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So Exactly WHO Is This Mitt Romney Guy, Anyways?

Background info:

Full name:  Willard Mitt Romney
Born:  March 12, 1947 (65 years old) in Detroit, Michigan
Father:  George W. Romney, former Michigan governor & American Motors Corp. chairman
Married to Ann Romney since 1969; 5 sons, 18 grandchildren
Education:  BA in English from Brigham Young University ('71), valedictorian, graduating summa cum laude; Joint JD/MBA degrees, earned simultaneously from Harvard University ('75)
Religion:  Mormon - The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

Romney family portrait
Mitt Romney family portrait

Some Interesting Facts about Mitt Romney:

Volunteer campaign worker - Mitt Romney was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad George's gubernatorial campaign for 1 year. He was 15 when his father ran for Governor in a state in which no Republican had held the job in 14 years. Mitt worked the campaign switchboard and traveled the county-fair circuit in a Ford microvan.

George put Mitt to work at the "Romney for Governor" booths, where he shouted over a microphone and loudspeaker system, "You should vote for my father for Governor." He was also an unpaid intern in his dad's governor's office for part of the 6 years that his father held that position. 

Mormon missionary - After high school, at age 19 Mitt Romney spent 30 months in Paris, France as a Mormon missionary. France was an humbling experience for Mr. Romney, who recalled it as the only time in his life when “most of what I was trying to do was rejected.”  He lived on about $100 a month, sleeping on cast-off mattresses and crowding into small apartments in groups of four.

The only toilet was often down the hall and the only shower in a public bathhouse.  The 175 missionaries in France all rose at 6 a.m. each day, rang doorbells from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and turned in by 10. Having already studied 3 years of French back home in Michigan, Mitt quickly became more fluent than his peers.


After receiving his BA degree from BYU, Mitt Romney attended both the Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously & earned a Joint JD/MBA degree. Out of Romney's 800 business school classmates and 550 law school classmates at Harvard, only 15 earned degrees through the joint degree program. Romney excelled at both schools, graduating with honors from the law school; becoming a Baker Scholar at the business school, a distinction reserved for the top 5% of the class. After attending Harvard, Mitt passed the Michigan bar exam in July 1975 and was admitted to practice law there the next year, but never worked as an attorney.

Mormon Church Leadership:

Mitt Romney was an unpaid bishop and stake president of his church for 10 years. Mormon congregations, typically groups of 400 to 500 people in a geographical area known as a ward, do not have paid full-time clergy. Members in good standing take turns serving in leadership roles. They are expected to perform their ecclesiastical duties on top of career and family responsibilities.

Those called to serve as stake (a collection of wards) presidents and bishops, or leaders of local wards, are fully empowered as agents of the church, and they carry great authority over their domains. Mitt Romney first took on a major church role around 1977, when he was called to be a counselor to Gordon Williams, then the president of the Boston stake. Romney was essentially an adviser and deputy to Williams, helping oversee area congregations.

His appointment was somewhat unusual in that counselors at that level have typically been bishops of their local wards first. But Romney, who was only about 30 years old, was deemed to possess leadership qualities beyond his years. Romney’s responsibilities only grew from there; he would go on to serve as bishop and then as stake president, overseeing about a dozen congregations with close to 4,000 members altogether.

Those positions in the church amounted to his biggest leadership test yet, exposing him to personal and institutional crises, human tragedies, immigrant cultures, social forces, and organizational challenges that he had never before encountered.


Bain Capital - In 1984 Mitt Romney co-founded Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States Bain Capital started with one small office supply store in Massachusetts and turned it into Staples, which now has over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people. Bain also worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies like AMC Entertainment, Domino's, Sealy, Dunkin' Donuts, The Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Sealy Mattresses, The Sports Authority, Toys "R" Us, Home Depot, and many others.

In 1994, Mitt ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.

2002 Salt Lake
Winter Olympics Organizing Committee President Mitt Romney2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics Organizing Committee President Mitt Romney speaking at a curling event
(Photo courtesy: David Olson)
2002 Winter Olympics - Mitt Romney was an unpaid President & CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of 2002 for three years. Romney donated the salary and severance pay he received for that effort to charity. Romney signed an offer letter in 1999 acknowledging he would be paid $280,000 annually for the Olympic job and receive up to one year in severance pay after the Games.

