105 Facts About Ron Paul


Ronald Ernest Paul was born on August 20,1935 and is an American author, activist, physician and retired politician who served as the US representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1976 to 1977 and again from 1979 to 1985, as well as for Texas's 14th congressional district from 1997 to 2013.


Ron Paul has 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, 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 2007 that is largely against most matters of interventionism.


Ron Paul served as a flight surgeon in the US Air Force from 1963 to 1968, and worked as an obstetrician-gynecologist from the 1960s to the 1980s.


Ron Paul became the first Representative in history to serve concurrently with a child in the Senate when his son, Rand Paul, was elected to the US Senate from Kentucky in 2010.


Ron Paul is a Senior Fellow and Distinguished Counselor of the Mises Institute, and has published a number of books and promoted the ideas of economists of the Austrian School such as Murray Rothbard, Friedrich Hayek, and Ludwig von Mises during his political campaigns.


Ron Paul has cited President Grover Cleveland as a preferred model of governance.


In May 2012, Ron Paul announced that he would not be competing in any other presidential primaries but that he would still compete for delegates in states where the primary elections had already been held.


At both the 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions, Ron Paul received the second-highest number of delegates behind only McCain and Romney respectively.


In January 2013, Ron Paul retired from Congress but remained active on college campuses, giving speeches promoting libertarian and libertarian-conservative ideas.


Ron Paul continues to provide political commentary through The Ron Paul Liberty Report, a web show he co-hosts on YouTube.


Ron Paul received one electoral vote from a Texas faithless elector in the 2016 presidential election, making him the oldest person to receive an Electoral College vote, as well as the second registered Libertarian presidential candidate in history to receive an electoral vote, after John Hospers in 1972.


Ronald Ernest Paul was born on August 20,1935, in Pittsburgh, the son of Howard Casper Paul, who ran a small dairy company, and Margaret Paul.


Ron Paul's paternal grandfather emigrated from Germany, and his paternal grandmother, a devout Christian, was a first-generation German American.


Ron Paul earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Duke University's School of Medicine in 1961, and completed his medical internship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh.


Ron Paul served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1965 and then in the United States Air National Guard from 1965 to 1968.


Ron Paul came to know economists Hans Sennholz and Murray Rothbard well, and credits his interest in the study of economics to them.


When President Richard Nixon "closed the gold window" by ending American participation in the Bretton Woods System, thus ending the US dollar's loose association with gold on August 15,1971, Ron Paul decided to enter politics and became a Republican candidate for the United States Congress.


President Gerald Ford later appointed Casey to the Federal Maritime Commission, and Ron Paul won an April 1976 special election to the vacant office after a runoff.


Ron Paul served in Congress three different periods: first from 1976 to 1977, after he won a special election, then from 1979 to 1985, and finally from 1997 to 2013.


Ron Paul argued for a return to the gold standard maintained by the US from 1873 to 1933, and with Senator Jesse Helms convinced the Congress to study the issue.


Ron Paul spoke against the reinstatement of registration for the military draft in 1980, in opposition to President Jimmy Carter and the majority of his fellow Republican members of Congress.


Ron Paul proposed term-limit legislation multiple times, while himself serving four terms in the House of Representatives.


Ron Paul spoke multiple times at the American Numismatic Association's 1988 convention.


Ron Paul worked with his Foundation for Rational Economics and Education on such projects as establishing the National Endowment for Liberty, producing the At Issue public policy series that was broadcast on the Discovery Channel and CNBC, and continuing publication of newsletters.


Ron Paul left the Republican Party in 1987 and launched a bid for the presidency running on the Libertarian Party ticket.


Ron Paul's candidacy was seen as problematic because of the party's long support for freedom of choice on abortions.


On September 25,1988, American psychologist and psychedelic advocate Timothy Leary held a fundraiser for Ron Paul, who attended the event.


Ron Paul was kept off the ballot in Missouri, due to what the St Louis Post-Dispatch termed a "technicality," and received votes there only when written in, just as he did in North Carolina.


The Republican National Committee endorsed incumbent Greg Laughlin in the primary; Ron Paul won with assistance from baseball pitcher, constituent, and friend Nolan Ryan, tax activist and publisher Steve Forbes and conservative commentator Pat Buchanan.


Ron Paul narrowly defeated Democratic attorney Charles "Lefty" Morris in the fall election, despite Morris' criticism over controversial statements in several newsletters that Ron Paul published.


In 1998 and 2000, Ron Paul defeated Loy Sneary, a Democratic Bay City, Texas, rice farmer and former Matagorda County judge.


