Ron Paul is an American doctor and politician. He is currently a Republican Congressman for the state of Texas. He was a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, and then worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist during the 1960s and 1970s. He has been credited with being the “intellectual godfather” of the Tea Party movement and for clashing with both Republican and Democratic party leaders. EDUinReview will now take a look at Paul’s education background.
Paul was born on August 20, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents are Margaret and Howard Paul. He attended Dormont High School, where he was the 220-yard dash state champion during his junior year. After high school, Paul attended Gettysburg College and earned his bachelor’s degree in biology in 1957. During his undergraduate studies, he was also an active member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Four years later, Paul earned his M.D. degree from Duke University‘s School of Medicine. In 1963, he joined the United States Air Force and served as a flight surgeon until 1965. Later that year, he joined the United States Air National Guard. After finishing his career in the military service, Paul moved to Texas with his wife in order to pursue a medical career.
Paul first became involved in politics in 1974 when he ran against Robert R. Casey for the a position in the USA Congress. In 1976, Casey was appointed to head the Federal Maritime Commission and Paul filled the suddenly empty seat but then lost the position a few months later during the general election. Paul was finally elected to the House of Representatives and founded the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education in 1976.
In 1988, Paul made his first run for President of the USA. He placed third in the popular vote in 46 states. He made plans to run for President again in 2008 but withdrew his bid in June 2008 because he thought his resources would be better spent in efforts to improve America. Paul must have been hoping that the third time will be the charm when he announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on May 13, 2011. In June 2011, Paul won the presidential straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans by almost 40 percent.
On a personal note, Paul married Carol Wells in 1957. The couple has five children: Ronald, Lori, Rand, Robert, and Joy. The children were all baptized Episcopalian and raised in this religion.