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Rand Paul 2016: 8 Facts About Personal Life of GOP Presidential Hopeful

By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 09:06 PM

While the relatively short political career of Kentucky junior Sen. Rand Paul has made headlines, the personal life of the prospective 2016 GOP hopeful has been much quieter.

Here are eight facts about the personal side of Republican candidate that will come to light during a 2016 presidential campaign.

1. For 17 years prior to his 2010 election to the United States Senate, Paul was a practicing ophthalmologist in Bowling Green. The Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, which he founded in 1995, serves impoverished Kentuckians by performing pro-bono eye exams and surgery. And as a senator, he still performs surgery on a charitable basis.

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2. The third of five children of Carol and Ron Paul, a U.S. senator from Texas, Rand was born on Jan. 7, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

3. Before he was of school age, his family moved to San Antonio, Texas, and eventually to Lake Jackson. He swam for his high school team and was a defensive back for the football squad.

4. At age 13, Rand attended the 1976 Republican Convention with his father, who was the first in the family to hold a public office. The younger Paul would follow in his father’s footsteps as a practicing physician turned politician.

5. After completing studies at Baylor University, Paul graduated from Duke Medical School in 1988.

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Paul has three sons — William, Duncan, and Robert — with wife, Kelley Ashby, whom he married in 1991. Two years later, upon Paul’s completion of his ophthalmology residency, the couple moved to Bowling Green. Paul often serves as a volunteer coach for his sons’ baseball, soccer, and basketball teams. As devout Christians, Paul and his wife are actively involved in their local church.

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7. Paul’s first public service activity began with his 1994 establishment of a watchdog organization called the Kentucky Taxpayers United. He also worked for his father’s GOP presidential bid in 2008, a year in which Rand became active in the Tea Party.

8. In January 2011, Rand Paul was sworn into office as a senator on the same day that Ron Paul was re-sworn in as congressman — the first for a father-son swearing-in combo in one day.

Paul quickly became a very vocal champion of constitutional freedoms and fiscal accountability. The Senate filibuster — nearly 13 hours long — that Paul orchestrated in 2013 garnered him additional national attention, making him a viable candidate for 2016 presidential election. Of his newsworthiness, Paul noted at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.

“I want to be part of the national debate, so whether I run or not, being considered is something that allows me to have a larger microphone,” reported The Fiscal Times.

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