Rick Santorum life and biography

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Rick Santorum biography

Date of birth : 1958-05-10
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Winchester, Virginia
Nationality : American
Category : Politics
Last modified : 2011-06-06
Credited as : Republican politician, Senator from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, candidate for President of the U.S. 2012

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Rick Santorum is a former United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Santorum is a member of the Republican Party and was the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

Santorum is considered both a social and fiscal conservative. He is particularly known for his stances on the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Social Security, intelligent design, homosexuality, and the Terri Schiavo case.

In March 2007, Santorum joined the law firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. He was to primarily practice law in the firm’s Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offices, where he was to provide business and strategic counseling services to the firm's clients. In addition to his work with the firm, Santorum also serves as a Senior Fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and was a contributor to Fox News Channel.

Santorum is a candidate for President of the United States in the 2012 election. He formed a presidential exploratory committee on April 13, 2011 and formally announced his candidacy on June 6.

Political career:

In 1990, aged only 32 years, Santorum comes in colors Republican in the House of Representatives of the United States and was elected against the Democrat incumbent. In November 1994 he was elected with the wave Republican senator from Pennsylvania in the United States Senate, defeating Harris Wofford, the outgoing Senator.

It participates actively in the side of Trent Lott and Newt Gingrich to reform the health system in 1996. In 2000, Rick Santorum is favored at the renewal of its mandate by 61% of voters. Member of fundamentalist Christian group The Family, Santorum owes its fame to extremely conservative positions, particularly in its fight against abortion.

Supporter of the sacredness of life and its preservation, Santorum did vote during the 107th Congress, the "Born-Alive Infants Protection Act" and, in the 108th Congress manages to impose a ban of some form of abortion, it is true disputed even by liberals, like abortion procedure partial (partial-birth abortion), signed by George W. Bush.

His other aims combat the AIDS pandemic but his homophobic statements do not help his reputation. During the controversy over gay marriage, he does not hesitate to put homosexuals on an equal footing with the bigamous, incestuous and zoophiles, speaking and even bestiality condemns sodomy. This has resulted in retaliation for the emergence of a new term with sexual overtones in his name: Santorum (sexual slang)

Practicing Catholic, once irreducible supporter of the death penalty, he now wants to limit the application of the latter as some categories of crime.

If he had been seen as a possible candidate for the Republican primary by conservative branch of the party, Santorum announced July 7, 2005 that he preferred to concentrate on his Senate reelection campaign in 2006, that arise in 2008 primaries republican. Rightly so because during the election campaign, he has ceased to be ahead in the polls by his opponent, Democrat Bob Casey Jr. Conservative

In the elections of November 7, 2006, Santorum was finally beaten with just 41% of the vote against 59% for Bob Casey Jr. In December 2006, the last days of the session of Congress, he was one of only two senators to vote against confirmation of Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense for protest against criticism of the latter on the management war in Iraq and the proposed Gates to discuss with countries like Iran.

In March 2007, Santorum was hired as legal counsel for a large corporate law firm in Pittsburgh and Washington DC. Also a member of the Center on Ethics and Public Policy, a conservative think tank in Washington, he also became a regular political commentator on the news channel Fox News. Rick Santorum is the father of 7 children, one of whom died in infancy.

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