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RICK SANTORUM

Rick Santorum

ABOUT

Rick Santorum is a former U.S. senator, serving as Senate Republican Conference chairman for the second half of his senatorial career, and a member of the U.S. House before that. Santorum has been a practicing lawyer, a radio host, and a number of public service roles for the state of Pennsylvania.

Santorum is religious, and advocates many positions which will appeal to the religious conservatives and has garnered him the endorsement of several religious figure heads and organizations.

ELECTIVE OFFICE

U.S. House, 1991-1994. U.S. Senate, 1995-2007. Lost his re-election bid in 2006 to Democrat Bob Casey.

FUNDRAISING

Santorum's federal political action committee is called America's Foundation. Among candidates supported: Kelly Ayotte, Roy Blunt, Dan Coats, Robert Portman, Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey. He formed the Iowa Keystone PAC to raise money for Iowa candidates in the 2010 cycle, donating more than $45,000 as of late October, including $10,000 each to winners Terry Branstad in the governor's race and Matt Schultz in the secretary of state race, and $10,000 and $9,000 respectively to two statewide candidates who fell short in their bids, Dave Jamison, running for treasurer, and Brenna Findley, running for attorney general.

By the most recent June 30 reporting date, Santorum had raised $582,098.

SOURCES

Biographical Directory of U.S. Congress, Ethics and Public Policy Center, America's Foundation

VITAL STATISTICS

Date of Birth: May 10, 1958

Education:Bachelor's degree in political science, 1980, Pennsylvania State University. Master's of business administration, 1981, University of Pittsburgh. Law degree, 1986, Dickinson School of Law.

Family:Wife, Karen. Seven children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, Patrick and Isabella.

Official Web Site: www.RickSantorum.com

TALKING POINTS...

Santorum, who's Catholic, is a strict anti-abortionist. He sponsored the ban on so-called partial birth abortions, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.

Santorum's fourth child, Gabriel Michael, named after two archangels, was born prematurely and died two hours after birth. His wife, Karen, wrote a book, "Letters to Gabriel," consisting of a series of letters she wrote to their son.

He has spoken out about the need to counter the threat of radical Islam. He founded the Congressional Working Group on Religious Freedom.

He was an author of the landmark welfare reform act that encouraged leaving welfare for work.

In the House, he was part of the "Gang of Seven" who championed government reforms and exposed the House banking and House Post Office scandals.

He opposes same-sex marriage and has made controversial statements about homosexuality, saying in a 2003 interview, 'I have a problem with homosexual acts," while also referencing bigamy, incest and bestiality.

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