The following candidates make up the 2012 Republican field.
Rep. Michele Bachmann is serving her third term in the House of Representatives, where she was the first woman to be elected from Minnesota. She is a member of both the Financial Services Committee (FSC) and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Prior to her service in Congress, Bachmann was a federal tax litigation attorney. She is married with five children and has had 23 foster children.
Michele Bachmann's official website
The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Herman Cain is a career businessman who has worked at major corporations, such as Coca-Cola and the Pillsbury Co. He has served as president of the National Restaurant Association and as chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
He recently hosted “The Herman Cain Show,” a radio program in Atlanta. Cain is married with two children and three grandchildren.
Herman Cain's official website
A former Speaker of the U.S. House, Newt Gingrich represented the state of Georgia in Congress for 20 years. Prior to serving in Congress he taught history and environmental studies at West Georgia College.
He was named Man of the Year in 1995 by Time Magazine, and in 2003 he founded the Center for Health Transformation. He has written 23 books. He is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren.
Newt Gingrich's official website
Jon Huntsman is a former two-term governor of Utah and has served as ambassador to both China and Singapore. He was also a U.S. trade ambassador under President George W. Bush.
In addition to his public service, he has been an executive in his family business, the Huntsman Corp. Huntsman is married with seven children, including two adopted from China and India.
Jon Huntsman's official website
Ron Paul represented his district in Texas in Congress from 1976 to 1984, when he retired and returned to practicing medicine. He returned to Congress in 1997 and is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Prior to his congressional service, he was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and then opened a practice specializing in obstetrics/gynecology. He is married and has five children and 18 grandchildren.
Ron Paul's official website
Rick Perry has served as governor of Texas since 2000, ascending to the role when then-Gov. George W. Bush was elected to the presidency. Perry is serving his third full term. Prior to becoming governor, he had been lieutenant governor, state agricultural commissioner, and a member of the Texas House of Representatives.
Before beginning his political career, Perry served five years in the U.S. Air Force and then ran his family farm. He is married with two children.
Rick Perry's official website
Mitt Romney was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and served until 2007, when he decided to run for president. Prior to entering politics, Romney founded and led the investment firm of Bain Capital. In 1999, he was brought in to oversee the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Romney is married and has five sons and 16 grandchildren.
Mitt Romney's official website
Rick Santorum has served in both the U.S. House Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Since his defeat in 2006, he has worked in the private sector as a lawyer, and has been a contributor to Fox News and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Santorum is married and has seven children.
Rick Santorum's official website