Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Poll: Trump Poised to Get Lowest Vote Ever Among Latinos
on: April 22, 2016, 02:54:22 pm
Trump is leading the Republican Party into oblivion, losing even more support for Republicans among women and Latinos.
So what's left for the GOP with Trump as the nominee, angry white men, red necks, and David Duke supporters?
My party, the party of Abraham Lincoln, the party of Teddy Roosevelt, the party of Ronald Reagan, lies in shambles.
I weep for my party and I am ashamed of my party for allowing this megalomaniac anywhere near the nomination.
General Discussion / History / Re: Public Offices held by Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates
on: April 07, 2016, 11:26:28 am
Roseanne Barr HA Peace and Freedom Party
Actress, comedian, writer, television producer, director
Early 2012 Announced her candidacy for the Presidential nomination of the Green Party. Lost the nomination to Jill Stein. She then sought the Presidential nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party, which she won on August 4, 2012
2012 Peace and Freedom Party candidate for President U.S., lost to Barack Obama
Cindy Sheehan CA Peace and Freedom Party
Graduated with honors from Cerritos College and studied history at UCLA. Worked as a youth minister at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Vacaville, California for eight years, and also coordinated an after-school program for at-risk middle school children for the City of Vacaville.
An antiwar activist whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War. She attracted national and international media attention in August 2005 for her extended antiwar protest at a makeshift camp outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch—a stand that drew both passionate support and angry criticism.
Is a vocal critic of President Barack Obama's foreign policy
Her memoir, Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heartache to Activism, was published in 2006
2008 Ran unsuccessfully for U.S. House of Representatives CA
2012 Peace and Freedom Party candidate for Vice President U.S. with Roseanne Barr, lost
Has announced her candidacy for the 2014 election for Governor of California
2014 Peace and Freedom Party candidate for Governor CA, lost
Rocky Anderson UT Democratic, Justice Party
Studied ethics, political philosophy, and religious philosophy at the University of Utah. He also explored theological issues in depth and determined that the best course for him was to intensely consider ethical choices, then set certain moral guideposts for his life, and focus on trying to live accordingly, without regard to the doctrines of any organized religion.
1973 Graduated from University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, graduating magna cum laude
1978 Graduated, with honors, from George Washington University Law School, attaining a J.D. degree
While he was practicing law, opposed the Reagan Administration's efforts to overthrow the government in Nicaragua and some of the Administration's other policies relating to Latin America
1996 Democratic Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives UT, lost
Jan 3 2000-Jan 7 2008 Mayor Salt Lake City, UT
Chose not to run for a third term for Mayor Salt Lake City in order to be able to push for reforms of U.S. human rights policies and practices through grassroots organizing
Worked with Mitt Romney in leading Salt Lake City through the 2002 Winter Olympics.
One of Anderson’s key achievements was working effectively with the Utah State Legislature and Mitt Romney in making certain that public safety needs would be adequately financed.
2002 Anderson endorsed Romney's gubernatorial bid in Massachusetts
Romney later endorsed Anderson’s 2003 mayoral re-election campaign
2012 Justice Party candidate for President U.S., lost to Barack Obama
Louis J Rodriguez CA Justice Party
During the 1960s and 1970s, was an active gang member. Participated in the Chicano Movement, and joined the 1968 East L.A. walkouts and took part in the August 31, 1970 Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War.
1972 Led school walkouts and became president of To Help Mexican American Students (TOHMAS).
Later attended California State University, Los Angeles briefly from 1972–1973, becoming a member of the Chicano activist group MEChA, but eventually dropped out.
1972 Began to dedicate himself to community organizing. Also focused on political study and organization, including running for Los Angeles School Board in 1977.
At the same time helped with various gang peace truces and urban peace efforts throughout the L.A. area.
1980 Began attending night school at East Los Angeles College, and working as a photographer for several area publications. Began a career as a writer.
2011 Became a cofounder of the Network for Revolutionary Change in Chicago, dedicated to bringing together revolutionary leaders, thinkers, and activists from throughout the United States to plan, strategize, and organize social justice, equity, and peace through cooperation, imagination, and meaningful actions.
2012 Justice Party candidate for Vice President U.S. with Rocky Anderson, lost
2014 Was endorsed by the Green Party of California to be its candidate for Governor in the "Top Two" primary election. It was the first California Governor's race using the new top two system in which the top two vote-getters advance to November's general election, regardless of party. He came in eighth and did not advance to the November election.
