Ronald Ernest Paul is an American author, activist, physician, and retired politician who served as the U.S. representative for Texas’s 22nd congressional district from 1976 to 1977 and again from 1979 to 1985, and then for Texas’s 14th congressional district from 1997 to 2013.
Ron Paul sought the presidency of the United States on three occasions: as the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988 and as a candidate for the Republican Party in 2008 and 2012.
Ron Paul is a self-described constitutionalist, and a critic of the federal government’s fiscal policies, especially the existence of the Federal Reserve and the tax policy, as well as the military–industrial complex, the war on drugs, and the war on terror.
Ron Paul has also been a vocal critic of mass surveillance policies such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the NSA surveillance programs.
In 1976, Ron Paul formed the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE), and in 1985 was named the first chairman of the conservative PAC Citizens for a Sound Economy, both free-market groups focused on limited government.
Ron Paul has been characterized as the “intellectual godfather” of the Tea Party movement, a fiscally conservative political movement started in 2009 that is largely against most matters of interventionism.
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Paul has been married to Carol (Carolyn) Wells since 1957 and they have five children, who were baptized Episcopalian: Ronald, Lori, Randal, Robert, and Joy.
Randal (Rand) Paul is the junior United States senator from the state of Kentucky.