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Mitt Romney


March 12, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan


Belmont, Massachusetts


He has been married to Ann Romney since 1969. They have five grown sons: Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben, and Craig. The Romneys also have 18 grandchildren.


He was the Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Before that, he was president of the organizing committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also co-founded Bain Capital, a financial company, and helped run it for 14 years.


reading, skiing, horseback riding, and waterskiing

Favorite foods:

meat loaf, pretzels, and peanut M&M’s

Name game:

Romney’s first name is Willard. Until first grade, he was known as Billy. But he didn’t like the nickname and started going by his middle name, Mitt, instead.

When he was your age:

As a kid, Mitt Romney went to the Vaughn School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He later wrote that his fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Clouse, inspired him by “making me believe that I could learn anything.”

Mitt idolized his dad. George Romney was president of the American Motors car company. “Work was never just a way to make a buck to my dad,” Mitt once said. “It was about making life better for people.”

Mitt loved to talk about cars with his dad, and he hoped to run a car company himself someday. Instead, he followed his father into politics. George was the Governor of Michigan for six years.

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