Tom Hoefling IA America's Party, Republican
Founder and national chairman of America's Party
Served as political director for Alan Keyes' political group America's Revival as well as a representative for the American Conservative Coalition
2012 America's Party candidate for President U.S., lost to Barack Obama
2013 Announced his bid for the Republican nomination for Governor of Iowa in the 2014 election, lost
Jonathan D Ellis TN America's Party
2012 America's Party candidate for Vice President U.S. with Tom Hoefling, lost
General Discussion / History / Re: Public Offices held by Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates
on: April 07, 2016, 11:24:24 am
Jill Stein MA Green Party
1970s Studied psychology, sociology, and anthropology at Harvard University, earning undergraduate degree
1979 Graduated Harvard Medical School
Since 1998 Has served on the boards of Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and help found the Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities
Serves on the board of MassVoters for Fair Elections
Founded and served as co-chair of a local recycling committee in Lexington, MA that was approved by the Board of Selectmen
Developed a "Healthy People, Healthy Planet" teaching program
Co-authored two published reports on health and the environment, In Harm's Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, published in 2000, and Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, published in 2009
Has testified before numerous legislative panels as well as local and state governmental bodies
Was active in the effort to get the Massachusetts fish advisories updated to better protect women and children from mercury contamination
Helped lead the successful campaign to clean up the "Filthy Five" coal plants in Massachusetts, an effort that resulted in getting coal plant regulations signed into law
Her testimony on the effects of mercury and dioxin contamination from the burning of waste helped preserve the Massachusetts moratorium on new trash incinerator construction in the state
2008 Helped formulate a "Secure Green Future" ballot initiative that called upon legislators to accelerate efforts to move the Massachusetts economy to renewable energy and make development of green jobs a priority
An advocate for campaign finance reform. Worked to help pass the Clean Election Law, later repealed by the Massachusetts Legislature on an unrecorded voice vote.
Her environmental work has won her many awards, including Clean Water Action's Not in Anyone's Backyard Award, Children's Health Hero Award, and the Toxic Action Center's Citizen Award
20002 Green-Rainbow Party candidate for Governor MA, lost
2004 MA State House of Representatives candidate, lost
2005-2011 Town of Lexington Town Meeting Representative
2006 Green-Rainbow Party candidate for MA Secretary of the Commonwealth, lost
2010 Candidate for Governor MA, lost
Aug 2011 Indicated she was considering running for President of the United States with the Green Party in the 2012 election
Oct 24 2011 Launched her campaign for President U.S.
Jul 14 2012 Received the official nomination of the Green Party at its nominating convention
2012 Green Party candidate for President U.S., lost to Barack Obama
Feb 6 2015 Announced the formation of an exploratory committee in preparation for a potential campaign for the Green Party's Presidential nomination for 2016
Jun 22 2015 Formally announced her candidacy for the Green Party's 2016 Presidential nomination
Cheri Honkala PA Green Party
For the past 25 years has been a leading advocate for the poor and homeless in America
While living in Minnesota, she formed the Twin Cities anti-poverty groups "Women, Work and Welfare" and "Up and Out of Poverty Now"
1991 In Philadelphia, she co-founded the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU) and the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC)
She has organized numerous protests, holding marches, demonstrations and setting up tent cities, in the course of which activities she claims to have been arrested for civil disobedience violations more than 200 times
She is known internationally for her work advocating for the rights of poor people in the United States, and has received recognition in numerous publications for her role in bringing attention to issues such as homelessness and home foreclosures and has been called "the protester's protester"
Currently based in Philadelphia, she has devoted most of her attention to the rise in home evictions among lower income families
Late 1990s Started another nonprofit, the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, of which she became National Coordinator
The PPEHRC represents "a network of over 40 poor people's organizations from across the U.S."
The organization's mission statement reads, "The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign is committed to uniting the poor across color lines as the leadership base for a broad movement to abolish poverty. We work to accomplish this through advancing economic human rights as named in the universal declaration of human rights — such as the rights to food, housing, health, education, communication and a living wage job."
