Mitt Romney

United States Senator from Utah since 2019

Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947), usually called Mitt Romney, is an American politician and businessman. Romney is the junior United States senator from Utah since January 3, 2019. He was the 70th Governor of Massachusetts serving from 2003 to 2007. He ran for the Republican Party nomination in the 2008 election, but lost the nomination to United States senator John McCain of Arizona.

Mitt Romney
Dark-haired man with graying hair at the temples, dressed in dark suit, at a nighttime indoor
United States Senator
from Utah
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Serving with Mike Lee
Preceded byOrrin Hatch
70th Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 2, 2003 – January 4, 2007
LieutenantKerry Healey
Preceded byPaul Cellucci
Jane Swift (Acting)
Succeeded byDeval Patrick
Personal details
Willard Mitt Romney

(1947-03-12) March 12, 1947 (age 77)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Ann Romney
ResidenceHolladay, Utah, U.S.
Alma materBrigham Young University (BA)
Harvard University (MBA, JD)
ProfessionManagement consultant, Venture capitalist, Private equity
Net worthUS $190–250 million (2012)
PositionsCofounder and CEO, Bain Capital (1984–2002)
CEO, Bain & Company (1991–92)
CEO, 2002 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee (1999–2002)
SignatureSignature "Mitt Romney", first name more legible than last name

Romney would run again for the nomination in the 2012 election, only this time winning the nomination beating former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Speaker Newt Gingrich. His running mate was U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. He ran against the incumbent President Barack Obama. He lost the election winning 206 of the electoral college to Obama's 332.

In the aftermath of the election, Romney remained low in politics and in the 2016 presidential election, Romney was a critic of Donald Trump and would endorse former Governor Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party. After the election of Trump, it was thought that Trump would pick Romney as Secretary of State, but the position went to businessman Rex Tillerson.[1][2]

After Utah Senator Orrin Hatch retired on February 16, 2018, Romney became a candidate for the United States senate in the 2018 election.[3] In June 2018, Romney won the Republican nomination for the Senate seat.[4] He won the general election in a landslide victory replacing retiring Senator Orrin Hatch.

Early life change

Romney was born in Detroit. His father, George Romney, was an auto executive and Governor of Michigan and his mother Lenore Romney, was an actress and politician. When Mitt was young, he served a Mormon mission in France. Romney graduated from Brigham Young University, in 1971, and later went to Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. In the 1980s, Romney was one of the leaders of Bain Capital, a company that bought other companies and tried to make them more profitable. In 1994, Romney ran for the United States Senate against Ted Kennedy, but lost. Romney was in charge of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, which helped run the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.[5] Romney took over the committee after a scandal where some people were being bribed.

Career change

After success with the Olympics, Romney became Governor of Massachusetts. While Governor, he was one of the supporters of Massachusetts' health care plan though he now opposes Barack Obama's health care plan. Both plans are very similar.[6][7]

He ran for president in 2008, but the Republican Party nominated John McCain instead.[8] He ran again in 2012 and was nominated to be the main Republican candidate against President Barack Obama, but lost the election.[9]

Political life change

2012 presidential campaign change

Beginning of the campaign change

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the presidential campaign, 2012

After winning the Republican Party presidential primaries in 2012, Mitt Romney took part of the United States presidential election. He won the primaries against its major rivals Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich. Right after his winning in the republican primaries and access to the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney has been critiqued by the Democratic Party (United States) for being part in the board of directors for the company Bain Capital Inc. from 1999 to 2002. During these three years, purchases of different companies by Bain Capital led to relocation of high-tech jobs in the United States to Mexico and China.[10] In these uncertain economic times, this charge was unpopular with the average American. The Democratic Party (United States) also revealed with the help of the American Broadcasting Company that Mitt Romney has bank accounts in the Cayman Islands which would allow him to stare money over U.S. tax laws . About this guilt, Mitt Romney said during his campaign in New Hampshire :"{…} if there's an opportunity to save taxes, we like anybody else in this country will follow that opportunity.”.[11]

The first presidential TV debate change

During the first televised debate of the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney accused President Obama of having plunged America into the deepest economic crisis since the 1930s. He also suggests that President Barack Obama had not met its promises during his presidential previous mandate like increase the real income of the average American family.[12] Mitt Romney made a provision to which pleased many American citizens during the debate that allowed him to gain some points to national survey and even surpass Barack Obama in the voting intentions of Americans.[13]

The 47% story change

After the first debate, an internet site named revealed on Monday September. 17, 2012 a YouTube video of Mitt Romney talking about some people of the United States who live at the expense of the state.

