The following Republican Presidential candidates will be attending the Dartmouth debate on October 11, 2011.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is serving her third term in the House. In 2006, she was the first Republican woman from Minnesota to win election to the U.S. House. She sits on the Financial Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Prior to election to Congress, she was a federal tax litigation attorney and served as a Minnesota state senator. She is married and has five children and has also had 23 foster children.
A businessman, Herman Cain is the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. He has never held elective office, which he says is an asset. He has been president of the National Restaurant Association and chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In addition, he worked for Burger King, turning around failing restaurants in the Philadelphia region.
Cain has had his own radio show in Atlanta. He is married and has two children and three grandchildren.
A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich represented Georgia in Congress for 20 years, including four years as speaker. He taught history and environmental science at West Georgia College before entering politics.
Time magazine’s man of the year in 1995, he founded the Center for Health Transformation in 2003 to develop free-market health care reforms and co-chaired the National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care. He is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren.
Jon Huntsman served two terms as governor of Utah, through 2008, when President Obama appointed him ambassador to China, a post he held for two years, resigning to seek the presidency. He has also been deputy U.S. trade representative, under President George W. Bush, and ambassador to Singapore.
He has held numerous roles in his family’s business, Huntsman Corporation, serving as vice chairman of the board from 1993 to 2001. He is married and has seven children, the youngest two adopted from Taiwan and India.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul was first elected to the House in 1976, and served until 1984, when he didn’t seek re-election. He returned to the House in 1996, and has served since then. A flight surgeon in the Air Force in the 1960s, he opened a medical practice in 1968, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology.
He ran for president as the Libertarian Party candidate in 1988 and sought the GOP nomination in 2008. He is married, with five children, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and has 18 grandchildren.
Rick Perry moved up from lieutenant governor to become governor of Texas in 2000, when then-Governor George W. Bush was elected president. Perry then won election to the post for three terms. In 1998, he was the first Republican elected lieutenant governor in Texas in more than 100 years. His political career began in the Texas House, followed by two terms as state agriculture commission.
His early years spent were as a tenant farmer, growing cotton, milo, and wheat with his family. An Eagle Scout, he is married and has two children.
Mitt Romney was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002, and served one term then undertook his first run for the presidency in 2007. Prior to entering politics, he was a business consultant and founded and was CEO of the investment firm Bain Capital. In 1999, he took over management of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
Romney, whose father, George Romney, was governor of Michigan, is married and has five children and 16 grandchildren.
Rick Santorum was elected to Congress from Pennsylvania in 1990, and won re-election in 1992. He then moved to the Senate, serving two terms before being defeated in 2006. An attorney, he went to work for a law firm based in Pittsburg and Washington, D.C., after leaving the Senate.
He has been a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, and a contributor to Fox News. He is married and has seven children.