Candidate profile

Mitt Romney

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Introduction to Mitt Romney

The former Massachusetts governor is following Olympian Dan Jansen’s example as he tries to rebound from a loss in his 2008 presidential campaign to win the GOP nomination next year. He has scaled back his operation, highlighted his business background amid the recession, and focused largely on President Obama despite having an array of primary opponents. His biggest challenge may be convincing moderates and independents – as well as conservatives – that he won’t flip-flop on his campaign promises. - Glen Johnson, Globe Staff


Born: March, 12, 1947

Birthplace: Detroit, Mich.


Current home: Belmont, Mass.

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Education: Bachelor of Arts in English, Brigham Young University, 1971. Master of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, 1975. Juris Doctor, Harvard Law School, 1975.

Current job: Candidate

Resume highlights: Mitt Romney most recently served as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Before that he was CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee in Salt Lake City, CEO of the consulting firm Bain Company, and the co-founder of the investment firm Bain Capital.

Before winning the gubernatorial election in 2002, Romney unsuccessfully ran for statewide office in Massachusetts in 1994, challenging Edward M. Kennedy in a bid for the US Senate. He was also a GOP presidential in 2008, but lost to the eventual nominee, John McCain, in the primaries.


The son of a former Michigan governor, Romney was raised outside of Detroit. He attended Brigham Young University, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School. Romney and his wife, Ann, have five sons and 16 grandchildren.

Elective offices: Governor of Massachusetts

Family: Wife Ann; sons Tagg, Ben, Matt, Craig, and Josh.