Conservative politician and leading member of the Tea Party movement who a US Senator from South Carolina from 2005 to 2013. He also served in the US House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005.
He earned an MBA from Clemson University before working in market research.
He made controversial statements that gays and single mothers should not be allowed to teach in public schools but later apologized for the remarks.
He has four children with wife Debbie; his father in law led the Nixon re-election campaign in South Carolina.
He founded Senate Conservatives Fund, which supported the campaigns of Rand Paul, among others.