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Biography of Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum is universally recognized as a steadfast leader and defender of the first principles upon which our nation was founded.

Advocating a vision for our nation rooted in tradition through family and nurtured by empowering the individual, Rick is a tireless and unapologetic advocate of American values and potential.  Rick champions the intrinsic value of the human person as the founding principle of conservatism.

Rick was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 at the age of 32, defeating a seven-term incumbent.  From 1995 through 2007, Rick served in the United States Senate after defeating a heavily favored incumbent and was re-elected for a second term in 2000, when he was chosen by his Senate colleagues to serve as Conference Chairman, making him the youngest member of the Senate Republican leadership.

Rick became one of the most successful government reformers in our history, taking on Washington’s powerful special interests from the moment he arrived in our nation’s Capitol.  Along with John Boehner and Jim Nussle, Rick was a member of the famous “Gang of Seven” that exposed the House Banking and House Post Office scandals.  Rick is also the author of the landmark 1996 Welfare Reform Act that has empowered millions of Americans to leave the welfare rolls and enter the workforce.

Rick authored legislation that outlawed the heinous procedure known as Partial Birth Abortion and championed the successful fight to pass the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act,” the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” and the “Combating Autism Act” because he believes each and every individual has value and the most vulnerable in our society need to be defended.

Rick fought to maintain fiscal sanity in a city spiraling toward national bankruptcy, fighting for a balanced budget and a line item veto.  Rick realized our government’s long-term financial health is dependent on our nation’s entitlement programs, which is why he was one of few members of Congress to advocate reforming the Social Security system when most of his colleagues refused to engage this issue for fear of a political backlash.

Rick is also proud to defend our role as a global leader in the fight to preserve democracy and human rights.  He has stood up to foreign dictators, authoring the “Syrian Accountability Act” and the “Iran Freedom and Support Act” to impose sanctions on these rogue nations and promote democracy around the globe.  And Rick has led the fight to rid the scourge of AIDS from the continent of Africa.

An accomplished author, Rick penned the 2005 New York Times Best Seller “It Takes a Family.”

Rick is now a Senior Fellow at The Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Friday host of Bill Bennett’s ‘Morning in America’ nationally-syndicated radio program, a contributor on the Fox News Channel and a columnist with The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Of all his accomplishments, Rick is most proud of his role as a husband and father. Rick and his wife Karen are the parents of seven wonderful children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, Patrick and Isabella.

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