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Rand Paul

Presidential Candidate, Republican Party

Last Edit: January 8, 2016

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January 1, 1963

Randal Howard “Randy” Paul is born to US Air Force flight surgeon, Ron, and Carol.
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1968

His family moves from Pennsylvania to Texas, where his dad sets up practice as an obstetrician.
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1974

Randy helps his dad, Ron Paul, bid for a Congressional seat by campaigning door to door.
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1976

Randy's dad is his inspiration to enter politics as the elder Paul is elected into US Congress.

1976

His family attends the Republican National Convention to show all-out support for Ronald Reagan.

1981

Randy, a member of the swimming team and the football team, graduates from Brazoswood High School.
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1981

Randy enrolls in Baylor U's honors program; joins swim team, heads Young Conservatives of Texas.

1982-84

Randy writes his first serious political letters to Baylor U's paper, The Lariat.
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1984

He leaves Baylor U to study medicine at Duke U, which takes in students without bachelor's degrees.

1988

While in med school, Randy volunteers during his Libertarian dad's presidential campaign.
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1989

Randy earns a M.D. as he completes a general surgery internship.

1990

Randy marries Kelley Ashby, who will shorten his nickname to “Rand”.

1993

Rand completes his ophthalmology residency at the Duke School of Medicine.
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1993

Rand and Kelley move to Bowling Green, KY, where he practises ophthalmology and they start a family.
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1993

Rand faces first of two malpractice lawsuits within 7 years of each other.

1994

Rand founds Kentucky Taxpayers United, a watchdog that tracks KY taxation and spending.
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1995

Dr. Paul aces American Board of Ophthalmology boards on first attempt; earns 10-year certification.
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1995

Dr. Paul founds Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, an NGO offering free eye care to those in need.
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1997

Dr. Paul and colleagues form the National Board of Ophthalmology to protest American Board's system.
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2000

He lets go of the Kentucky Taxpayers United as the grassroots organization is legally dissolved.
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2002

Dr. Paul receives Twilight Wish Foundation recognition for work toward preserving seniors' eyesight.
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2008

Paul attracts national attention while campaigning for his dad’s Republican presidential nomination.
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December 16, 2009

Paul announces intention to vie for US Senate seat (KY) if incumbent Jim Bunning decides to retire.

Early 2000

Paul gets endorsements from Steve Forbes, James Dobson, and Sarah Palin for his senatorial campaign.

2010

Paul begins term as US Senator (KY) after winning against Democrat Jack Conway by an 11.5% margin.
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2010-14

Paul gains profile, due to his association with the Tea Party movement.

September 2012

Rand Paul authors Government Bullies; his dad Ron Paul pens the foreword.
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March 2013

Rand filibustered to delay voting on nomination of John O. Brennan as Director of the CIA
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April 2013

With Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, threatened another filibuster against expanded gun control. Filibuster fails.
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April 11, 2013

Paul holds a speech at Howard University, explaining his views on the Civil Rights Act.
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October 2013

Rand faces plagiarism controversy in relation to his speeches and books.
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February 2014

Senator Paul joins a lawsuit against Obama and NSA over the collection of phone metadata.

February 2014

Rand Paul publishes his first book, The Tea Party Goes to Washington.

March 2013

Paul introduces Life at Conception Act, guaranteeing right of life from the fertilization moment.
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March 2013

Paul delivers 13-hour filibuster, criticizing the Obama administration's use of drones.

May 2013

Senator Paul performs four pro-bono eye surgeries for patients in need in Paducah, Kentucky.

October 2014

Time magazine puts Paul on cover, calling the senator as “the most interesting man in politics”.

August 2015

Paul goes to Guatemala, where he performs free eye surgeries and ponders brushing up on his Spanish.
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August 2015

Paul travels to Haiti to perform free eye surgeries in a mission sponsored by Moran Eye Center.

April 7, 2015

Paul announces his bid for the US presidency.

April 2015

Paul presents his plan for reducing the national debt.

April 2015

Paul speaks at a summit and vows to continue anti-abortion politics.
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April 2015

Paul becomes the first candidate to accept campaign donations in Bitcoin, the digital currency.

June 15

Although same-sex marriage offends him, Paul says he believes that states should decide the matter.

October 2015

At a Halloween party, Paul mocks national debt by wearing a shirt with the print, “$18 trillion.”
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November 2015

Paul files for 2016 reelection in the US Senate, but remains keen on running for president.

