Mitt Romney's record

Globe coverage of the past and policies of the former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate.

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Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is the Republican presidential candidate who hopes to unseat President Barack Obama in the November elections. In this section, the Globe takes a thorough look at Romney's record on a wide range of issues, his time in the private sector, and the policies he plans to pursue if elected.

Governor Romney signed the state health care overhaul bill into law to much fanfare at a Faneuil Hall ceremony in 2006.


Romney and health care: In the thick of history

The former governor has faced a fusillade from the right for the Mass. law. But a look back shows why he can’t, and won’t, back away. It was an amazing political feat, and no one’s role was bigger than his.

Recent coverage


// Why Mitt Romney lost

For all the similarities between father and son, as a candidate George Romney was undisciplined and unbudging. Mitt, meanwhile, was controlled and exquisitely adaptive.

Romney, Obama both now lay claim to mantra of ‘change’

The final pitches of President Obama and Mitt Romney illustrate the shifting terrain of both the race and the economy.

Grant Bennett said Mitt Romney takes his church responsibilities seriously.

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Belmont at home with Romneys

The quiet community where Mitt Romney has lived since 1971 has gotten used to the commotion of his celebrity, and many people in town have a Romney story.

Voter resources

// Who’s on your ballot?

Get a summary of the candidates on your ballot and where they stand on the issues, provided by

Romney book

// The Real Romney

Information about the definitive biography of Mitt Romney, written by Scott Helman and Michael Kranish of The Boston Globe.

Education policy

Republican Mitt Romney opposed bilingual education during his campaign for Massachusetts governor in 2002

Mitt Romney’s education record was mixed

A review of Romney’s efforts as governor to impose changes on Mass. public schools reveals a wide disconnect between what he says on the stump and what he accomplished.

Immigration and foreign policy

The economy

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney unveiled his 2004 spending plan.

On Mass. economy, Mitt Romney’s record mixed

Romney inherited an economy in 2003 similar to the one President Obama found entering the White House in 2009. For both, progress was slow, and for many, disappointing.

Social issues

In July 2006, former governor Mitt Romney vetoed a $158,000 budget line item that was earmarked for counseling violence victims in the “LGBT community.’’

Mass. stalled antibullying guide under Romney

Former governor Mitt Romney’s administration blocked publication of a guide for public schools because officials objected to use of the terms “bisexual’’ and “transgender.’’

Hidden video controversy

Mitt Romney, aware that his comments could cause lasting damage, hastily convened a brief press conference Monday night.

Romney says dependent 47% back Obama

Mitt Romney talked disparagingly about nearly half the electorate in a recently released video, saying they were “dependent on government.”

Romney and religion

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney greeted supporters at a rally Monday in Manchester, N.H.

Romney showing his Mormon faith

The GOP candidate’s decision to open up his church visit to the press on Sunday was the most notable in a series of recent efforts to reveal more about his faith.

Globe columns on Romney


What does Mitt Romney really believe?

If you’ve watched him run once as a progressive Republican, then as a moderate Republican, and now as a self-proclaimed conservative, that’s a very real and perplexing question.