Early 2011 Announced her run for Sheriff of Philadelphia on a "No Evictions" platform
2011 Green Party candidate for Sheriff of Philadelphia, lost
Jul 11 2012 Jill Stein, then the presumptive nominee of the Green Party for President in the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, announced that she had selected Honkala as her Vice Presidential running mate
Jul 14 2012 Stein and Honkala were officially nominated by the Green Party at its national convention
2012 Green Party candidate for Vice President U.S. with Jill Stein, lost
Virgil Goode VA Democratic (Before 2000), Independent (2000-2002), Republican (2002-2010), Constitution Party
Graduated with a B.A. from the University of Richmond and with a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law
1969-1975 Served in the United States Army National Guard
1973 Won a special election to the VA State Senate as an independent. Soon after being elected he joined the Democrats.
An enthusiastic supporter of L. Douglas Wilder, who later became the first elected black Governor in the history of the United States. At the Democratic Party's state political convention in 1985, Goode nominated Wilder for Lieutenant Governor.
1973-1997 VA State Senate
1982 Candidate for Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate VA, lost
1994 Candidate for Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate VA, lost
1996 Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives VA, elected. Reelected 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006. Defeated 2008.
Jan 3 1997-Jan 3 2009 U.S. House of Representatives VA
Jul 2009 Announced that he would not seek the Republican nomination for the House seat in 2010
Nov 2010 Joined the executive committee of the Constitution Party, having previously been a member of the party's larger national committee
Jun 2011 Told the Roanoke Times that he would consider running for the party's Presidential nomination.
Feb 10 2012 Filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as a Presidential candidate
Feb 16 2012 Told the Daily Caller that he was running for the Constitution Party Presidential nomination
Apr 21 2012 Selected as the party's Presidential nominee
2012 Constitution Party candidate for President U.S., lost to Barack Obama
Jim Clymer PA Libertarian Party, Constitution Party
Earned a law degree
1978 Admitted to the Bar in Pennsylvania
1986 Appointed Chairman of the Bob Smith for Senate Committee
1992 Joined the Libertarian Party
1992 Libertarian Party candidate for Auditor General PA, lost
1994 Candidate for Lieutenant Governor PA, lost
1998 Candidate for Lieutenant Governor PA, lost
2004 Constitution Party candidate for U.S. Senate PA, lost
Later ran for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Commissioner, lost
1999-2012 Chairman of the Constitution Party
At the 2012 Constitution Party National Convention, was selected as the candidate for Vice President
2012 Constitution Party candidate for Vice President U.S. with Virgil Goode, lost
General Discussion / History / Re: Public Offices held by Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates
on: April 07, 2016, 11:23:51 am
Paul Ryan WI Republican
Majored in economics and political science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he became interested in the writings of Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and Milton Friedman. He often visited the office of libertarian professor Richard Hart to discuss the theories of these economists and of Ayn Rand.
Hart introduced Ryan to the National Review, and with Hart's recommendation Ryan began an internship in the D.C. office of Wisconsin Republican Senator Bob Kasten where he worked with Kasten's foreign affairs adviser
Attended the Washington Semester program at American University
During college, was a member of the College Republicans and volunteered for the congressional campaign for U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio, Republican John Boehner
1992 Graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in economics and political science
1992 After graduation accepted a Congressional position as a staff economist attached to Senator Bob Kasten's office
1992 A few months after Kasten lost to Democrat Russ Feingold, Ryan became a speechwriter for Empower America, now FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy group founded by Jack Kemp, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and William Bennett.
Later worked as a speechwriter for Kemp, the Republican Vice Presidential candidate in the 1996 U.S. Presidential election. Kemp became Ryan's mentor, and Ryan cites him as a "huge influence".
1995 Became the legislative director for then U.S. Senator Republican Sam Brownback of Kansas before returning to Wisconsin in 1997
1998 Elected U.S. House of Representatives WI. Reelected 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
Jan 3 1999 Sworn into U.S. House of Representatives as Representative from WI
Jan 3 1999- U.S. House of Representatives WI
Aug 11 2012 The Mitt Romney Presidential campaign officially announced Ryan as its choice for Vice President U.S. Before the official announcement, it was reported that Romney made his decision, and offered the position to Ryan on Aug 1, 2012. On August 11, 2012, Ryan formally accepted Romney's invitation to join the campaign as his running mate.
