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.

David Goldman, Associated Press

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.

Mitt Romney faces scrutiny on aid in storm's wake

There's nothing like a natural disaster to test the depth of politicians' preference for small government. Read more »

Oct. 31, 2012


Back on trail, Mitt Romney promises 'real change'

Mitt Romney vowed Wednesday to deliver "real change" in Washington instead of just talking about it. Read more »

Oct. 31, 2012


Obama gets first-hand look at storm devastation

President Barack Obama inspected the devastation from Sandy on Wednesday, flying high over flooded neighborhoods, sand-strewn streets and a burning fire that charred... Read more »

Oct. 31, 2012


Electoral College is needed to help small states be as important as larger states

Since the 2000 election, there have been many who have questioned the purpose of the electoral college. The following represents the facts as to why we need the... Read more »

Oct. 31, 2012


Billionaires, shadowy groups fuel pricey election

Billionaires, anonymous donors and shadowy outside groups funneled enormous amounts of money into this year's federal elections, as the cost of the presidential... Read more »

Oct. 31, 2012


The United States has a nuclear waste problem

Exposure to nuclear waste is dangerous. Exposure to hypocrisy over nuclear waste should also be avoided. Read more »

Oct. 31, 2012


  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended
to comment

DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.
About comments

Tweets from the Romney Campaign