At a Glance
- Career History:
Chairman of Free & Strong America PAC (since May 2008); Former Governor of
(2002 to 2007), Chairman of the Republican Governors Association (2006); Vice President of Bain & company, (1978- to 1984 and 1990 to 1992); Founder Bain Capital, (1984 to 1990); CEO, Salt Lake Organizing Committee 2002 Winter Olympics, (1992 to 2002)
- Birthday: March 12, 1947
- Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
- Alma Mater: Brigham Young University, B.A., 1971; Harvard Business School, MBA, 1975, Harvard Law School, cum laude, J.D.
- Spouse: Ann Romney
- Religion: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Path to Power
Given the way Romney idolized his father George, who served as the governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1968 after retiring as CEO of American Motors, it was almost certain young Romney would try his hand at business and politics.
Although his upbringing was privileged and comfortable, Romney learned to be persistent and earnest about his convictions through two years of fruitless door-knocking as a Mormon missionary in France in his early 20s.
Romney's economic prescriptions aren't much different than those he offered during his 2008 presidential campaign. Generally, he's advocated tax cuts, a reduction in spending and robust entitlement reform.
Against the backdrop of Democratic calls for universal health care, he also likes to remind his GOP colleagues about his work to reform health care in Massachusetts. "We should be the party to propose a Republican plan to bring health insurance to all Americans," he said. "I think what we did in Massachusetts is a good model to start from, but whatever direction we take, let's not simply react to what the Democrats do."
Romney spent $45 million of his personal wealth to fund his 2008 presidential campaign, but also drew on his Western connections for seed money. He raised more than $1.5 million from persons with ties to the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics while exploring his bid. In Utah, a state with a dominant Mormon population, residents gave nearly $5.5 million to support his candidacy.
Romney's inner circle on the campaign trail was a slew of Washington and Boston heavyweights, including Barbara Comstock, Peter Flaherty, Beth Myers, Kevin Madden and Matt Rhoades.