015
By ALI DUKAKIS, RICK KLEIN | ABC NEWS
Total: 20
Issue Title Candidate's Answers
1. Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

Strongly Oppose
2. Stricter punishment reduces crime

Strongly Support
3. Marijuana is a gateway drug

Strongly Support
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy

Strongly Oppose
5. Stimulus better than market-led recovery

Oppose
6. Vouchers for school choice

Strongly Support
7. Make voter registration easier

No Opinion
8. Prioritize green energy

Strongly Oppose
9. Avoid foreign entanglements

Strongly Oppose
10. Expand the military

Strongly Support
11. Support & expand free trade

Strongly Support
12. Support American Exceptionalism

No Opinion
13. Absolute right to gun ownership

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

Strongly Support
18. Legally require hiring more women & minorities

Support
19. Comfortable with same-sex marriage

Strongly Oppose
20. Privatize Social Security

Strongly Support
Total: 705
Introduced Date Bill Number Bill Title Last Action
12/09/2006 S.Res.549 A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding modern-day slavery. 12/09/2006 Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.
12/06/2006 S.Res.613 A resolution honoring the life and work of William Wilberforce and commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in Great Britain. 12/06/2006 Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent. (text: CR 12/7/2006 S11385)
09/29/2006 S.3997 Landfill Gas Act of 2006 09/29/2006 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
09/29/2006 S.Res.592 A resolution designating the week of November 5 through 11, 2006, as "Long-Term Care Awareness Week". 09/29/2006 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text of measure as introduced: CR S10749)
09/28/2006 S.3971 Iran Freedom Support Act 09/28/2006 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
09/26/2006 S.3941 A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to fully allow students to live in units eligible for the low-income housing credit, and for other purposes. 09/26/2006 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
09/26/2006 S.Res.587 A resolution expressing concern relating to the threatening behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the ideological alliance that exists between the countries of Cuba and Venezuela, and... 09/26/2006 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (text of measure as introduced: CR S10196)
09/21/2006 S.3926 Empower America: Securing America's Energy Future Act of 2006 09/21/2006 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
08/03/2006 S.3787 Congressional Commission on the Abolition of Modern-Day Slavery Act 08/03/2006 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (text of measure as introduced: CR S8807-8808)
08/01/2006 S.3766 America's Communities Leveraging Assets for Students and Schools (America's CLASS) Act of 2006 08/01/2006 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
07/25/2006 S.3726 Railroad Retirement Technical Improvement Act of 2006 07/28/2006 Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S8410)
07/25/2006 S.3720 Farm and Ranch Land Protection Flexibility Act of 2006 07/25/2006 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
07/19/2006 S.3504 Fetus Farming Prohibition Act of 2006 07/19/2006 Became Public Law No: 109-242. (TXT | PDF)
07/18/2006 S.2754 Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act 07/18/2006 Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 924 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of S. 2754 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. Measure will be considered read. Bill...
07/13/2006 S.3657 A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow bonds guaranteed by the Federal home loan banks to be treated as tax exempt bonds. 07/13/2006 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
06/29/2006 S.2321 Louis Braille Bicentennial--Braille Literacy Commemorative Coin Act 06/29/2006 Held at the desk.
06/23/2006 S.3564 Border Security First Act of 2006 06/23/2006 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
06/22/2006 S.3558 National Hepatitis B Act 06/22/2006 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
06/21/2006 S.3551 Tylersville Fish Hatchery Conveyance Act 09/20/2006 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 619.
06/15/2006 S.Con.Res.102 A concurrent resolution condemning the decision by the city of St. Denis, France, to name a street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted murderer of Philadelphia Police Officer Danny Faulkner. 06/15/2006 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (text of measure as introduced: CR S5967)
Total: 213
Date Bill Number Bill Title Result Vote
09/29/2006 S.Amdt.5115 Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act 0 Yeas - 0 Nays Not Voting
09/12/2006 S.Amdt.4956 SAFE Port Act 98 Yeas - 0 Nays Yea
09/11/2006 S.Amdt.4925 SAFE Port Act 98 Yeas - 0 Nays Yea
07/20/2006 S.Amdt.4686 Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 0 Yeas - 0 Nays Not Voting
07/13/2006 S.Amdt.4643 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007 100 Yeas - 0 Nays Yea
06/20/2006 S.Amdt.4332 John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 96 Yeas - 0 Nays Yea
05/24/2006 S.Amdt.4186 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 62 Yeas - 36 Nays Nay
05/15/2006 S.Amdt.3985 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 62 Yeas - 36 Nays Nay
05/15/2006 S.Amdt.3979 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 62 Yeas - 36 Nays Nay
05/15/2006 S.Amdt.3963 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 62 Yeas - 36 Nays Nay
05/15/2006 S.Amdt.3961 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 62 Yeas - 36 Nays Nay
04/27/2006 S.Amdt.3692 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006 98 Yeas - 1 Nays Yea
03/30/2006 S.Amdt.3193 Securing America's Borders Act 36 Yeas - 62 Nays Yea
03/15/2006 S.Amdt.3108 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2007 and including the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2006 and... 51 Yeas - 49 Nays Yea
03/14/2006 S.Amdt.3014 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2007 and including the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2006 and... 51 Yeas - 49 Nays Yea
03/08/2006 S.Amdt.2954 527 Reform Act of 2006 90 Yeas - 8 Nays Yea
03/08/2006 S.Amdt.2942 527 Reform Act of 2006 90 Yeas - 8 Nays Yea
02/02/2006 S.Amdt.2728 Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 54 Yeas - 44 Nays Yea
11/17/2005 S.Amdt.2624 Tax Relief Act of 2005 64 Yeas - 33 Nays Yea
11/09/2005 S.Amdt.2492 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 98 Yeas - 0 Nays Yea
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