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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