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Encyclopedia > Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney

In office
January 2, 2003 – January 4, 2007
Lieutenant(s) Kerry Healey
Preceded by Jane M. Swift (acting)
Succeeded by Deval Patrick

Born March 12, 1947 (1947-03-12) (age 60)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse Ann Romney
Children 5
Alma mater Brigham Young University, Harvard University
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)

Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) was the 70th Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Elected in 2002, Romney served one term and did not seek re-election in 2006; his term expired January 4, 2007.[1] He is a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2008 United States presidential election.[2] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the executive magistrate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... is the 2nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... John Hancock, first Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the executive magistrate of the United States Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... Kerry Murphy Healey, Ph. ... Jane Swift Jane Maria Swift (born February 24, 1965) is an American politician from western Massachusetts. ... Deval Laurdine Patrick (born July 31, 1956) is an American politician and the current Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Detroit redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... GOP redirects here. ... Ann Davies Romney (b. ... , Brigham Young University (BYU), located in Provo, Utah, is a private coeducational school completely owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church) and run under the auspices of its Church Educational System. ... Harvard redirects here. ... For other uses, see Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (disambiguation). ... This article is about the history and use of the word Mormon. For information about the religious beliefs and culture of Mormons, see Mormonism. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the executive magistrate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... GOP redirects here. ... The United States presidential election of 2008, scheduled to be held on November 4, 2008, will be the 55th consecutive quadrennial president and vice president of the United States. ...


He is a former CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, and the co-founder of Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm. He also served as president and CEO of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games held in Salt Lake City. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... Bain & Company is a management consulting firm, headquartered in Boston, MA, that is recognized as one of the leading business institutions in the world. ... Management consultant redirects here. ... Bain Capital LLC is a Boston, Massachusetts-based private equity firm founded in 1984 by Mitt Romney, the late Governor of Massachusetts, and two other partners from the consulting firm Bain & Company: T. Coleman Andrews III and Eric Kriss. ... Private equity is a broad term that refers to any type of equity investment in an asset in which the equity is not freely tradable on a public stock market. ... (Redirected from 2002 Olympic Winter Games) The XIX Olympic Winter Games were held in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ...

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Biography

Born on March 12, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan, Mitt Romney is the son of former Michigan Governor and 1968 presidential candidate George W. Romney and 1970 U.S. Senate candidate Lenore Romney. His name "Willard" was after hotel magnate J. Willard Marriott, his father's best friend. [3] Mitt, his middle name, comes from a relative who played football for the Chicago Bears. [4] is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Detroit redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The United States presidential election of 1968 was a wrenching national experience, and included the assassination of Democratic candidate Robert F. Kennedy, the violence at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and widespread demonstrations against the Vietnam War across American university and college campuses. ... George Wilcken Romney (July 8, 1907 – July 26, 1995) was chairman of the American Motors Corporation from 1954 to 1962 and was elected three times as the Republican Governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969. ... Lenore LaFount Romney (November 9, 1908 – July 7, 1998) was a former First Lady of Michigan and a Michigan politician in her own right. ... John Willard Marriott (September 17, 1900 - August 13, 1985) was an American entrepreneur and businessman. ...


Romney married his high school girlfriend Ann Davies in 1968. Both are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as Mormons, though Ann was raised Episcopalian.[5] They have five married sons (Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben and Craig)[6] and eleven grandchildren. Ann Davies Romney (b. ... For other uses, see Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (disambiguation). ... The term Mormon is a colloquial name, most-often used to refer to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). ... This article is about the Episcopal Church in the United States. ...


Romney's great-grandparents were polygamist Mormons who fled to Mexico in 1884 after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld various anti-polygamy laws in 1879.[7] Romney's father, George Romney, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and the family moved to the United States in 1912[7] after the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution. [8][9] Polygamy has been a feature of human culture since earliest history. ... This article is about the Mexican Revolution of 1910. ...


