The following biographies are of the announced candidates for the 2012 presidential nomination.
President Barack Obama is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination for president. He announced his plans to seek re-election April 4, 2011. The date is symbolic because the announcement was made on the fourth day of the fourth month for the 44th president. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were first elected in November 2008 and took office on Jan. 19, 2009. http://www.BarackObama.com
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich announced on May 11, 2011, that he is running for the Republican nomination for president. When Gingrich was elected House speaker in 1995, he was the first Republican in 40 years to hold the job. Since leaving Congress, Gingrich has served as a political consultant and television commentator, and is founder of American Solutions for Winning the Future, an effort to improve the political process. http://www.newt.org/
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, who represents Texas’ 14th Congressional District, announced on May 13, 2011, that he is running for the Republican nomination for president. Paul, a physician, serves on the House Financial Services and Foreign Affairs committees. http://www.ronpaul2012.com/
Former Gov. Mitt Romney announced on June 2, 2011, that he is running for the Republican nomination for president. He also ran for the Republican nomination in 2008. He served as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Prior to being elected governor, Romney was president and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics Games. He is a past chairman of the Republican Governors Association. http://mittromney.com/
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania announced on June 6, 2011, that he is running for the Republican nomination for president. Santorum served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1990 to 1994 and served in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007. He is the former chairman of the Republican Senate Conference. Santorum currently practices law and serves as a senior fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. http://www.ricksantorum.com/index.php