2012 Republican Party candidate for Vice President U.S. with Mitt Romney, lost
2012 Reelected to U.S. House of Representatives WI
Ryan is the major parties' first-ever Vice Presidential candidate from Wisconsin
According to a statistical-historical analysis conducted by statistician Nate Silver, "Ryan is the most conservative Republican member of Congress to be picked for the Vice Presidential slot since at least 1900."
Oct 29 2015 Elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Ryan is the first person from Wisconsin to hold the position of Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Gary Johnson NM Republican, Libertarian Party
1971-1975 University of New Mexico, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in political science
1976 Started his own business, Big J Enterprises. Eventually grew Big J into a multi-million dollar corporation with over 1,000 employees.
1999 Sold the company. Was one of New Mexico's leading construction companies.
1994 Entered politics with the intention of running for Governor NM and was advised by "Republican Elders" to run for the State Legislature instead
1994 Won Republican nomination for Governor NM
1994 Elected Governor NM, reelected 1998
Jan 1 1995-Jan 1 2003 Governor NM
Was term limited and could not run for a third consecutive term as Governor in 2002
2008 Endorsed Ron Paul for the Republican Presidential nomination
Serves on the Advisory Council of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a student nonprofit organization which advocates for drug policy reform
As of April 2011 Serves on the board of directors of Students For Liberty, a nonprofit libertarian organization
2009 Began indicating interest in running for President in the 2012 election
Oct 26 2009 Announced his decision to form an advocacy committee called the Our America Initiative to help him raise funds and promote small government ideas
Dec 2009 Organized the Our American Initiative as a 501(c) (4) committee
Feb 2011 Was a featured speaker at both the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and the Republican Liberty Caucus
Apr 21 2011 Announced he is running for President. Was the first of an eventually large field to announce his candidacy for the Republican Presidential nomination.
Dec 28 2011 Formally withdrew his candidacy for the Republican Presidential nomination and declared his candidacy for the 2012 Presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party
May 5 2012 Received the Libertarian Party's official nomination for President U.S.
2012 Libertarian Party candididate for President U.S., lost to Barack Obama
Post 2012 election, said that he would not discount running as a Republican again in the future
James P Gray CA Republican, Libertarian Party
1966 Earned undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles
Taught in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica
1971 Earned a law degree from the University of Southern California Law School
1972-1975 Practiced law with the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Navy in Guam and California
1983 After five years in private practice, was named to the Santa Ana, CA Municipal Court
1983-1989 Santa Ana, California Municipal Court Judge
1989 Appointed to the Orange County, CA Superior Court
1989-2009 Orange County Superior Court Presiding Judge
1998 Candidate for Republican nomination for U.S. House of Representatives CA, lost
Following defeat Left Republican Party and joined Libertarian Party
2003 Openly contemplated becoming a candidate for the 2004 Libertarian Presidential nomination, but later decided to run for the U.S. Senate instead
Mar 2004 Won Libertarian Party nomination for U.S. Senate CA
2004 A keynote speaker at the 2004 Libertarian National Convention
2004 Libertarian Party candidate U.S. Senate CA, lost
Suspended his judicial activities while running for U.S. Senate CA
Jan 2009 Retired as a judge
May 2012 Confirmed candidacy for Libertarian Vice Presidential nomination in an open letter to the party's convention delegates
May 5 2012 Won Libertarian Party Vice Presidential nomination
2012 Libertarian Party candidate for Vice President U.S. with Gary Johnson, lost
Gray has been a member of the California Judicial Council, as well as the California Judicial Council's Advisory Committee on Juvenile Law, the Alcohol Advisory Board to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, the Advisory Board of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, and the Orange County Law Library. He has also been a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC Law School. Gray also introduced Orange County to the Peer Court system, where juvenile defendants travel to a school outside their district to have their actual cases tried by other teenagers
General Discussion / History / Re: Public Offices held by Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates
on: April 07, 2016, 11:14:33 am
Barack Obama IL Democratic candidate for President U.S. See 2008
Joe Biden DE Democratic candidate for Vice President U.S. See 2008
Mitt Romney MA Republican, Independent, Republican
Son of George W Romney (1907-1995) Chairman and President of American Motors Corporation
1954–1962, Governor MI 1963-1969, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 1969-1973
Son of Lenore Romney (1909–1998) Republican candidate for U.S. Senate MI 1970
Brother of Scott Romney (b. 1941) candidate for Attorney General MI 1998. Michigan State University Board of Trustees 2000-2009.
