Governor Romney 101

August 2, 2012

Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee in the 2012 Presidential election.

Governor Romney 101

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns at Basalt Public High School, in Basalt, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, en route to Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney was born in Detroit, in 1947. His father, George, was a “self-made” man who went from being tradesman to the CEO of American Motors. He is the youngest of four children and his mother, Lenore, stayed home to care for the family.

He attended Cranbrook Schools from the 7th grade through high school where he was the manager of the ice hockey team and a member of the pep squad. He also started dating his wife, Ann, during his senior year.

After a year in college at Stamford, he moved to France for two and a half years to be a missionary, a rite of passage for many young Mormon men. During his time there, he learned to speak French and developed a fondness for the country. He has also said that his time as a missionary strengthened his faith.

After his return from France, he finished college at Brigham Young University, where he graduated with honors and gave the commencement address for both his college and at the whole university graduation as well. He went on to attend Harvard, earning a joint business and law degree before becoming a management consultant.

Romney worked in business for several years before starting a firm with a few strategic partners, Bain Capital, where he worked until 1999, when he took a leave of absence to manage the then upcoming Olympic games in Salt Lake City. Though he had run unsuccessfully against Ted Kennedy for a Senate seat in 1994, when he finished working for the Olympics in 2002 he ran for the Governorship of Massachusetts, and won.

He was also a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in the 2008 election, winning 11 primaries and caucuses in 2007. Since that campaign, he has spent time raising money for his Political Action Committee, giving speeches and writing a book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.

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