Romney is a former bishop and stake president in his church, and he attends a temple regularly. As a devout Mormon, he does not drink or smoke. He's also a proponent of family values, saying that he abstained from sex until marriage and has since remained faithful to his wife of 39 years.[10][11][12] Bishop is the highest priesthood office of the Aaronic priesthood in the Latter Day Saint movement. ... A stake president is a title held by a Mormon religious leader who oversees a unit of the church called a stake. ... The Salt Lake Temple, operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the best-known Mormon temple. ... Alcoholic beverages An alcoholic beverage is a drink containing ethanol, commonly known as alcohol, although in chemistry the definition of alcohol includes many other compounds. ... This article is about family values as a political concept. ... Sexual abstinence is the practice of voluntarily refraining from some or all aspects of sexual activity. ...


Early life and education

Mitt Romney graduated from the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (now Cranbrook Kingswood School). After attending Stanford University for two quarters, Romney served in France for 30 months as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[13] In June of 1968 Romney was involved in a serious car accident while driving fellow missionaries in southern France. Another vehicle hit Romney's car head on; the fault for the accident, which left one person dead, has been attributed to the driver of the other vehicle.[14] This article is about the private Pre K-12 school in the United States; For alternate uses, including other Cranbrook Schools, see Cranbrook (disambiguation). ... Stanford redirects here. ... A pair of sister missionaries at the Oakland Temple Visitors Center The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) is one of the most active modern practitioners of missionary work, with over 50,000 full-time missionaries worldwide. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ...


After his mission service Romney began attending Brigham Young University, where he graduated as valedictorian, earning his B.A. summa cum laude in 1971. In 1975, Romney graduated from a joint JD/MBA program coordinated between Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. He graduated cum laude from the law school and was named a Baker Scholar for graduating in the top five percent of his business school class.[15] , Brigham Young University (BYU), located in Provo, Utah, is a private coeducational school completely owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church) and run under the auspices of its Church Educational System. ... In the United States and Canada, the title of valedictorian (an anglicized derivation from the Latin vale dicere, to say farewell) is given to the top graduate of the graduating class (the Australia/New Zealand equivalent being dux, although some Australian universities use the American term) of an educational institution. ... A B.A. issued from the University of Tennessee. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... “J.D.” redirects here. ... MBA redirects here. ... Harvard Law School (colloquially, Harvard Law or HLS) is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. ... Harvard Business School, officially named the Harvard Business School: George F. Baker Foundation, and also known as HBS, is one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... Baker Scholar is one of the top academic honors for a Harvard Business School graduate. ...


Business career

After graduation Romney went to work for the The Boston Consulting Group, where he had interned during the summer of 1974.[16] From 1978 to 1984, Romney was a vice president of Bain & Company, Inc., another Boston-based management consulting firm. In 1984, Romney left Bain & Company to co-found a Bain & Company spin-off private equity investment firm called Bain Capital.[17] During the 14 years he headed the company, Bain Capital's average annual internal rate of return on realized investments was 113 percent,[18] making money primarily through leveraged buyouts.[19] He invested in or bought many well-known companies such as Staples, Brookstone, Domino's, Sealy Corporation and The Sports Authority.[20] The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a management consulting firm founded by Harvard Business School alum Bruce Henderson in 1963. ... Bain & Company is a management consulting firm, headquartered in Boston, MA, that is recognized as one of the leading business institutions in the world. ... Management consultant redirects here. ... Private equity is a broad term that refers to any type of equity investment in an asset in which the equity is not freely tradable on a public stock market. ... Bain Capital LLC is a Boston, Massachusetts-based private equity firm founded in 1984 by Mitt Romney, the late Governor of Massachusetts, and two other partners from the consulting firm Bain & Company: T. Coleman Andrews III and Eric Kriss. ... A leveraged buyout (or LBO) occurs when a financial sponsor gains control of a majority of a target companys equity through the use of borrowed money or debt. ... STAPLES redirects here. ... Brookstone is a chain of stores on the west coast of the United States. ... Dominos Pizza is an international pizza delivery franchise and fast-food restaurant chain headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. ... Sealy Corporation (NYSE: ZZ) is a major mattress manufacturer. ... The Sports Authority is the Americas largest sporting goods full line sporting goods retailer. ...


