Ron Paul was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 20, 1935 to Howard Paul and Margaret Paul. He graduated from Dormont High School in 1953. Three years later he earned a B.S. degree from Gettysburg College in 1958. In 1962 he received his Doctor of Medicine from Duke University School of Medicine .
After finishing medical school, Ron Paul served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1963 until 1965 when he began practicing medicine full-time at an obstetrics practice until 1968 when he started a children's clinic in Brazoria County, Texas where he practiced for ten years before starting his own private pediatrics clinic. Dr. Paul has been able to experience much within these fields which would soon shape his views on government and politics.
In the late 1970s, Ron Paul began to get involved with politics when he served as the chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC), an organization that promotes libertarian values in the Republican Party. He was first elected to office in 1976 when he became a U.S. representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district. Ron Paul has held his congressional seat ever since, making him one of the longest-serving congressmen in American history.
Ron Paul is well-known for his strict adherence to the Constitution, limited government, and free market economics. He has never voted to raise taxes or increase government spending and is a proponent abolishing the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Paul is a confident of Austrian School economics and a vocal critic of Keynesian economics. He has stated that he agrees with 75% of Ayn Rand's philosophy and claims to have been influenced by Ludwig von Mises.
Ron Paul is also an adamant opponent of the War on Drugs, voting against the USA Patriot Act, the Iraq War, and measures such as President George W. Bush's signing into law of the National Defense Authorization Act. During his presidential campaign in 2008, Dr. Paul claimed he would have voted against the Civil Rights Act while later stating that he supports it today. In response to criticism from fellow Republican Newt Gingrich for Paul's immigration policy consisting only of border patrols, Juan Williams said on "The O'Reilly Factor" that Ron Paul has "a zero tolerance policy for people who came here illegally."
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He is married to Carol Paul and they have five children: Ronnie, Lori, Rand, Robert, and Joy. Dr. Paul is a Presbyterian and an avid bass fisherman.
Dr. Ron Paul has had a long and distinguished career in politics as well as in the medical field. He is known for his strong libertarian convictions which he bases on strict interpretation of the Constitution and free market economics. Dr. Paul is also an ardent opponent of war and government spending, making him a popular candidate among libertarians and Tea Party members. Although he did not win the Republican nomination in 2008, he ran again in 2012 and was finally elected as the Republican nominee. Dr. Paul has always been a strong advocate for limited government, individual liberty, and free markets and will continue to be a powerful force in the political landscape.
Dr. Paul has had an extensive career in politics as well as medicine. He believes that, "The proper role of government is to provide that degree of security which insures that each one of us can proceed unmolested on the pursuit of happiness."
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