Rand Paul is the son of an American physician turned politician, he became a physician himself and later turned into a politician as well and is now serving as a junior United States Senator from Kentucky. Here is more about him, his political career, family, and how much he is worth.
Rand Paul Bio
Rand Paul whose full name is Randal Howard Paul was born on January 7, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, into a Christian home headed by Ron Paul (father) and his wife Carol (née Wells) Paul.
Rand was born as the middle child of the five children his parents had. His siblings include Ronald Ronnie Paul Jr., Lori Paul Pyeatt, Robert Paul, and Joy Paul-LeBlanc. When Paul was still a toddler, his family relocated from Pittsburgh to San Antonio, Texas, where they eventually settled in Lake Jackson.
He attended Brazoswood High School where he actively participated in the school’s swimming team in addition to playing as a defensive back for the football team. After high school, the Pittsburgh native enrolled to study at Baylor University and was there from 1981-1984. His time in the university saw him join the varsity’s swimming team in addition to becoming a member of The NoZe Brotherhood; a collegiate secret organization that initially began as a joke back then. Rand Paul would, however, drop out of Baylor without completing his studies. He later got admitted at his father’s alma mater, the Duke University School of Medicine where he obtained a medical degree in 1988 and completed his residency in ophthalmology in 1993.
Rand Paul began his medical career with a job at John Downing of Downing McPeak Vision Center which had him move to Bowling Green, Kentucky. He worked there for five years before moving over to Graves Gilbert Clinic where he stayed for the next ten years before eventually setting up his own private practice. Paul specialized in cataract, LASIK procedures, corneal transplants, and glaucoma surgeries.
His philanthropic side has seen him perform free surgeries for children in developing countries through the Children of the Americas program. In addition to this, Paul founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic which caters to people who can’t afford to go for eye exams or have eye surgeries.
His Political Career
During his time at Baylor University, Rand Paul showed signs that he would take the path of politics later in life. He first became the leader of the Young Conservatives of Texas, and in response to then-President Bush’s increase of taxes, he founded the North Carolina Taxpayers Union in 1991 which was followed by the Kentucky Taxpayers United (KTU), an anti-tax organization he put together in 1994.
Coming down to 2008, he popularised himself among American electorates when he ran for the U.S. Senate as a Republican on November 2, 2010, defeating Attorney General Jack Conway. He was sworn in on the 5th of January 2011 and has been serving as a U.S senator since then. Rand Paul has made productive contributions at various times as a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Homeland Security, and Government Affairs, including Small Business, and Foreign Relations committees.
On April 7, 2015, he announced his intentions to run for the office of the United States President, but following his finishing as 5th out of 12 Republicans vying for the post at the Iowa caucus on February 3, 2016, he announced the suspension of his campaign. From then to the present time, Rand Paul has been serving well as a U.S Senator.
His Family – Father, Wife, and Son
His father Ron Paul was a United States politician who represented Texas in the House of Representatives and also ran for the seat of U.S Presidency three times without success. He was born on August 20, 1935, in the Pittsburgh suburb of Green Tree, Pennsylvania.
He trained as a doctor in Duke University’s School of Medicine, graduated in 1961, went for his medical internship at the Henry Ford Hospital, and had his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. He began his career serving with the military before beginning his private practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Texas. Ron entered politics in 1971 and served in Congress from 1976 to 1977, 1979 to 1985, and finally 1997 to 2013.
Like most men his age, Rand Paul is a married man with kids. He got married to Kelley Ashby Paul on October 20, 1990, and their marriage has seen the birth of three kids – all boys. Their first son William was born in the year 1992 and five years later (1997), Duncan Paul was born. The youngest of the 3, Robert Paul was born in the year 2000.
Kelley Ashby Paul was born on the 3rd of September 1963 in Russellville, Kentucky into a military family headed by Hilton Ray Ashby and his wife Lillian (Wessell) Ashby. Growing up, her family moved about a lot and she even lived in Turkey at a time.
Kelley graduated from Russellville High School before moving over to Rhodes College where she studied communications and English. She met her husband in 1988 in Atlanta while he was studying for his medical degree at the Duke University School of Medicine. The two developed a liking for each other and she even had to move to Durham with him after he completed his coursework at Duke University.
Since their marriage, they have been living together as one happy family and would probably continue so without towing the path of disunity.
Rand Paul’s Net Worth
Rand Paul’s current net worth is not exactly known. Some sources have reported him to be worth about $2.5 million while others reported figures slightly deviating from it.
However, in 2015, he was widely reported to be worth about $1.3 million. So, extrapolating based on this figure, one might still arrive at a figure not different from what had been earlier estimated to be his current net worth.
Height – How Tall Is He?
The former doctor and now politician stands at a height of 1.73 m which equates to 5 feet 6 inches.