In 1990, Romney was asked to return to Bain & Company, which was facing financial collapse. As CEO, Romney managed an effort to restructure the firm's employee stock-ownership plan, real-estate deals and bank loans, while increasing fiscal transparency. Within a year, he had led Bain & Company through a highly successful turnaround and returned the firm to profitability without layoffs or partner defections.[18]


Romney left Bain Capital in 1998 to head the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games Organizing Committee.[21]


He and his wife have a net worth of between 190 and 250 million USD.[22] USD redirects here. ...


CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee

Romney served as president and CEO of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games held in Salt Lake City. In 1999, the event was running $379 million short of its revenue benchmarks. Plans were being made to scale back the games in order to compensate for the fiscal crisis.[23] The Games were also damaged by allegations of bribery involving top officials, including then Salt Lake Olympic Committee (SLOC) President and CEO Frank Joklik. Joklik and SLOC vice president Dave Johnson were forced to resign.[24] (Redirected from 2002 Olympic Winter Games) The XIX Olympic Winter Games were held in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ... The 2002 Winter Olympic bid scandal was a scandal involving allegations of bribery to obtain the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... There are a number of notable public figures named Dave Johnson, including: Dave Johnson, an Ontario Progressive Conservative politician Dave Johnson, the head of Canadas National Swimming Program from 1992-2004 Dave Johnson, an Olympic athlete Davey Johnson, a MLB player and manager This is a disambiguation page — a...


On February 11, 1999, Romney was hired as the new president and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.[25] Romney revamped the organization's leadership and policies, reduced budgets and boosted fundraising. He also worked to ensure the safety of the Games following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by coordinating a $300 million security budget.[26] Despite the initial fiscal shortfall, the Games ended up clearing a profit of $100 million, not counting the $224.5 million in security costs contributed by outside sources.[27][28] is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ...


Romney contributed $1 million to the Olympics, and donated the $825,000 salary he earned as President and CEO to charity.[29] He wrote a book about his experience called Turnaround (ISBN 978-1-59698-514-8). Turnaround is a book written by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. ...


Massachusetts political campaigns

Campaign for United States Senate, 1994 election

In 1994, Romney won the Massachusetts Republican Party's nomination for U.S. Senate after defeating businessman John Lakian in the primary.[30] Romney's mother had run for the Senate in 1970.[31] Some early polls showed Romney close to the Senator Ted Kennedy. One Boston Herald/WCVB-TV poll taken after the September 20, 1994 primary showed Romney ahead 44 percent to 42 percent, within the poll's sampling margin of error.[32] Kennedy, who typically faced only "token" GOP opposition for his senate seat was more vulnerable than usual in 1994, in part because of the unpopularity of the Democratic Congress as a whole and also because this was Kennedy's first election since the William Kennedy Smith trial in Florida, in which Ted Kennedy had taken some public relations hits regarding his character. President Bill Clinton traveled to Massachusetts to campaign for Kennedy.[citation needed] Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... John Lakian is a multi-millionaire businessman and former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate. ... Edward Kennedy Edward Moore Ted Kennedy, (born February 22, 1932, in Brookline, Massachusetts) is a Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts. ... The Boston Herald is a tabloid newspaper (not to be confused with tabloid press periodicals), the smaller of the two big dailies in Boston, Massachusetts, with a daily circulation of 230,543 in September 2005. ... WCVB-TV is the ABC affiliate in Boston, Massachusetts. ... is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The top portion of this graphic depicts probability densities (for a binomial distribution) that show the relative likelihood that the true percentage is in a particular area given a reported percentage of 50%. The bottom portion of this graphic shows the margin of error, the corresponding zone of 95% confidence. ... William Kennedy Smith (born September 4, 1960) is an American physician whose work focuses on landmines and the rehabilitation of people disabled by them. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ...


