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Ron Paul of Texas enjoys a national
reputation as the premier advocate for
liberty in politics today. Dr. Paul
is the leading spokesman in Washington
for limited constitutional government,
low taxes, free markets, and a return
to sound monetary policies based on
commodity-backed currency. He is known
among both his colleagues in Congress
and his constituents for his consistent
voting record in the House of Representatives:
Dr. Paul never votes for legislation
unless the proposed measure is expressly
authorized by the Constitution. In the
words of former Treasury Secretary William
Simon, Dr. Paul is the "one exception
to the Gang of 535" on Capitol
Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. He graduated from Gettysburg
College and the Duke University School
of Medicine, before proudly serving as
a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force
during the 1960s. He and his wife Carol
moved to Texas in 1968, where he began
his medical practice in Brazoria County.
As a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology,
Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000
babies! He and Carol, who reside in Surfside
Beach, Texas, are the proud parents of
five children and have seventeen grandchildren.
serving in Congress during the late 1970s
and early 1980s, Dr. Paul's limited-government
ideals were not popular in Washington.
He served on the House Banking committee,
where he was a strong advocate for sound
monetary policy and an outspoken critic
of the Federal Reserve's inflationary
measures. He also was a key member of
the Gold Commission, advocating a return
to a gold standard for our currency. He
was an unwavering advocate of pro-life
and pro-family values. Dr. Paul consistently
voted to lower or abolish federal taxes,
spending, and regulation, and used his
House seat to actively promote the return
of government to its proper constitutional
levels. In 1984, he voluntarily relinquished
his House seat and returned to his medical
Paul returned to Congress in 1997 to represent
the 14th Congressional district of Texas.
He serves on the House of Representatives
Financial Services Committee, and the
International Relations committee. On
the Financial Services Committee, Rep.
Paul serves as the vice-chairman of the
Oversight and Investigations subcommittee.
He continues to advocate a dramatic reduction
in the size of the federal government
and a return to constitutional principles.
Paul is the author of several books, including
Challenge to Liberty; The Case for Gold;
and A Republic, If You Can Keep It. He
has been a distinguished counselor to
the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and is
widely quoted by scholars and writers
in the fields of monetary policy, banking,
and political economy. He has received
many awards and honors during his career
in Congress, from organizations such as
the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens
Against Government Waste, the Council
for a Competitive Economy, Young Americans
for Freedom, and countless others.
Paul's consistent voting record prompted
one Congressman to comment that "Ron
Paul personifies the Founding Fathers'
ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes
it clear that his principles will never
be compromised, and they never are."
Another Congresswoman added that "There
are few people in public life who, through
thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to
their principles. Ron Paul is one of those