10 Things You Didn't Know About Rand Paul

Rand Paul is the son of Ron Paul.


1 Randal Howard Paul was born on Jan. 7, 1963, in Lake Jackson, Texas. He is the middle of five children born to Ron and Carol Paul. His father, Ron Paul, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1976 and ran for president in 2008.

2 After graduating from Baylor University, he earned his M.D. from Duke University's medical school in 1988. He completed a general surgery internship at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta and finished his residency at Duke's Medical Center in 1993.

3 While living in Atlanta, he met his wife, Kelley Ashby Paul. They have been married 19 years and have three sons: William, Duncan, and Robert. They live in Bowling Green, Ky.

4 Paul says he was not named after author Ayn Rand, an icon for libertarians. He says his wife shortened his nickname from Randy.

5 In 1993, he founded the Kentucky Taxpayers Union advocating lower taxes. The group was dissolved on Nov. 1, 2000.

6 He is a practicing opthamologist, specializing in cataract and glaucoma surgeries, LASIK procedures, and corneal transplants.

7 He has been a member of the Bowling Green Noon Lions Club for more than 17 years and served as president from 1997 to 1998.

8 Paul helped found the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic to provide care to low-income patients.

9 He is a member of the Presbyterian Church in Bowling Green, where his wife is an elected member of the board of deacons.

10 On May 18, Paul defeated Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson for his state's GOP Senate nomination.


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