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Sen. Rick Santorum

Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, a staunch conservative and positioned to influence what happens on overhauling Social Security. A biographical summary follows:

Born: May 10, 1958, in Winchester, Va.

Education: B.A., 1980, Pennsylvania State University; MBA, 1981, University of Pittsburgh; J.D., Dickinson School of Law at Penn State, 1986.

Religion: Roman Catholic.

Elections: U.S. House of Representatives, 1990-94; U.S. Senate, 1994-present.

Senate role: Chairman of Republican conference, third-highest Republican leadership position.

Senate committees: Agriculture, Banking, Rules, Aging and Finance, where he chairs the Social Security subcommittee.

Personal: Married to Karen Garvey Santorum. Seven children (one deceased).

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(c) 2005, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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