Following are brief biographies for all sixteen announced Presidential candidates (in alphabetical order). This list will be edited if the field of candidates changes. Some may note that while John Kasich has technically not yet announced as of our publishing date, he has reportedly scheduled his announcement for July 21, so anticipating that, we are including him here.
You may note that we’ve not included any links to the candidate’s campaign websites – that’s intentional. They’re easy enough to find, but all you’ll get there is campaign spin, so with that in mind, we decided not to include them here.
We have provided links to On the Issues and Wikipedia for each candidate. If you have any question about the candidate’s position on a major issue, you can generally find it at On the Issues – it’s worth a visit – there is a massive amount of information there for each candidate. A suggestion: for any selected candidate, you can scroll down through his/her statements related to each of twenty-four (24) issues – you’ll know where they stand. The site lists all of a candidate’s quoted statements on such varied issues as Foreign Policy, Immigration, Energy, Gun Control, Health Care, Environment, Education, Civil Rights, and more.
The Wikipedia link is provided in case you want more biographical detail that we have space for here. Be aware that each link will open in a new tab.
John Ellis (Jeb) Bush
Age: 61, Roman Catholic
Lives in: Coral Gables, FL (born in Midland, TX)
Education: B.A. from Univ. of Texas
Profession: Businessman and real estate developer
Political career: Two terms (1999-2007) as Governor of Florida.
Jeb Bush On the issues
More Jeb Bush on Wikipedia..
Benjamin Solomon (Ben) Carson
Age: 63, Seventh-day Adventist
Lives in: West Friendship, MD (born in Detroit, MI)
Education: B.S from Yale, M.D. from Univ. of Michigan
Profession: Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Political career: none
Ben Carson On the Issues
More Ben Carson on Wikipedia.
Christopher James (Chris) Christie
Age: 52, Roman Catholic
Lives in: Mendham Township, NJ (born in Newark, NJ)
Education: B.A. from Univ. of Delaware (1984), J.D. from Seton Hall Univ. in 1987
Political career: two terms as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey (2002-2008), and 5 years (assumed office in 2010) as Governor of New Jersey (incumbent)
Chris Christie On the issues
More Chris Christie on Wikipedia.
Rafael Edward (Ted) Cruz
Age: 44, Southern Baptist
Lives in: Houston, TX (born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Education: A.B. from Princeton (1992), J.D. from Harvard in 1995
Political career: Solicitor General of Texas (2003-2008), First term U.S. Senator from Texas (assumed office in 2013)
Ted Cruz On the issues
More Ted Cruz on Wikipedia.
Carleton S. (Carly) Fiorina
Age: 60, raised Episcopalian
Lives in Richmond, Virginia (born in Austin, TX)
Education: B.A. in philosophy and medieval history from Stanford (1976), M.B.A. in marketing from University of Maryland (1980), M.S. in management from MIT Sloan School of Management in 1989.
Profession: Sales for AT&T, President of a division of Lucent, CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Political career: challenged Barbara Boxer for a U.S. Senate in California in November, 2010. Fiorina lost.
Carly Fiorina On the Issues
More about Carly Fiorina at Wikipedia.
Lindsey Olin Graham
Age: 59 (60 on July 9), Southern Baptist
Education: B.A. in Psychology in 1977 from Univ of South Carolina, J.D. from Univ of South Carolina School of Law in 1981.
Military: 6 ½ yrs in USAF as an Air Force lawyer. Separated in 1988 and joined the South Carolina Air National Guard in 1989. Called to active duty. In 1995, joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Retired in June, 2015 with 33 years of service at the rank of Colonel.
Political career: South Carolina House (1993-1995), U.S. House for four terms (1995-2003), U.S. Senate since 2003 (two terms).
Lindsey Graham On the Issues
More about Lindsey Graham at Wikipedia.
Michael Dale (Mike) Huckabee
Age: 59, Southern Baptist
Lives in: Santa Rosa Beach, FL (born in Hope, Arkansas)
Education: Ouachita Baptist Univ., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Profession: Author, ordained minister
Political career: Lt. Governor of Arkansas (1993-1996), 2+ terms (10 years) as Governor of Arkansas (1996-2007)
Mike Huckabee On the issues
More Mike Huckabee on Wikipedia.