On July 12,2011, Ron Paul announced that he would not seek re-election to the House in order to pursue the 2012 presidential election.


In November 1997, Ron Paul was one of eighteen Republicans in the House to co-sponsor a resolution by Bob Barr that sought to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Bill Clinton.


On October 8,1998, Ron Paul voted in favor of legislation that was passed to open an impeachment inquiry.


On December 19,1998, Ron Paul voted in favor of all four proposed articles of impeachment against Clinton.


Two days prior, on December 16, Ron Paul had stated that he would vote to impeach based on Clinton's military attacks in the Middle East, namely the 1998 bombing of Iraq and Operation Infinite Reach, and not necessarily the Lewinsky scandal, which he described as far less serious than the "unconstitutionality of presidents waging wars".


Ron Paul was honorary chairman of, and is a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus, a political action committee that describes its goal as electing "liberty-minded, limited-government individuals".


Ron Paul is an initiating member of the Congressional Rural Caucus, which deals with agricultural and rural issues, and the 140-member Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus.


Ron Paul formally declared his candidacy for the 2008 Republican nomination on March 12,2007, on C-SPAN.


Ron Paul fundraised more money than any other Republican candidate in the fourth quarter of 2007, as the primary season headed into the Iowa caucuses.


On June 12,2008, Ron Paul withdrew his bid for the Republican nomination.


Ron Paul later said that one of the reasons he did not run in the general election as a third-party candidate, after losing the primaries, was that, as a concession to gain ballot access in certain states, he had signed legally binding agreements to not run a third-party campaign if he lost the primary.


At a September 10,2008, press conference, Ron Paul announced his general support of four third-party candidates: Cynthia McKinney ; Bob Barr ; Chuck Baldwin ; and Ralph Nader.


Ron Paul said that each of them had pledged to adhere to a policy of balancing budgets, bringing the troops home, defending privacy and personal liberties, and investigating the Federal Reserve.


Ron Paul said that under no circumstances would he be endorsing either of the two main parties' candidates because there were no real differences between them, and because neither of them, if elected, would seek to make the fundamental changes in governance that were necessary.


Ron Paul urged instead that, rather than contribute to the "charade" that the two-party election system had become, the voters support the third-party candidates as a protest vote, to force change in the election process.


Later that same day, Ron Paul gave a televised interview with Nader saying much the same again.


Ron Paul withdrew from active campaigning in the last weeks of the primary election period.


Ron Paul won several early straw polls for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and formed an official exploratory committee in late April 2011.


Ron Paul participated in the first Republican presidential debate on May 5,2011 and on May 13,2011 formally announced his candidacy in an interview on ABC's Good Morning America.


Ron Paul indicated in a June 2011 interview that if nominated, he would consider former New Jersey Superior Court judge Andrew Napolitano as his running mate.


Ron Paul came in third in the Iowa Republican Caucus held on January 3,2012.


Out of a turnout of 121,503 votes, Ron Paul took 26,036 of the certified votes.


Ron Paul would continue to seek to win delegates for the national party convention in the states that had already voted.


Ron Paul himself told CNN that although the lawsuit was not a part of his campaign's strategy and that he had not been advising his supporters to sue, he was not going to tell his supporters not to sue, if they had a legitimate argument.


Ron Paul declined to speak at the Republican National Convention as a matter of principle, saying that the convention planners had demanded that his remarks be vetted by the Romney campaign and that he make an unqualified endorsement of Romney.


Supporters and media commentators had noted that the delegations from states where Paul had had the most support were given the worst seats in the convention hall, while delegations from regions with no electoral votes, such as the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico, were given prime seats at the front.


Ron Paul had been a lifelong supporter of the Republican Party by the time he entered politics in the mid-1970s.


Ron Paul was one of the first elected officials in the nation to support Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign, and he actively campaigned for Reagan in 1976 and 1980.


Ron Paul starts wars, breaks the law, supplies terrorists with guns made at taxpayers' expense and lies about it to the American people.


Ron Paul returned to his private medical practice and managing several business ventures after losing the 1988 election; but by 1996, he was ready to return to politics, this time running on the Republican Party ticket again.


When he lost the Republican Party presidential primary election in 2008, Ron Paul criticized the two major political parties, saying that there was no real difference between the parties and that neither of them truly intended to challenge the status quo.


Ron Paul refused to endorse the Republican Party's nominee for president, John McCain, and lent his support to third-party candidates instead.


In 2008, Ron Paul spoke at the John Birch Society's 50th-anniversary celebration.


An anti-war activist, Ron Paul promotes a noninterventionist foreign policy and an end to American imperialism.


