Mitt Romney

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives to his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

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Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and politician who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. He was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.

Raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, by his parents Lenore and George W. Romney, Mitt Romney spent two and a half years in France as a Mormon missionary starting in 1966. He married Ann Davies in 1969, with whom he has had five children.

By 1971, Romney had participated in the political campaigns of both his parents. In that year, he earned a Bachelor of Arts at Brigham Young and in 1975, a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration at Harvard.

Romney then entered the management consulting industry and in 1977 he secured a position at Bain & Company. Later serving as its chief executive officer, he helped lead the company out of financial crisis.

In 1984, he cofounded and led the spin-off company Bain Capital, a highly profitable private equity investment firm that became one of the largest of its kind in the nation. His considerable net worth, estimated in 2012 at $190250 million, helped finance his prior political campaigns.

GOP's challenge: To make capitalism work for all

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Nov. 21, 2012


Jim Matheson holds on for slim win over Mia Love after final vote tally

Republican Mia Love narrowed the gap on Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson after the outstanding votes were counted but not enough to keep him from a seventh term in Congress. Read more »

Nov. 20, 2012


Secede from the U.S.? Maybe not the greatest idea

I don't know about you, but I'm on the edge of my seat, noshing on my cuticles waiting to hear if we are going to retain our membership in the United States. Read more »

Nov. 20, 2012


Media's focus on contention affects children

Journalists focus too much on conflict, and it is spoiling our body politic. Read more »

Nov. 19, 2012


Why the low voter turn out in 2012?

Post mortems on the election are everywhere, but one fact I had missed until a pollster pointed it out during a recent panel discussion is that voter turnout in 2012... Read more »

Nov. 19, 2012


Secession silliness is unproductive

On the subject of petition drives by people who want their states to secede from the union after the recent elections, we agree with the assessment of a prominent... Read more »

Nov. 19, 2012


President Obama needs to do a better job in second term

What a mess! But then it's probably just business as usual in this burg where any hopes of a quiet few weeks following an election more tumultuous, disruptive and... Read more »

Nov. 18, 2012


Understanding the future of the Republican Party

Republican second-guessing and finger-pointing continue across the country (fun or miserable to watch — depending on your perspective) as President Barack Obama... Read more »

Nov. 18, 2012


Utah gets more time to decide whether to run federal health insurance exchange

Gov. Gary Herbert now has more time to decide whether Utah should defy state GOP legislative leaders and tell the Obama administration the state will run a federal... Read more »

Nov. 16, 2012


GOP should embrace Catholic teachings on poor

The Catholic Church — a politically and ethnically sprawling institution — has no natural home on the American ideological spectrum. Neither major party... Read more »

Nov. 16, 2012


IRS sued to tighten enforcement of church electioneering

A nonprofit organization that polices church and state lines has sued the IRS in the aftermath of November's election, arguing that the tax agency has been negligent... Read more »

Nov. 15, 2012


And the winner in the 2012 presidential election is ... the Mormon church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has entered a new era after Romney's run for president. His candidacy illuminated a changing landscape for the... Read more »

Nov. 15, 2012


Mitt Romney's defeat was due to a misguided campaign and his own ill-advised comments

I couldn't disagree more with Paul Taylor's opinion that Romney was done in by the Republican primary battles ("Primaries reason for loss," Nov. 12). There is... Read more »

Nov. 15, 2012


Top Republicans say Mitt Romney didn't offer specifics

Top Republicans meeting for the first time since Election Day say the party lost its bid to unseat President Barack Obama because nominee Mitt Romney did not respond... Read more »

Nov. 15, 2012


President Obama should offer a cabinet level position to both Jon Huntsman Jr. and Mitt Romney

Now that the 2012 presidential election is over, and Barack Obama has won a second-term as president, I am mindful that it is not just a one man effort; that is why we... Read more »

Nov. 15, 2012


Voters were not so much accepting of Mitt Romney's religion as indifferent

Like many others, I was surprised when Mitt Romney's faith failed to become a major issue in his campaign for president. I figured some newshound would lift the lid of... Read more »

Nov. 14, 2012


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