John Richard Kasich
Age: 63, Anglican
Lives in: Bexley, OH (born in McKees Rocks, PA)
Education: B.A. in Political Science from Ohio State University in 1974
Profession: Fox News Host (2001), Author of three books, Lehman Brothers Investment Banking Division (2001-2008)
Political career: Ohio State Senator (1979-1982), U.S. House (1983-2001), ran for President in 2000 – dropped out, assumed office as Governor of Ohio in 2011 (incumbent)
John Kasich On the Issues
More John Kasich on Wikipedia.
Piyush (Bobby) Jindal
Age: 43, Roman Catholic
Lives in: Baton Rouge, LA (born in Baton Rouge, LA)
Education: B.S. from Brown Univ., M.Litt. from Oxford Univ. (UK)
Profession: Management consultant
Political career: Two term member of U.S. House (2005-2008), now in his second term as Governor of Louisiana (assumed office in 2008) (incumbent)
Bobby Jindal On the issues
More Bobby Jindal on Wikipedia.
George Elmer Pataki
Age: 70, Roman Catholic
Lives in: Garrison, NY (born in Peekskill, NY)
Education: B.A. from Yale (in 3 years) in 1967, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1970
Political career: Mayor of Peekskill (1981-1984), New York State Assembly (1985-1992), New York State Senate (1993-1994), Governor of New York (1995-2006)
George Pataki On the Issues
More George Pataki on Wikipedia.
Randal Howard (Rand) Paul
Age: 51, Presbyterian
Lives in: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Education: Baylor Univ., M.D. from Duke Univ., completed residency in 1993
Profession: Physician (Ophthalmologist)
Political career: First term U.S. Senator from Kentucky, assumed office in 2011
Rand Paul On the Issues
More Rand Paul on Wikipedia
James Richard (Rick) Perry
Age: 64, Methodist/nondenominational evangelical
Lives in: Austin, TX (born in Paint Creek, TX)
Education: B.S. from Texas A&M Univ.
Military: USAF for 5 years as C-130 pilot, separated in 1977 with rank of Captain
Profession: Cotton farmer and rancher
Political career: Texas House of Representatives (1985-1991), Commissioner of Agriculture (1991-1999), Lieutenant Governor of Texas (1999-2000), 3 terms as Governor of Texas (2000-2015)
Rick Perry On the Issues
More Rick Perry on Wikipedia
Marco Antonio Rubio
Age: 43, Roman Catholic
Lives in: Miami, FL (born in Miami, FL)
Education: B.S. from Univ. of Florida, J.D. from Univ. of Miami
Political career: Florida House of Representatives (2000-2009), first term U.S. Senator from Florida, assumed office in 2011
Marco Rubio On the Issues
More Marco Rubio on Wikipedia.
Richard John “Rick” Santorum
Age: 57, Roman Catholic
Lives in: Great Falls, VA, (born in Winchester, VA)
Education: B.A. in Political Science from Penn State, M.B.A. from Univ. of Pittsburgh, J.D. from Dickinson School of Law at Penn State
Political career: Two terms in U.S. House (1991-1995), two terms in U.S. Senate (1995-2007)
Rick Santorum On the Issues
More Rick Santorum on Wikipedia.
Donald John Trump
Age: 69, Presbyterian
Lives in Manhattan, NY and Palm Beach, FL, (born in Queens, NY)
Education: B.S. in economics from University of Pennsylvania
Profession: Real Estate investor, television personality, author, and politician. He is chairman and president of The Trump Organization
Political career: none
Donald Trump On the Issues
More Donald Trump on Wikipedia
Scott Kevin Walker
Age: 47, nondenominational evangelical Christian
Lives in: Wauwatosa, WI (born in Colorado Springs, CO)
Education: Attended Marquette Univ. 1986-1990 (did not graduate)
Profession: American Red Cross, and Salesman for IBM
Political career: Multiple terms in State Assembly (1993-2002), Milwaukee County Executive (2002-2010), now in his second term as Governor of Wisconsin (assumed office in 2011)
Scott Walker On the Issues
More Scott Walker on Wikipedia.
Here’s a direct link to the Second N&F Presidential Poll