Ron Paul acknowledged his vote for the authorization of force was a difficult one.


Ron Paul has stated that "Israel is our close friend" and that it is not the place of the United States to "dictate how Israel runs her affairs".


Ron Paul supported the 2014 Crimean status referendum, for which he has been called a friend of Putin, and has objected to sanctions during the Russo-Ukrainian War and foreign aid to Ukraine.


Ron Paul endorses constitutional rights, such as the right to keep and bear arms, and habeas corpus for political detainees.


Ron Paul was one of only three Republicans in the House to vote against the Patriot Act.


Ron Paul opposes federal use of torture, presidential autonomy, a national identification card, warrantless domestic surveillance, and the draft.


Ron Paul has called for shutting down the TSA and moving matters of airline security to private businesses.


Sometime within the same month but much after the event of authorities executing a lock-down in sequence to the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Ron Paul commented on the tactics used by governing forces into a harsh criticism that he has written as a "military-style occupation of an American city".


Ron Paul is a proponent of Austrian School economics; he has authored six books on the subject, and displayed pictures of Austrian School economists Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, and Ludwig von Mises on his office wall.


Ron Paul pledged never to raise taxes and states he has never voted to approve a budget deficit.


Ron Paul believes that the country could abolish the individual income tax by scaling back federal spending to its fiscal year 2000 levels; financing government operations would be primarily by excise taxes and non-protectionist tariffs.


Ron Paul endorses eliminating most federal government agencies, terming them unnecessary bureaucracies.


Ron Paul has consistently warned of hyperinflation and called for a return to the gold standard as far back as 1981.


Ron Paul rejects membership in the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization as "managed trade".


Ron Paul has advocated for open trade and better relations with the country of Cuba.


Ron Paul rejects the scientific consensus on climate change and has claimed that global warming is a hoax in a 2009 Fox Business interview.


Ron Paul endorses increased border security and opposes welfare for illegal immigrants, birthright citizenship and amnesty; he voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006.


Ron Paul is an outspoken proponent of increased ballot access for third-party candidates.


Ron Paul has sought to repeal the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, known as the Motor Voter law.


Ron Paul opposes federal regulation of such matters as the death penalty, of education, of drugs, and of marriage.


Ron Paul opposes the federal War on Drugs, and advocates that states should decide whether to regulate or deregulate drugs such as medical and recreational marijuana, and other substances.


Ron Paul again partnered with Frank in support of online gambling rights.


Ron Paul was critical of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, arguing that it sanctioned federal interference in the labor market and did not improve race relations.


Ron Paul once remarked: "The Civil Rights Act of 1964 not only violated the Constitution and reduced individual liberty; it failed to achieve its stated goals of promoting racial harmony and a color-blind society".


Ron Paul says that he does not have a "final answer" on whether bitcoin will replace the dollar, but says that it should be legal.


In June 2013, Ron Paul criticized the NSA surveillance program and praised Edward Snowden for having performed a "great service to the American people by exposing the truth about what our government is doing in secret".


Ron Paul was a critic of Donald Trump's plans to increase the number of military personnel in Afghanistan.


Ron Paul has called for Trump to bring American troops back from Syria in April 2018, on the grounds that the threat from ISIS has been eliminated.


Ron Paul continues to voice his disagreements regarding foreign policy, and more recently, regarding the events involving America and Iran.


Ron Paul endorsed his son, Senator Rand Ron Paul, in the 2016 Republican primary and campaigned for him in Iowa.


Ron Paul expressed disappointment in former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson's Libertarian Party nomination for President, and told independent voters that Green Party nominee Jill Stein was a better candidate for those who "lean towards progressivism and liberalism", while emphasizing that he was not endorsing her.


Ron Paul received one electoral vote from a Texas faithless elector, South Texas College political science professor William Greene, in the 2016 presidential election, making Ron Paul the oldest person ever to receive an electoral vote, and the second Libertarian Party member to receive an electoral vote, after John Hospers in 1972.


In March 2001, Ron Paul said he did not write the commentaries, but stopped short of denying authorship in 1996 because his campaign advisers had thought it would be too confusing and that he had to live with the material published under his name.


Half a dozen libertarian activists, including some still closely associated with Ron Paul, pointed to Lew Rockwell as the primary ghostwriter of the newsletters.


On March 16,2020, Ron Paul criticized the government, media, and public responses to the nascent COVID-19 pandemic in a column for his website.


Ron Paul has been married to Carol Wells since 1957.


Ron Paul enjoys riding a bicycle and exercising every day.


On September 25,2020, Ron Paul was hospitalized after appearing to slur his words while speaking during a livestream event.