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Rick Santorum

Elected to the United States Senate from the State of Pennsylvania in 1995, Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) served two terms in the Senate after also serving two terms in the United States House of Representatives. Santorum is a conservative committed to protecting life at every stage and fighting for a strong national defense to protect America against those who wish to do us harm.

In 2012, Santorum was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012 and became known as a voice for conservatives who didn’t feel their voice was being represented. His grassroots approach to campaigning – including visiting every one of Iowa’s 99 counties – paid dividends with a stunning victory in the Iowa caucuses, which catapulted him to the top of a crowded field. Ultimately, Santorum did not win the nomination, but he did win 11 states and nearly 4 million votes during the Republican primary process. While many are writing him off given his low poll numbers, Santorum was polling extraordinarily low prior to his Iowa caucus victory in 2012.

Santorum believes that America must renew the manufacturing sector in order to ensure that our nation isn’t just made of innovators but of those who can produce those innovations. Santorum says that renewing manufacturing spirit will strengthen working families and help struggling communities return to a path of prosperity during these tough economic times.

While serving in the Senate, Santorum was an author and floor manager of the landmark Welfare Reform Act of 1996 that has empowered millions of Americans to leave the welfare rolls and enter the workforce. Santorum also wrote and championed legislation that outlawed partial birth abortions. Santorum also served eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee where he led the fight before the attacks of September 11, 2001 to transform our military from a Cold War force to meet today’s threats. He was a leader on US-Israeli relations, authoring both the “Syria Accountability Act” and the “Iran Freedom and Support Act,” which he successfully fought to pass in spite of initial opposition by President Bush.

Rich Santorum and his wife of 25 years, Karen, are the parents of seven wonderful children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, Patrick and Isabella.

On the issues

Santorum is strong on national defense, fighting terrorism, and firmly opposes Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon. He is a conservative, pro-life candidate, who also supports American workers and has outlined policies that would bring manufacturing back to America to help provide blue-collar jobs in a growing tech economy.

Like other conservative leaders, Santorum is against patent reform. Indeed, at a time when some Republicans are going along with the President’s agenda, Santorum has been a vocal critic of patent reform. In a Facebook post from February 2015, Santorum said that patent reform “is a direct attack on intellectual property rights and the Constitutional protection of property rights.”

In an April 2015 article in The America Spectator, Santorum argued that comprehensive patent legislation is bad for entrepreneurs and small businesses an that “conservatives should join me in supporting only targeted change to deal with abuse of the system.” Santorum would go on in this article to say: “Patent rights are essential to innovators across our economy… the enormous resources these innovators spend on inventing can only be recouped by promise of a strong patent right.”