Third Party Candidates and Primary Hopefuls
On July 21, 2016 at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio Donald Trump accepted his party's nomination for the office of President of the United States.
On August 10, 2015, there were a total of seventeen candidates running for the 2016 Republican nomination for President. Additional 2016 Presidential candidates, Democrat as well as Republican at this point, and background information appears elsewhere on this website as well.
John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, a Republican, served as Governor of Florida from 1998 to 2007. He is the son of President George H. W. Bush (41st. President) and the brother of President George W. Bush (43rd. President). In June 2015 Bush announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for President.
Lindsey Graham, a Republican, served in the United States Congress from South Carolina from 1995 to 2003. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002, re-elected again in 2008 and 2014 and has served in that office from 2003 to the present. In June 2015, he formally announced his bid for the 2016 Republican nomination for President.
John Kasich, a Republican, was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Ohio in 1982 and served from 1983 to 2001. He did not seek re-election in 2000, but did consider a bid for the Presidency, forming an exploratory committee to that end in 1999. He eventually decided to support George W. Bush, the Governor of Texas. Kasich was elected Governor of Ohio in 2010, and was sworn into office in 2011. In July 2015 Kasich announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for President.
James "Jim" Webb, a Democrat, served as a Marine in Vietnam and in 1969 was awarded the Navy Cross. He would again serve his country as Secretary of the Navy from 1987-1988. Webb was elected to the United States Senate in 2006 and served from 2007 through 2013. In November 2014 he announced the formation of an exploratory committee for a possible run for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination. In July 2015 Webb announced his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic nomination for President.
Piyush "Bobby" Jindal, a Republican, was born in Louisiana. His parents were immigrants from India. Jindal lost his first bid for the Governorship of Louisiana in 2003, but would go on to be successfully elected in 2004 to the United States House of Representatives, and re-elected in 2006. Bobby Jindal was elected Governor of Louisiana in 2007, began his term of office in 2008, and was re-elected Governor in 2011. He is the first Indian American Governor in the nation. In June 2015 Jindal announced his bid for the 2016 Republican nomination for President.
Scott Walker, a Republican, was elected to the office of Governor of Wisconsin in 2010 and was re-elected to that office in 2014. During his first term as Governor, and as part of an effort to repair the state budget, Walker introduced legislation limiting public employees collective bargaining powers. This led to major protests and a special gubernatorial recall election in 2012. Walker won. In July 2015 Walker announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for President.
Lincoln Chafee, as a Republican, served in the United States Senate from Rhode Island from 1999 to 2007. It was in 2007 he became an Independent and was later elected Governor of Rhode Island serving from 2011 to 2015. In 2013 Chafee switched his affiliation to the Democratic Party and in June 2015, he formally announced his bid for the 2016 nomination for President.
Carly Fiorina, a Republican, served as Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1991 to 2005. As such, she was the first woman to head-up a Fortune 50 company. At the time of her May 2015 announcement to seek the 2016 Republican nomination for President, Fiorina was serving as Chairman of the American Conservative Union Foundation.
Richard "Rick" Perry, a Republican, assumed the Governorship of Texas in 2000 when as Lieutenant Governor he took over for George W. Bush, who had resigned to become President of the United States. Perry was elected and re-elected to that office in 2002, 2006, and again in 2010. He served as Governor of Texas until 2015. Perry was unsuccessful in his effort to gain the Republican nomination for President in 2012. In June 2015, Perry formally announced his bid for the 2016 Republican nomination for President.
Richard "Rick" Santorum, a Republican, represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and then as a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania serving in that office from 1995 to 2007. Santorum unsuccessfully sought the 2012 Republican nomination for President. Santorum would go on to announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in May 2015.
Mike Huckabee, a Republican, served as Governor of Arkansas from 1996 through 2007 and was an unsuccessful candidate during the primaries for the 2008 Republican Party nomination for President. Huckabee would go on to announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in May 2015.
Donald Trump, a Republican is an American businessman. Trump flirted with the possibility of running for the 2012 Republican nomination for President, but in May 2011 announced that he would not be a candidate at that time. In June 2015 Trump announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
As of May 5, 2016 all the Republican candidates, except for Donald Trump, had dropped out or suspended their campaigns.
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