After Romney touted his business credentials and his record at creating jobs within his company, Kennedy ran campaign ads showing an Indiana company bought out by Romney's firm, Bain Capital, and interviews with its union workers who had been fired and criticized Romney for the loss of their jobs, one saying, "I don’t think Romney is creating jobs because he took every one of them away."[33] Although both Kennedy and Romney supported the abortion rights established under Roe v. Wade, Kennedy accused Romney of being "multiple choice" on the issue, rather than "pro choice" (a shot at what he stated were Romney's flip flops on the issue). According to figures in The Almanac of American Politics 1996, which relies on official campaign finance reports, Romney spent over $7 million of his own money, with Kennedy spending more than $10 million from his campaign fund, mostly in the last weeks of the campaign (this was the second-most expensive race of the 1994 election cycle, after the Dianne Feinstein vs. Michael Huffington Senate race in California).[34] Kennedy won the election with 58 percent of the vote to Romney's 41 percent, the smallest margin in Kennedy's nine elections to the Senate through 2006.[35] Holding Texas law making it a crime to assist a woman to get an abortion violated her due process rights. ... The Almanac of American Politics is a reference work published biennially by the National Journal Group. ... Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (born June 22, 1933) is currently the senior U.S. Senator from California, having held office as a senator since 1992. ... Michael Huffington (born September 3, 1947 in Dallas, Texas) is an American politician belonging to the Republican party, and a film producer. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


Campaign for Governor, 2002 election

See also: 2002 Mitt Romney residency issue

In 2002, Republican Lieutenant Governor Jane Swift was expected to campaign for the governor's office. Swift had served as acting governor after Republican Governor Paul Cellucci resigned upon being appointed U.S. Ambassador to Canada. Swift was viewed as an unpopular executive, and her administration was plagued by political missteps and personal scandals.[36] Many Republicans viewed her as a liability and considered her unable to win a general election against a Democrat.[37] Prominent GOP activists campaigned to persuade Romney to run for governor.[38] One poll taken at this time showed that Republicans favored Romney over Swift by more than 50 percentage points.[39] Swift decided not to seek her party's nomination. Every four years, Massachusetts holds state-wide elections for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the Commonwealth, and State Treasurer. ... During the 2002 Massachusetts governor’s race, one widely discussed issue was whether Republican Candidate Mitt Romney was eligible to run for governor under the state constitution’s residency requirements. ... Jane Maria Swift (born February 24, 1965) is an American politician from Melrose, Massachusetts. ... An acting governor is a constitutional position created in some U.S. states when the governor dies in office or resigns. ... Paul Cellucci Argeo Paul Cellucci (born April 24, 1948) better known as Paul Cellucci, is an American politician and diplomat, former Governor of Massachusetts, and former Ambassador to Canada. ... This is a list of ambassadors from the United States to Canada. ...


Massachusetts Democratic Party officials claimed that Romney was ineligible to run for governor, citing residency issues. The Massachusetts Constitution requires seven consecutive years of residency prior to a run for office. Romney claimed residency in Utah from 1999 to 2002, during his time as president of the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee. In 1999 he listed himself as a part-time Massachusetts resident.[40] The Massachusetts Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Massachusetts State Ballot Law Commission, which eventually ruled that Romney was eligible to run for office. The ruling was not challenged in court.[41] The Massachusetts Democratic Party is the state affiliate of the United States Democratic Party in the U.S. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the fundamental governing document of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Massachusetts Democratic Party is the state affiliate of the United States Democratic Party in the U.S. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ...


Supporters of Romney hailed his business record, especially his success with the 2002 Olympics, as that of one who would be able to bring in a new era of efficiency into Massachusetts politics.[42] Romney contributed $6.3 million to his own campaign during the election, at the time a state record.[43] Romney was elected Governor in November 2002 with 50 percent of the vote over Democratic candidate Shannon O'Brien, who received 45 percent of the vote.[44] Shannon OBrien is a Democrat from Massachusetts. ...