Husband of Ann Romney (b. 1949) town meeting representative in Belmont, MA, elected 1977
Father of Josh Romney (b. 1975) named National Business Recruitment Policy Advisor for the Governor's Office of Economic Development for Utah 2009 by Governor Gary Herbert
Descendant of William Pratt (1609–1678), an early colonial settler, a lieutenant in the Pequot War, and a representative to the General Court (colonial legislature) of Connecticut for 23 terms
Miles Romney (1806–1877) son of George Romney Jr., whose father, George Romney Sr. was first cousin to English portrait painter also named George Romney
George Romney (1831–1920) played a role in the early development of the state of Utah
Miles Quintin Romney (1919–1998) an attorney of the U.S House of Representatives
Clyde Anderson Romney (1943–2006) Chief of Staff in Washington D.C. to U.S. Congressman Ron Packard of California 1983-1986, chairman San Luis Rey Indian Water Rights Task Force and Congressional Facilitator San Luis Rey settlement act. Candidate for San Diego County board of supervisors 1986 and the Palomar College Board of Trustees 1988. Republican.
G Ott Romney (1892–1973) Chairman National Recreation Policies Committee, National Director Recreation Section of Works Progress Administration or WPA, assignments with the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and membership on U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower's Council on Youth Fitness. During World War II served as Chief of Recreation and Club Unit Services to United States Armed Forces through Red Cross.
Helen Hackett Brown Romney (1917–2004) Vice Chairman Utah Republican Party, served on State Health Board, and State Parks and Recreation Board, a Founding and Charter Member of Utah State Heritage Foundation
Vernon B Romney (b. 1924) served two terms Attorney General Utah 1969-1976. Defeated in 1976 bid for Governor Utah.
Gaskell Romney (1871–1955) father of Governor George W Romney. A candidate for County Commissioner Utah 1931, Republican.
Ronna Romney (b. 1943) Republican, alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan 1988 and member of Republican National Committee from the state 1988. Ran for Republican nomination 1994 U.S. Senate election from Michigan. Republican candidate 1996 U.S. Senate Michigan.
Miles Romney Sr. (1872–1943) Democrat, member of State Democratic Central Committee in Montana. Mayor Hamilton, Montana 1902-1904, Montana State Senator 1906-1910. Unsuccessful in three primary bids for Montana Governor. Served as State Director of National Recovery Act and also organized Federal Housing Administration in Montana and National Emergency Council, which became U.S. Office of Government Reports.
Miles Romney Jr. (1900–1976) member of Montana House of Representatives 1966-1970. 1971 elected delegate to state Constitutional Convention, appointed to Montana Senate 1973, elected to a full term 1974.
Marion G Romney (1897–1988) a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and a member of the First Presidency in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, cousin to George W. Romney. Elected to Utah State Legislature 1934 as a Democrat. Was an assistant prosecuting attorney in Salt Lake City.
Harold Arundel Lafount (1880-1952) Commissioner of Federal Radio Commission (FRC) 1927-1934, nominated by U.S President Calvin Coolidge. The father of Lenore Romney.
L C Romney (1914-2000) Democrat, Utah State Senate 1943-1944, Commissioner Salt Lake City 1944-1963, Democratic candidate Governor Utah 1956
Larry Romney joined the Arizona Farm Bureau in 1993 and is an agent with the Old Pueblo Agency at the Safford office, was a member of Town Council of Chino Valley and was a president of Chino Valley School District
1962 Participated in his father's, George Romney's, successful 1962 campaign for Governor of Michigan
Later worked for his father, Governor George Romney, as an intern in the Governor's office
1965-1966 academic year Attended Stanford University. Was not part of the counterculture of the 1960s then taking form in the San Francisco Bay Area. As opposition to the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War grew, a group staged a May 1966 sit-in at the university administration building to demonstrate against draft status tests, Romney joined a counter-protest against that group.
Jul 1966-Dec 1968 Served a proselyting mission for his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) in France. Romney developed a lifelong affection for France and its people, and has remained fluent in French.
In a Jun 1970 newspaper profile of children of cabinet members, Mitt Romney said that U.S. involvement in Vietnam War had been misguided, but supported Nixon's ongoing Cambodian incursion as a sincere attempt to bring the war to a conclusion.
