Jim Webb began his career in the U.S. Marine Corps and received the Navy Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart for his actions in Vietnam. After the sustaining injuries, Webb retired from the military and went on to graduate from Georgetown Law School in 1975. He then worked on the Committee on Veteran Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was appointed to Secretary of the Navy by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and served in that position until 1988. He then embarked on a career as a speaker and filmmaker, and received an Emmy Award for his coverage of U.S. Marines in Lebanon. He was elected to the U.S. Senate from Virginia in 2006 and eventually retired in 2011. During his time in the Senate he served on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Committee on Veterans Affairs. He announced his campaign in July 2015 in a post on his campaign website.
Current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie practiced law after receiving his JD from Seton Hall University Law School. While in private practice, Christie was a regular figure on Republican campaigns, including for Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. In 2002, President George W. Bush he appointed Christie as the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, where Christie served until 2008. Christie won his bid for Governor in 2009 when he upset the sitting Governor. He announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination in June 2015 at his high school alma mater in New
Currently in his 6th year serving as Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal is a Rhodes Scholar, having completed a graduate degree in Health Policy at Oxford. After graduation, he was appointed as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services in 1996 at age 26. Two years later he was appointed by President George W. Bush to be the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation. He left his post to run for Governor of Louisiana in 2013, a race he lost but recovered to successfully win his bid to represent Louisiana’s 1st district in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served from 2004-2008. In 2008, Jindal launched a second, and successful, campaign for Governor of Louisiana. Governor Jindal launched his 2016 campaign for President in July 2015 with a video posted to Twitter.
Marco Rubio is a Cuban-American Senator from Florida. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000 from the 111th district, and became Speaker of the Florida House in 2006. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and serves on the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He announced his campaign for the Republican nomination in April 2015 at the Freedom Tower in Miami.
Rick Perry has served as Governor of Texas from 2000-2015, winning a special election when George W. Bush became President of the United States. Perry announced that after 2015 he would not be seeking re-election as Governor. Rick Perry ran for president in 2012 but failed to secure the Republican nomination. He announced his 2016 campaign in June 2015 at Addison Airport near Dallas, Texas.
George Pataki was the Governor of New York from 1995-2006. He was in office during the September 11th terror attacks and coordinated the state’s response. Pataki served briefly as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations during the 2007 UN General Assembly session. He announced his campaign for the Republican nomination in May 2015 via a video on his website.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is a former Air Force military prosecutor and a retired colonel in the Air Force Reserves. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 where remained until 2003, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. Graham is part of the Senate’s Republican leadership, and is close friends with former Presidential nominee John McCain (R-AZ), having co-chaired his 2008 campaign. The Senator currently serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on the Budget. He has previously served on the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. He announced his campaign for president in June 2015 in his hometown of Central, South Carolina.
Mike Huckabee is the former Governor of Arkansas, where he served 1996-2007 before seeking the 2008 Republican nomination for President. Notably, Huckabee won the Iowa Caucus with 34% of the vote, defeating Mitt Romney who eventually won the Republican nomination. After leaving office, Mike Huckabee went on to host the Fox News Channel talk show Huckabee and author a number of books. He announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination in May 2015 in his home town of Hope, Arkansas.
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Carly Fiorina was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005. She ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010, but was defeated by Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Fiorina announced her campaign for the Republican nomination in May 2015 on the “Good Morning America” news program....
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Dr. Ben Carson served as the youngest-ever Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD where he gained notoriety for successfully separating conjoined twins. In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded Dr. Carson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of...