January 14, 2016

Vows to spend “every waking hour” trying to stop @TheRealDonaldTrump from getting the (R) nomination.
1960s

January 1, 1963

Randal Howard “Randy” Paul is born to US Air Force flight surgeon, Ron, and Carol.

1968

His family moves from Pennsylvania to Texas, where his dad sets up practice as an obstetrician.

1970s

1974

Randy helps his dad, Ron Paul, bid for a Congressional seat by campaigning door to door.

1976

Randy's dad is his inspiration to enter politics as the elder Paul is elected into US Congress.

1976

His family attends the Republican National Convention to show all-out support for Ronald Reagan.

1980s

1981

Randy, a member of the swimming team and the football team, graduates from Brazoswood High School.

1981

Randy enrolls in Baylor U's honors program; joins swim team, heads Young Conservatives of Texas.

1982-84

Randy writes his first serious political letters to Baylor U's paper, The Lariat.

1984

He leaves Baylor U to study medicine at Duke U, which takes in students without bachelor's degrees.

1988

While in med school, Randy volunteers during his Libertarian dad's presidential campaign.

1989

Randy earns a M.D. as he completes a general surgery internship.

1990s

1990

Randy marries Kelley Ashby, who will shorten his nickname to “Rand”.

1993

Rand completes his ophthalmology residency at the Duke School of Medicine.

1993

Rand and Kelley move to Bowling Green, KY, where he practises ophthalmology and they start a family.

1993

Rand faces first of two malpractice lawsuits within 7 years of each other.

1994

Rand founds Kentucky Taxpayers United, a watchdog that tracks KY taxation and spending.

1995

Dr. Paul aces American Board of Ophthalmology boards on first attempt; earns 10-year certification.

1995

Dr. Paul founds Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, an NGO offering free eye care to those in need.

1997

Dr. Paul and colleagues form the National Board of Ophthalmology to protest American Board's system.

2000s

2000

He lets go of the Kentucky Taxpayers United as the grassroots organization is legally dissolved.

2002

Dr. Paul receives Twilight Wish Foundation recognition for work toward preserving seniors' eyesight.

2008

Paul attracts national attention while campaigning for his dad’s Republican presidential nomination.

December 16, 2009

Paul announces intention to vie for US Senate seat (KY) if incumbent Jim Bunning decides to retire.

Early 2000

Paul gets endorsements from Steve Forbes, James Dobson, and Sarah Palin for his senatorial campaign.

2010s

2010

Paul begins term as US Senator (KY) after winning against Democrat Jack Conway by an 11.5% margin.

2010-14

Paul gains profile, due to his association with the Tea Party movement.

September 2012

Rand Paul authors Government Bullies; his dad Ron Paul pens the foreword.

March 2013

Rand filibustered to delay voting on nomination of John O. Brennan as Director of the CIA

April 2013

With Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, threatened another filibuster against expanded gun control. Filibuster fails.

April 11, 2013

Paul holds a speech at Howard University, explaining his views on the Civil Rights Act.

October 2013

Rand faces plagiarism controversy in relation to his speeches and books.

February 2014

Senator Paul joins a lawsuit against Obama and NSA over the collection of phone metadata.

February 2014

Rand Paul publishes his first book, The Tea Party Goes to Washington.

March 2013

Paul introduces Life at Conception Act, guaranteeing right of life from the fertilization moment.

March 2013

Paul delivers 13-hour filibuster, criticizing the Obama administration's use of drones.

May 2013

Senator Paul performs four pro-bono eye surgeries for patients in need in Paducah, Kentucky.

October 2014

Time magazine puts Paul on cover, calling the senator as “the most interesting man in politics”.

August 2015

Paul goes to Guatemala, where he performs free eye surgeries and ponders brushing up on his Spanish.

August 2015

Paul travels to Haiti to perform free eye surgeries in a mission sponsored by Moran Eye Center.

April 7, 2015

Paul announces his bid for the US presidency.

April 2015

Paul presents his plan for reducing the national debt.

April 2015

Paul speaks at a summit and vows to continue anti-abortion politics.

April 2015

Paul becomes the first candidate to accept campaign donations in Bitcoin, the digital currency.

June 15

Although same-sex marriage offends him, Paul says he believes that states should decide the matter.

October 2015

At a Halloween party, Paul mocks national debt by wearing a shirt with the print, “$18 trillion.”

November 2015

Paul files for 2016 reelection in the US Senate, but remains keen on running for president.

January 14, 2016

Vows to spend “every waking hour” trying to stop @TheRealDonaldTrump from getting the (R) nomination.

April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015

Paul announces his bid for the US presidency.

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