10 Things You Didn't Know About Pat Toomey

The Pennsylvania Republican will join the Senate in January.

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1. Patrick "Pat" Toomey was born Nov. 17, 1961, in Providence, R.I., the third of six children. His father, Patrick, was a union worker who laid cable for Narragansett Electric Company, and his mother, Mary Ann, worked as a part-time secretary at St. Martha's, a Catholic church.

2. He graduated from Harvard University in 1984, with a bachelor's degree in political science.

3. He spent six years working for Wall Street investment banks, traveling often to Asia and living for a year in Hong Kong.

4. In 1991, Toomey moved to Allentown, Pa., and spent the next several years helping his brothers build the Rookie's sports bar and restaurant chain, under Toomey Enterprises Inc. The brothers also owned two nightclubs, Boca Joe's Beach Club and Rockin' Robin.

5. In 1994, he was elected to the Allentown Government Study Commission, a group assigned to study and recommend changes to the city's government structure. Toomey fought to limit the City Council's ability to raise taxes.

6. In 1997, he married Kris Duncan, a childhood friend of his sister. They have three children.

7. Toomey served three terms in the U.S. House starting in 1999.

8. In 2004, he ran for the GOP Senate nomination but lost to incumbent Arlen Specter by less than 2 percent.

9. As president of the conservative, antitax group Club for Growth from 2005 to 2009, Toomey argued against the government bailouts of Wall Street and the automobile industry.

10. Toomey was elected to the Senate on November 2, defeating Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak.