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Mitt Romney

Politician
Male
Born Mar 12, 1947

Willard Mitt Romney is an American businessman who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. He was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. Raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, by his parents Lenore and George W. Romney, Mitt Romney spent two and a half years in France as a Mormon missionary starting in 1966. He married Ann Davies in 1969, with whom he has had five children.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1947 Birth Willard Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947, at Harper University Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest child of automobile executive George W. Romney and homemaker Lenore Romney (née LaFount). … Read More

TEENAGE

1959 - 1960 2 More Events
1962 15 Years Old He participated in his father's successful 1962 Michigan gubernatorial campaign, and later worked for him as an intern in the Governor's office. … Read More
1965 18 Years Old 1 More Event
The two became informally engaged around the time of his June 1965 graduation.
1966 19 Years Old In July 1966, he left the U.S. for a thirty-month stay in France as a Mormon missionary, a traditional rite of passage in his family. … Read More

TWENTIES

He was promoted to zone leader in Bordeaux in early 1968, and soon thereafter became assistant to the mission president in Paris. … Read More
…  He married Ann Davies in 1969, and their five children are all sons. … Read More
1970 23 Years Old 1 More Event
At culturally conservative BYU, Romney remained isolated from much of the upheaval of that era. He became president of the Cougar Club booster organization and showed a new-found discipline in his studies. During his senior year, he took a leave to work as driver and advance man for his mother Lenore Romney's eventually unsuccessful 1970 campaign for U.S. Senator from Michigan; together, they visited all 83 Michigan counties. … Read More

THIRTIES

1977 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1977, he was hired by Bain & Company, a management consulting firm in Boston formed a few years earlier by Bill Bain and other ex-BCG employees. … Read More
1978 - 1983 3 More Events
1984 37 Years Old In 1984, Romney left Bain & Company to cofound the spin-off private equity investment firm, Bain Capital. … Read More
1986 39 Years Old The firm's first significant success was a 1986 investment to help start Staples Inc., after founder Thomas G. Stemberg convinced Romney of the market size for office supplies and Romney convinced others; Bain Capital eventually reaped a nearly sevenfold return on its investment, and Romney sat on the Staples board of directors for over a decade. … Read More

FORTIES

1990 - 1991 2 More Events
1992 45 Years Old 1 More Event
He turned Bain & Company over to new leadership and returned to Bain Capital in December 1992. … Read More
1993 46 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1993, Romney had begun thinking about entering politics, partly based upon Ann's urging and partly to follow in his father's footsteps. … Read More
In addition to his leave from Bain Capital, he stepped down from his church leadership role in 1994.

FIFTIES

1998 - 2001 4 More Events
Years later, a successful stint as president and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics led to a relaunch of his political career.
2003 56 Years Old 1 More Event
The swearing in of Romney as the 70th governor of Massachusetts took place on January 2, 2003. … Read More
…  Romney wrote a book about his experience titled Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games, published in 2004. The role gave Romney experience in dealing with federal, state, and local entities, a public persona he had previously lacked, and the chance to relaunch his political aspirations. In 2002, plagued by political missteps and personal scandals, the administration of Republican Acting Governor of Massachusetts Jane Swift appeared vulnerable, and many Republicans viewed her as unable to win a general election.
2005 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2005, Romney abandoned his support for the compromise amendment, stating that it confused voters who opposed both same-sex marriage and civil unions.
Romney did not seek re-election in 2006, instead focusing on his campaign for the Republican nomination in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

Romney filed to register a presidential campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission on his penultimate day in office as governor. His term ended January 4, 2007.
Romney formally announced his candidacy for the 2008 Republican nomination for president on February 13, 2007, in Dearborn, Michigan. … Read More
2009 62 Years Old 1 More Event
From 2009 to 2011, he served on the board of directors of Marriott International, founded by his namesake J. Willard Marriott. … Read More
Romney maintained his voting registration in Massachusetts, however, and bought a smaller condominium in Belmont during 2010.
Beginning in early 2011, Romney presented a more relaxed visual image, including more casual attire.
…  Following his service as Governor, Romney was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.
2013 66 Years Old In March 2013, Romney gave a reflective interview on Fox News Sunday, stating, "It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done". … Read More
The 2014 documentary film Mitt showed a behind-the-scenes, family-based perspective on both of Romney's presidential campaigns and received positive notices for humanizing the candidate and illustrating the toll that campaigning takes. … Read More
Following the election, he initially kept a low profile but later became more visible politically; after actively considering the possibility, in January 2015 he announced he would not mount a third run for the presidency in the 2016 presidential election.
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