He announced the day he started the job that he would not accept any wages unless the organizing committee completed the Games with a profit. He also told the Salt Lake Tribune that one of his "absolutes" was that he would "not accept any severance pay when his 3-year term is complete." He also cited his pledge to forgo any severance pay in his book, "Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games."

When the organizing committee posted a surplus of nearly $100 million after the Games, Romney accepted $922,980 in total salary as well as the $476,000 severance package. [His spokesman, Eric] Fehrnstrom said Romney gave his salary as well as the severance pay to charity. Romney and his wife, Ann, also donated $1 million to the organizing committee during his tenure.

Massachusetts Governor - In 2002 Mitt Romney was elected Governor of the State of Massachusetts where he decreased the state's deficit by $1.5 billion deficit. He took no salary and was unpaid as Governor for 4 years. Just prior to his swearing-in as Massachusetts' governor in 2003, Mitt Romney's transition team announced that he and his lieutenant governor would not take salaries, $135,000 and $120,000 per year, respectively, while in office.

In 2008 Mitt ran for the Republican nomination for President and lost to John McCain.


Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country, but has given back more to its citizens in terms of money, service, and time than most any other man in our country's history.

When his father died in 1995, Mitt Romney donated his entire inheritance to Brigham Young University's George W. Romney Institute of Public Management.

According to an in-process federal income tax return made available by the Romney campaign, in 2011 Mitt and Ann Romney declared a gross income of $20,908,880 and charitable contributions of $4,020,572, comprising 19.2% of their income.

For comparison purposes with other wealthy Democrats, Mr. & Ms. Joe Biden reported a gross income of $379,035 for 2011 and claimed $5,540 in charitable contributions, or a whoppingly generous 1.5% of their income.

According to his federal tax returns, Senator John Kerry, one of America's wealthiest politicians, had a total income of $724,042 during a 6-year period in the 90's & earmarked a remarkable 0.7% for charitable contributions. WOW!

Earnings from Romney's New York Times best selling book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, released in March 2010, were donated to charity.

The Bain Capital story you'll never see reported on this year by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, or the NYT (How Mitt Romney shut down the entire firm to mount a massive search for his partner's missing 14-yr-old daughter):

After the 14-year-old daughter of Robert Gay, a partner at Bain Capital, disappeared, Mitt Romney closed down the entire firm and asked all 30 partners and employees to fly from Boston to New York to help find the daughter, where they convinced more than 200 other people to help search the streets for two days.

Romney set up a command center at the LaGuardia Marriott and hired a private detective firm to assist with the search. He established a toll-free number for tips, coordinating the effort with the NYPD, and went through his Rolodex and called everyone Bain did business with in New York and asked them to help find his friend’s missing daughter. They put up posters on street poles, printed more than 300,000 fliers bearing Ms. Gay’s picture and her last known whereabouts, while cashiers at a pharmacy owned by Bain put fliers in the bag of every shopper.

Romney and the other Bain employees scoured every part of New York and talked with everyone they could – prostitutes, drug addicts, the homeless – and even went to rave parties looking for her.

Here's a message from Robert Gay, the daughter's dad, in a 2007 Mitt Romney political ad:

(View in separate window here.)

Sources for missing child story:

Worthy to be President:

Governor Mitt RomneyMitt Romney,
former Massachusetts Governor
(Photo courtesy: Gage Skidmore)
Mitt Romney is trustworthy, a great man, & not the villain the liberal mainstream media has painted him to be. He has no problem showing us his birth certificate, his high school and college transcripts, his social security card, his law degree, his draft notice, or his medical records. In other words, he's shown us he has nothing to hide.

Mitt Romney's background, experience and trustworthiness show him to be a great leader and an excellent citizen for President of the United States. You may not think that Romney is the best candidate the Republicans could have selected. But at least we know he won't apologize for our country, bow down to foreign powers, or practice fiscal irresponsibility. We know he has the ability to turn around this financial debacle that the current regime has failed to get us out of. We won't like all the things necessary to recover from this debt, but someone with Romney's background can do it.

And Romney never was a "Community Organizer," never took drugs or smoked pot, never got drunk, did not associate with communists or terrorists, nor did he attend a church whose pastor has called for God to condemn the United States of America. You should know the difference between the men running for America's top office.



Additional reading:
"Meet Ann Romney's 5 Sons":
"Ann and Mitt: A Love Story":
"Ann and Mitt Romney Marriage Profile":


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