Randal Howard Paul was born on January 7, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Carol and Ron Paul, the middle child of five. Paul was baptized in the Episcopal Church and identified as a practicing Christian. The Paul family moved to Lake Jackson, Texas, in 1968 where he was raised and where his father began a medical practice in Obstetrics. When Rand was 13, his father was elected to the United States House of Representatives.
Paul attended Baylor University from 1981 to 1984 where he did not complete his baccalaureate degree. He was accepted to the Duke University School of Medicine, which at the time did not require an undergraduate degree for admission. In 1988 earned his MD degree and completed his residency in 1993. After completing his residency in ophthalmology, Paul moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky where he has kept his license since 1993. He specializes in cataract and glaucoma surgeries. Paul married Kelly Paul and they have three sons. They are active members of the Presbyterian Church.
Paul became a political activist while at Baylor University where he joined the local chapter of the Young Conservatives. He later took some time off from school help his father in his campaign for Senator. Later on in medical school he again volunteered for his father’s Presidential campaign. Paul became involved in local politics when President Bush broke his promises about increasing taxes. He managed his father 1996 Congressional campaign. In 2014 he joined a conservative advocacy group called FreedomWorks an affiliate of the Tea-Party. They filed a class-action suit charging the US government with the violation of the 4th Amendment in the collection of its citizens’ phone records. In August 2009 Paul announced that he was running for the Kentucky congressional seat in the Senate. He easily won the primary and faced Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway in the general election. During the campaign there was some controversy in regards to comments he had previously made about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He however, managed to weather the storm and win the general election as well. He eventually ran for the 2016 presidential race. After the Iowa caucus he exited out of the race.
He has served in the following committees: Committee on Foreign Relations; Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Paul also helped to form the Senate Tea Party Caucus. He has been in favor of reducing government spending, and downsizing. He is for increased safety protocols on oil and gas lines in the US. He is against Federal use of Drones for monitoring US citizens.
Paul has been guilty of plagiarism on multiple occasions, in both his speeches and op- ed articles in the Washington Post.
He was originally against taking actions against the Russian aggressor nation. He has since changed his mind when their actions threatened the Ukraine. In 2015 re-booted the Federal Reserve Transparency Act. He is for the repeal of the Selective Service Act. In 2017 he introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act, which prohibited funds to Al Qaeda. He is for repeal of Affordable Care Act.
Paul condemned Mitt Romney for criticizing President Trump. President Trump chose Paul as envoy to Iran to repair our relationship with that country. During his tenure Paul has focused on criminal justice reform. He is for reducing the use of military gear by the police. He introduced the Health and Safety of Pregnant Women in Prison Act. He is for the ending of no-knock warrants. He is against mandatory vaccinations for infants. He believes Parents should have the right to chose.