1969-1971 Attended Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. During his senior year, he took a leave to work as driver and advance man for his mother Lenore Romney's eventually unsuccessful 1970 campaign for U.S. Senator from Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with highest honors, giving commencement addresses to both the College of Humanities and to the whole of BYU.
1971-1975 Attended Harvard University. Wanted to pursue a business career, but his father advised him that a law degree would be valuable to his career even if he did not become a lawyer. Thus, he enrolled in the recently created joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration four-year program coordinated between Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. Was nonideological and did not involve himself in the political issues of the day. Graduated 1975 cum laude from the law school, in the top third of that class, and was named a Baker Scholar for graduating in the top five percent of his business school class.
Following graduation from Harvard, was recruited by several firms, joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), reasoning that working as a management consultant for a variety of companies would better prepare him for a future position as a chief executive.
1977 Hired by Bain & Company, a management consulting firm in Boston formed a few years earlier by Bill Bain and other ex-BCG employees. Romney became a Vice President of the firm in 1978. Within a few years, the firm considered him one of their best consultants and clients sometimes sought to use him over more senior partners.
1984 Left Bain & Company to cofound the spin-off private equity investment firm, Bain Capital. Held titles of President and Managing General Partner. The sole shareholder of the firm, publications also referred to him as Managing Director or CEO.
1990 Facing financial collapse, Bain & Company asked Romney to return. Was announced as its new CEO in Jan 1991.
Took a leave of absence from Bain Capital from Nov 1993 to Nov 1994 to run for the U.S. Senate. During that time, Ampad workers went on strike, and asked Romney to intervene.
By 1999, Bain Capital was on its way towards becoming one of the foremost private equity firms in the nation
Aug 2001 Announced that he would not return to Bain Capital.
Registered as an Independent and voted in the 1992 Presidential primaries for the Democratic former Senator from Massachusetts, Paul Tsongas
By 1993 Had begun thinking about entering politics. He decided to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator from MA Edward Kennedy, who was seeking re-election for the sixth time.
Oct 1993 Changed his affiliation from Independent to Republican and formally announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate MA in Feb 1994
1994 Won Republican primary for U.S. Senator MA. In the general election, Kennedy faced the first serious re-election challenger of his career.
1994 Republican Party candidate for U.S. Senate MA, lost. Kennedy won the election by the smallest margin in any of his re-election campaigns for the Senate.
1994 Returned to Bain Capital
1994 Joined the board, as Vice Chair, of the Points of Light Foundation, which had incorporated his father's National Volunteer Center
Took a paid leave of absence from Bain Capital in February 1999 to serve as the President and CEO of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games Organizing Committee.
Remained sole shareholder, Managing Director, CEO, and President of Bain Capital during this time.
Feb 11 1999-2002 President and CEO Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of 2002. Before Romney took the position, the event was running $379 million short of its revenue goals. Under Romney's leadership, despite the initial fiscal shortfall, the Games ended up with a surplus of $100 million.
2002 Was mentioned as a possible candidate for Governor of Utah
2002 Won Republican primary for Governor MA, unopposed
2002 Republican Party candidate Governor MA, elected, defeating MA State Treasurer Democrat Shannon O'Brien
Jan 2 2003–Jan 4 2007 Governor MA
Feb 13 2007 Announced candidacy for 2008 Republican nomination for President U.S.
2008 Candidate for Republican nomination for President U.S., lost to John McCain
Feb 7 2008 Announced withdrawal from the race
Feb 14 2008 Endorsed John McCain for President U.S.
2008 McCain had Romney on a short list for Vice Presidential running mate, where his business experience would have balanced one of McCain's weaknesses
Following the 2008 election, laid the groundwork for a likely 2012 Presidential campaign by using his Free and Strong America political action committee (PAC) to raise money for other Republican candidates and pay his existing political staff's salaries and consulting fees
Campaigned heavily for Republican candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, raising more money than the other prospective 2012 Republican Presidential candidates
Apr 11 2011 Announced he had formed an exploratory committee for a run for the Republican Presidential nomination
Jun 2 2011 Formally announced the start of his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination
2012 Republican Party candidate for President U.S., lost to Barack Obama
First member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) to be nominated to a Presidential ticket by a major party