Romney and Obama Oval Office meeting after the defeat of Mitt

In this video he said: "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it -- that that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."[14][15]

Conclusion of the 2012 presidential campaign change

On the night of November 6, 2012, he announced that Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States of America and by extension Mitt Romney lost his chance to become president. He had received 206 votes against the 270 required to win.[16][17]

His niece, Ronna Romney McDaniel, became the new Chair of the Republican Party after President Donald Trump nominated the then-Chairman Reince Priebus to White House Chief of Staff.

U.S. Senator from Utah change

On January 2, 2018, after Orrin Hatch announced he would retire, Romney changed his Twitter location from Massachusetts to Holladay, Utah opening the long speculation of Romney running for the Senate seat.[18]

On February 16, 2018, Romney formally launched his campaign through a video message posted on Facebook and Twitter.[19][20] He won the Republican nomination on June 26, 2018.[4]

Romney defeated Jenny Wilson in the general election in November 2018.

On February 13, 2021 Romney voted that Republican nominated President Donald Trump was guilty of starting the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol. He and six other Republican senators also voted that Trump was guilty. This was after the House of Representatives Second impeachment of Donald Trump.[21]

In 2021, Romney received the Profile in Courage Award for his impeachment vote for Trump.[22]

In September 2023, Romney announced he would not run for re-election in 2024 and retire from the Senate when his term expires in 2025.[23]

References change

  1. "Trump meets with Romney, secretary of state job to potentially be discussed". Fox News. November 19, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  2. Shear, Michael D.; Haberman, Maggie (December 12, 2016). "Rex Tillerson, Exxon C.E.O., Chosen as Secretary of Stat". The New York Times. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  3. "Mitt Romney is running for Senate in Utah".
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Utah Primary Election Results". The New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  5. Romney says Games should break even, at least Archived 2012-01-12 at the Wayback Machine, February 24, 2002
  6. Dzieza, Josh (6 March 2012). "Romneycare and Obamacare Differ Only in Inconsequential Ways". The Daily Beast – via
  7. "RomneyCare & ObamaCare: Can you tell the difference?". PolitiFact.
  8. "McCain wins GOP nomination; Huckabee bows out - CNN". Archived from the original on 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-06-02.
  9. CNN, By Gregory Wallace (30 May 2012). "Romney hits 'magic number' for GOP nomination - CNNPolitics". CNN. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  10. "Romney's Bain Capital Is Sending a Bunch of High-Tech Jobs to China on the Day Before the Election". 15 October 2012.
  11. "Romney Parks Millions in Cayman Islands". ABC News.
  12. Zeleny, Jeff; Rutenberg, Jim (3 October 2012). "Obama and Romney Hold First Debate". The New York Times.
  13. "Romney's Strong Debate Performance Erases Obama's Lead - Pew Research Center". Washington, DC. 8 October 2012.
  14. "Fact-checking Romney's "47 percent" comment".
  15. "Mitt Romney on Obama Voters - YouTube".
  16. "Obama re-elected as US president". BBC News. 7 November 2012.
  17. "Obama Elected 2012: President Clinches Electoral Vote Win". 7 November 2012 – via Huff Post.
  18. Kapur, Sahil (January 2, 2018). "Romney Changes Location on Twitter as Utah Senate Seat Opens". Bloomberg News. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  19. Reston, Maeve. "Romney announces US Senate run". CNN. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  20. "Mitt Romney is officially running for U.S. Senate". USA Today.
  21. "7 Republicans found Trump 'guilty' of inciting Capitol riot. They explain their vote". Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  22. "Romney gets Profile in Courage Award for impeachment vote". AP NEWS. April 20, 2021.
  23. Balz, Dan (2023-09-13). "Mitt Romney says he will not seek a second term in the Senate". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2023-09-13.