At a Glance
- Career History: President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (1990 to 1993);Actor (1970 to 2003); Professional bodybuilder (1965 to 1980)
- Birthday: July 30, 1947
- Hometown: Thal, Austria
- Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin, Superior (1989)
- Spouse: Maria Shriver (separated)
- Religion: Catholic
- DC Office: State Capitol Building Sacramento, Calif., 95814916-445-2841
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Path to Power
Schwarzenegger, who was raised outside of Graz, Austria, began weight training when he was 14- years-old. His professional bodybuilding career was put on hold in his late teens when he was drafted into the Austrian army. After leaving the base to win an all-Europe junior title, the army allowed him to fulfill the rest of his service requirement in bodybuilding. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 in 1967 and went on to win Mr. Olympia seven times.
Schwarzenegger has said that he saw a career in bodybuilding as his ticket to a happier life in America and in the 1960s he immigrated to the United States to further his career.
Schwarzenegger has said he first identified with the Republican Party after listening to presidential candidates Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey spar in the 1968 presidential campaign.
Schwarzenegger, who describes himself as a centrist and a post-partisan, is liberal on many cultural issues. His post-partisan theme, introduced during his 2007 gubernatorial inaugural address, drew criticism from conservatives who said Schwarzenegger was pandering to the left to boost his own political capital.
Schwarzenegger has built a wide circle of supporters and confidantes across the political spectrum.
Former California Gov. Pete Wilson (R) worked on Schwarzenegger's first gubernatorial run. Billionaire businessman Warren Buffett, George P. Shultz, who served as secretary of state under President Reagan, also consulted for Schwarzenegger on that race.