Governor of Massachusetts, 2003–2007

Romney was sworn in as the 70th governor of Massachusetts on January 2, 2003. Upon entering office, Romney faced a projected $3 billion deficit, but a previously enacted $1.3 billion capital gains tax increase and $500 million in unanticipated federal grants decreased the deficit to $1.2 billion.[45] (This article surveys only the period that Romney was Governor of Massachusetts) Mitt Romney was sworn in as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts on January 2, 2003, along with Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey. ... is the 2nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Through a combination of spending cuts and lower taxes, and removal of tax loopholes the State had a $700 million surplus by 2006.[46] Romney supported raising various fees by $500 million per year, including raising fees for driver's licenses, marriage licenses, and gun licenses.[47] Romney increased the state gasoline tax by 2 cents per gallon, generating about $60 million per year in additional tax revenue.[48] Romney also closed a tax loopholes that brought in another $181 million from businesses over the next two years;[48] The state legislature with Romney's support also cut spending by $1.6 billion, including $700 million in reductions in state aid to cities and towns. [49] The cuts also included a $140 million reduction in state funding for higher education, which led state-run colleges and universities to increase tuition by 63%.[48] Romney sought additional cuts in his last year as Massachusetts governor by vetoing nearly 250 items in the state budget. All of those vetoes were overturned by the legislature.[50]


According to an analysis by the Tax Foundation, the state and local tax burden in Massachusetts increased from 10 percent to 10.6 percent of per capita income during Romney's governorship.[48]


On April 12, 2006, Romney signed the Massachusetts health reform law which mandates nearly all Massachusetts residents to buy health insurance coverage or else face a substantial penalty in the form of an additional income tax assessment. The bill also establishes means-tested state subsidies for people without adequate employer insurance and who make below an income threshold by using funds previously designated to compensate for the health costs of the uninsured.[51] [52] [53] He vetoed 8 sections of the health care legislation, including an employer assessment[54] [55] and provisions providing health coverage to senior and disabled legal immigrants not eligible for federal Medicaid.[56] [57] The legislature overrode all eight vetoes. Romney's communications director Eric Fehrnstrom responded saying "These differences with the Legislature are not essential to the goal of getting everyone covered with insurance." is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Massachusetts Health Reform Law was enacted as Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006 of the Massachusetts Legislature, entitled: The law requires nearly all residents of Massachusetts to purchase health insurance or obtain coverage through State sponsored insurance for those with low incomes. ... Immigration is the act of moving to or settling in another country or region, temporarily or permanently. ...


At the beginning of his governorship, Romney opposed same-sex marriage and civil unions.[58] [59] Faced with the dilemma of choosing between same-sex marriage or civil unions after the November 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision legalizing same-sex marriages (Goodridge v. Department of Public Health), Romney reluctantly backed a state constitutional amendment in February 2004 that would have banned same-sex marriage but still allow civil unions, viewing it as the only feasible way to ban same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.[60] In May 2004 Romney instructed town clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but citing a 1913 law that barred out-of-state residents from getting married in Massachusetts if their union would be illegal in their home state, [61] [62] no marriage licenses were to be issued to out-of-state same-sex couples not planning to move to Massachusetts. In June 2005, Romney abandoned his support for the compromise amendment, stating that the amendment confused voters who oppose both same-sex marriage and civil unions. Instead, Romney endorsed a petition effort led by the Coalition for Marriage & Family that would have banned same-sex marriage and made no provisions for civil unions.[63] In 2006 he urged the U.S. Senate to vote in favor of the Marriage Protection Amendment.[64][65] The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) is the highest court in the United States Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... Holding The denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples violated provisions of the state constitution guaranteeing individual liberty and equality, and was not rationally related to a legitimate state interest. ... The United States Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution which would define marriage in the United States as a union of one man and one woman. ...


On December 14, 2005, Romney announced that he would not seek re-election for a second term as governor.[66] Romney left office with a favorability rating of 43%. [67] is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Romney filed papers to establish a formal exploratory presidential campaign committee the next to last day in office as governor.[68] Romney's term ended January 4, 2007. is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Campaign for United States President, 2008 election

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Since the 2004 Republican National Convention, Romney had been discussed as a potential 2008 presidential candidate.[69] On January 3, 2007, two days before he stepped down as governor of Massachusetts, Romney filed to form a presidential exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission.[70][71] On February 13, 2007 Romney formally announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president in 2008. Image File history File links Ballot_box_current. ... This article is about the political process. ... Mitt Romney is a Republican Party primary candidate to represent his party in the 2008 United States presidential election. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 2004 Republican National Convention Logo President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney accepted their partys nomination to run for second terms. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... In the election politics of the United States, an exploratory committee is an organization established to help determine whether a potential candidate should run for an elected office. ... The Federal Election Commission (or FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that was founded in 1975 by the United States Congress to regulate the campaign finance legislation in the United States. ... is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


