“We have not seen Ron Paul’s like in Washington since the days of the Founding Fathers. He is the 20th Century’s Thomas Jefferson.” — Lew Rockwell, Founder and President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
Congressman Ron Paul enjoys a national reputation as the premier advocate for liberty in politics today. First elected to Congress in 1976, Dr. Paul was the leading spokesman in Washington, DC, for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency. He is known among both his former colleagues in Congress and his former constituents for his consistent voting record in the House of Representatives. In fact, Dr. Paul never voted for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution. In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the “one exception to the Gang of 535″ on Capitol Hill.
Ron Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. He graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine, before proudly serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s. He and his wife Carol moved to Texas in 1968, where he began his medical practice in Brazoria County. As a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies. He and Carol, who reside in Surfside Beach, Texas, are the proud parents of five children and have sixteen grandchildren.
While serving in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Paul’s limited-government ideals were not popular in Washington. He served on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve’s inflationary measures. He also was a key member of the Gold Commission, advocating a return to a gold standard for our currency. He was an unwavering advocate of pro-life and pro-family values. Dr. Paul consistently voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending, and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote the return of government to its proper constitutional levels. In 1984, he voluntarily relinquished his House seat and returned to his medical practice.
In 1988, Dr. Paul re-entered politics when he successfully won the nomination of the Libertarian Party for the U.S. Presidency. He spent much of the year campaigning across the country, promoting the ideals of limited government, low taxes and personal liberty.
Dr. Paul returned to Congress in 1996 after successfully winning a House seat representing the 14th Congressional district of Texas. He was re-elected in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004. He serves on the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, and the International Relations committee. On the Financial Services Committee, Rep. Paul serves as the vice-chairman of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee.
He has introduced bills calling for, among other things, ending gun control, getting the U.S. out of the United Nations, and abolishing the income tax. In a 2002 speech, Dr. Paul said, “The purpose of all political action should be to promote liberty. We should always maintain the conviction that free people will be able to take care of all of their needs. When government gets involved, it can do things with a lot of good intentions, but it cannot do so without undermining our liberties.”
During his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2007-2008, Ron Paul enjoyed overwhelming grassroots support. He shocked the nation with his numerous GOP straw poll wins, record-breaking fundraising and popularity. Despite being ignored by much of the traditional media, Ron Paul’s message reached millions of people and energized many to get active for Liberty.
In 2011, Dr. Paul announced he would run for the Republican nomination for the presidency a final time before retiring from his Congressional seat. During the 2012 primary season, he became a household name and activated thousands of youth and voters to volunteer, petition and vote for him. He lost the nomination, but continued to speak out against the violations of American’s freedoms in his last few months as a Texas Congressman.
Ron Paul did not enter retirement just to rest on his Texas property. He jumped right into a 2013 college tour across the US, speaking to tens of thousands of youth. Also, Ron Paul’s Foundation of Rational Economics and Education launched The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, a project to celebrate student journalism on economics and foreign affairs in 2012. The Institute features articles submitted, offers scholarships and awards for college journalism and provides seminars throughout the summer for students and members to better their investigative reporting. In addition to the Ron Paul Institute, he launched a full, online homeschooling curriculum three months after his final day in Congress. The Ron Paul Curriculum will begin on Sept. 2, 2013, and include free online courses for grades K through 5 and courses for grades 6 through 12 for $50 per course.
Dr. Paul is the author of several books, including Case for Gold, A Foreign Policy of Freedom, The Revolution: A Manifesto, End the Fed and Liberty Defined. He has been a distinguished counselor to the Ludwig von Mises Institute and is widely quoted by scholars and writers in the fields of monetary policy, banking and political economy. He has received many awards and honors during his career in Congress, from organizations such as the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, the Council for a Competitive Economy, Young Americans for Freedom and countless others.
Dr. Paul’s consistent voting record prompted one Congressman to comment: “Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers’ ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are.” Another Congresswoman added,”There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is one of those few.”
Dr. Paul is a member of the Board of Advisers of the Advocates for Self-Government.
“Rights belong to individuals, not groups. Property should be owned by people, not government. All voluntary associations should be permissionable — economic and social. The government’s monetary role is to maintain the integrity of the monetary unit, not participate in fraud. Government exists to protect liberty, not to redistribute wealth or to grant special privileges. The lives and actions of people are their own responsibility, not the government’s.” — The Ron Paul Freedom Principles
“The Advocates for Self-Government is one of the freedom movement’s leading organizations. I wish them continued success in promoting liberty.” — Ron Paul, The Congressional Record, June 30, 2010
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