Rand Paul is an American politician and physician serving as the junior United States Senator from Kentucky since 2011, alongside Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He is the son of former U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas who was a presidential candidate in 1988, 2008 and 2012.
Randal Howard Paul was born on January 7, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Carol (née Wells) and Ron Paul, who is also a politician and physician. The elder Paul was a U.S. Representative from Texas and ran for President of the United States three times. The middle child of five, his siblings are Ronald “Ronnie” Paul Jr., Lori Paul Pyeatt, Robert Paul, and Joy Paul-LeBlanc. Paul was baptized in the Episcopal Church and identified as a practising Christian as a teenager.
After completing his residency in ophthalmology, Paul moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky. He has held a state-issued medical license since moving there in 1993. He received his first job from John Downing of Downing McPeak Vision Centers, which brought him to Bowling Green after completing his residency. Paul worked for Downing for about five years before parting ways. Afterwards, he went to work at the Graves Gilbert Clinic, a private medical group in Bowling Green, for 10 years before creating his own practice in a converted one-story house across the street from Downing’s office.
Paul was head of the local chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas during his time at Baylor University. In 1984, Paul took a semester off to aid his father’s primary challenge to Republican Senator Phil Gramm. While attending Duke University School of Medicine, Paul volunteered for his father’s 1988 Libertarian presidential campaign.
A supporter of the Tea Party movement, Paul has described himself as a “constitutional conservative”. He is generally described as a libertarian, a term he both embraced and rejected during his first Senate campaign. He supports term limits, a balanced budget amendment, and the Read the Bills Act, in addition to the widespread reduction of federal spending and taxation.
Paul is married to Kelley Paul (née Ashby), a freelance writer. They and their three sons reside in Bowling Green, Kentucky. They are active members of the Presbyterian church.
- Full Name: Randal Howard Paul
- Date of Birth: January 7, 1963
- Age: 56
- Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
- Political party: Republican
- Spouse(s): Kelley Ashby (m. 1990)
- Children: 3
- Parents: Ron Paul, Carol Wells
- Residence: Bowling Green, Kentucky, U.S.
- Education: Baylor University, Duke University (MD)
- Height: 1.73 m
- Office: Senator (R-KY) since 2011
- Spouse: Kelley Paul (m. 1990)
- Net Worth: $59 million
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