In August, 2007, Romney won the Ames Straw Poll with 31% of the vote.[72] His closest rival in the Straw Poll, Mike Huckabee, received 18% of the total vote. [73] Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and the then-unofficial candidate Fred Thompson, did not attend. Romney also won the Illinois Straw Poll with 40.35% of the vote, with Fred Thompson coming in 2nd with 19.96% of the total vote.[74] For other uses, see August (disambiguation). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Ames Straw Poll is a straw poll that takes place in Ames, Iowa on a Saturday in August of years in which the Republican presidential nomination is undecided (that is, in years without an incumbent Republican President). ... Huckabee redirects here. ... Rudolph William Louis Giuliani III, (born May 28, 1944) is an American lawyer, prosecutor, businessman, and Republican politician from the state of New York. ... For McCains grandfather and father, see John S. McCain, Sr. ... This article is about the actor/politician. ... This article is about the actor/politician. ...


Romney has been criticized for comparing his sons' campaign service to service in the military. Said Romney, "one of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping to get me elected.” Neither Romney nor his five sons have served in the military.[75] Romney later apologized and said he misspoke and that there is no comparison to the sacrifice that military persons make.[76]

Romney at a parade in Milford, New Hampshire; September 3, 2007
Romney at a parade in Milford, New Hampshire; September 3, 2007

Another criticism of Romney is that he is the Republican version of John Kerry. Former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of his main rivals, accused Romney of 'flip-flopping' on issues[77]. For example, Romney is seen to have changed his views on gay rights because of his previous support for Bill Clinton's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy". [78]. Also like Kerry, Mitt Romney is financing much of his campaign with his own personal fortune, contributing over $17 million to the campaign[79]. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 528 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (661 × 750 pixel, file size: 944 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 528 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (661 × 750 pixel, file size: 944 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Union Square in 2006 Milford is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA, on the Souhegan River. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ...


As of September 2007, state-by-state polls for the 2008 Republican nomination show that Romney has electoral support in the key early states of Iowa[80], and New Hampshire[81] as well as polling strongly in Nevada[82], Michigan[83] (which may be a key early state), Utah[84] and Idaho[85]. This article is a collection of scientific, state-wide public opinion polls that have been conducted relating to the Republican presidential primaries, 2008 by State. ...


Political positions

Mitt Romney's political positions have evolved considerably over the course of his political career. As a candidate for office in Massachusetts, Romney repeatedly claimed to hold liberal or moderate views on social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. As a candidate for the Republican nomination for President, Romney has expressed views more in line with traditional conservative ones on social issues, and now portrays himself as a social conservative. Many of United States presidential candidate Mitt Romneys past and present political positions are visible through his actions, proposals, and statements made during his Massachusetts political campaigns and as governor of Massachusetts, 2003-2007. ...


Romney has explained his changing views as a process of evolution. He contends that he has gradually come to agree with the conservative position on numerous social issues. Critics of Romney, on the left and the right, are less flattering and portray Romney as an opportunist. Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, once said of Romney “The real Romney is clearly an extraordinarily ambitious man with no perceivable political principle whatsoever. He is the most intellectually dishonest human being in the history of politics.” Fellow Republican Presidential candidate Senator John McCain also criticized Romney, saying "Maybe I should wait a couple of weeks and see if it [Romney's views on immigration] changes because it's changed in less than a year from his position before." Barnett Barney Frank (born March 31, 1940) is an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives. ... For McCains grandfather and father, see John S. McCain, Sr. ...


Romney now believes that Roe v. Wade should be overturned and believes a constitutional amendment is appropriate when America is ready for it and that abortion is wrong except to save the life of the mother.[86] Romney has made pro-choice comments in the past, but now says he has reversed his position.[87]


As governor of Massachusetts, Romney opposed amending the constitution to codify only traditional marriage, believing it unnecessary. He changed his mind in 2003, however, when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of legalized same-sex marriage, Romney lobbied for a state constitutional amendment.[88] The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) is the highest court in the United States Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ...


