Rand Paul

Who is he: Senator Rand Paul was elected to office as a US Senator from Kentucky in 2010. Paul formed the Senate Tea Party Caucus with inaugural members Jim DeMint and Mike Lee. Immediately after taking office, Senator Paul proposed a bill to cut federal spending, including heavy cuts to the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, Energy and Defense, and eliminating HUD and international aid. Rand has also proposed a five-year plan to balance the budget, has opposed key anti-liberty provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, voted against raising the debt ceiling and the "stopgap bill" to prevent government shutdown (because the proposal did not cut expenditures enough), has criticized the Obama Administration's foreign policy decisions on several issues. Dr. Rand Paul has spearheaded an effort to prevent language allowing for indefinite detentions of US citizens by military in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.

Rand Paul is involved with Kentucky Taxpayers United, and co-authored The Tea Party Goes to Washington with Jack Hunter in early 2011. Paul states his position as opposed to abortion, but supports states' rights rather than federal involvement in determining its legality, in keeping with his position on other issues, such as marijuana legalization, same-sex marriage and health care. He takes a pro-free market stance on issues such as energy, and supports his father's Federal Reserve Transparency Act.

Background: Randall Howard "Rand" Paul was born January 7, 1963. Paul is the third of five children born to Carol and Rep. Ron Paul and grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas and attended Baylor University. As a teenager, Paul studied the writings of Ayn Rand and Austrian economists.

He graduated from Duke Medical School in 1988. Dr. Rand Paul completed a general surgery internship at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta and completed his residency in ophthalmology at Duke University Medical Center. Upon completion of his training in 1993, Rand and Kelley, whom he met in Atlanta, moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, near Mrs. Paul's hometown, where they still live. Rand and Kelley Paul have three sons: William, Duncan and Robert.

In 1995, Rand founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, an organization that provides eye exams and surgery to needy families and individuals. Rand is a former president and 17 year member of Lions Clubs International, which is dedicated to preserving sight by providing eyeglasses and surgery to the less fortunate around the world. In recognition of his outstanding and sustained efforts to provide vision care to Kentuckians in need, Lions Clubs International has awarded Rand many of its highest commendations.

In addition to his work with the Lions Clubs, Dr. Paul has provided free eye surgery to children from around the world through his participation in the Children of the Americas Program.

A large part of Rand's daily work is dedicated to preserving the vision of our seniors. In 2002, The Twilight Wish Foundation recognized Rand for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Seniors.

Rand is a devoted husband and father. He regularly volunteers to coach teams for each of his three sons in Little League baseball, soccer and basketball. Rand and Kelley have been members of the Presbyterian Church since 1993, where Kelley currently serves as a Deacon. Rand is a hard-working, dedicated physician, not a career politician. His entrance into politics is indicative of his life's work: a desire to diagnose problems and provide practical solutions.

He pledges to work every day in the U.S. Senate at reforming government and ending business as usual here in our nation's capital.