Romney supported the invasion of Iraq[89], and supports the Iraq War troop surge of 2007, though in Summer 2007 he said that it was still too early to gauge its success.[90] Upon hearing the testimony of General Petraeus, Romney reemphasized his agreement with current policy in Iraq and has called for a "Surge of Support" for the military. Romney has called for increased military spending to at least 4% of the United States GDP and wishes to increase the size of the military by at least 100,000 troops[91]. “The New Way Forward” redirects here. ... The decline in attacks after surge operations fully commenced. ... David Howell Petraeus (born November 7, 1952) is a general in the United States Army and commander of Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF-I), the four-star post that oversees all U.S. forces in the country. ...


Romney has focused on tax relief for "middle income Americans" and has advocated eliminating the capital gains tax for all those who earn less than $200,000 per year. [92] Romney has also advocated eliminating the inheritance tax,[93] signed a pledge to oppose "any and all efforts" to increase income taxes,[94] and promises to control spending by Congress. A capital gains tax (abbreviated: CGT) is a tax charged on capital gains, the profit realized on the sale of an asset that was purchased at a lower price. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


Romney currently supports the death penalty, charter schools, and sentencing under the three strikes law.[95][96][97] Romney has called for secure borders through reforming current immigration laws. Romney welcomes increased legal immigration and supports implementing a mandatory biometrically enabled, tamper proof documentation and employment verification system. Romney said that he would like to see illegal immigrants register with the government and apply for citizenship.[98] Romney supports the use of enhanced interrogation techniques[99] but says that he opposes the use of torture during prisoner interrogation.[100] Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the state as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offences. ... In the United States, a charter school is a school that is created via a legal charter. ... Three strikes laws are statutes enacted by state governments in the United States which require the state courts to hand down a mandatory and extended period of incarceration to persons who have been convicted of a serious criminal offense on three or more separate occasions. ... 2000 Census Population Ancestry Map Immigration to the United States of America is the movement of non-residents to the United States. ... Painting of waterboarding from Cambodias Tuol Sleng Prison Enhanced interrogation techniques is a term that the Bush administration uses to describe techniques of aggressively extracting information from captives which they say are necessary in the War on Terror. ... For other uses, see Torture (disambiguation). ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


Electoral history

  • 2002 Race for Governor, Massachusetts
    • Mitt Romney (R), 50%
    • Shannon O'Brien (D), 45%
    • Jill Stein (J), 3%
    • Carla Howell (L), 1%
    • Barbara Johnson (U), 1%
  • 1994 Race for U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
    • Edward Kennedy (D) (incumbent), 58%
    • Mitt Romney (R), 41%
    • Lauraleigh Dozier (L), 0.7%
    • William Ferguson, 0.2%

Jill Stein is a physician and twice political candidate residing in Lexington, Massachusetts. ... Carla A. Howell (b. ... Edward Kennedy Edward Moore Ted Kennedy, (born February 22, 1932, in Brookline, Massachusetts) is a Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts. ...

See also

Mitt Romney is a Republican Party primary candidate to represent his party in the 2008 United States presidential election. ... Many of United States presidential candidate Mitt Romneys past and present political positions are visible through his actions, proposals, and statements made during his Massachusetts political campaigns and as governor of Massachusetts, 2003-2007. ... (This article surveys only the period that Romney was Governor of Massachusetts) Mitt Romney was sworn in as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts on January 2, 2003, along with Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey. ... Presidents and Prophets: The Story of Americas Presidents and the LDS Church is the title of a book, talk CD, and DVD documentary by Michael K. Winder, a member of the Utah Board of State History. ...

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jane Swift
as Acting Governor
Governor of Massachusetts
January 2, 2003January 4, 2007
Succeeded by
Deval Patrick
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Argeo Paul Cellucci
Massachusetts Republican Party gubernatorial candidate
2002
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Kerry Healey
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NAME Romney, Willard Mitt
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Romney, Mitt
SHORT DESCRIPTION American politician
DATE OF BIRTH March 12, 1947
PLACE OF BIRTH Detroit, Michigan United States
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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