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John Ellis "Jeb" Bush served as the 43rd governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. He is the second son of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and is the younger brother of former President George W. Bush.

Born: Feb. 11, 1953, Midland, Texas

Spouse: Columba Bush, married in 1974

Siblings: George W. Bush, Neil Bush, Dorothy Bush Koch, Marvin Bush, Robin Bush

Children: George P. Bush, Noelle Bush, John Ellis Bush, Jr.

Education: University of Texas, graduated in 1973 with a degree in Latin American affairs.

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Ben Carson
Republican

Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, Sr. is an American author and retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon. He was the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head. Carson was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 2008. He gained popularity as a political figure after delivering a widely publicized speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast.

Born: Sept. 18, 1951 in Detroit, Mich. 

Family: Wife, Candy Carson; sons Rhoeyce, Murray, Ben Jr. 

Education: Yale University; University of Michigan Medical School; neurosurgery residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Career: Director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins; co-director of the Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center.

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Lincoln Chafee
Democrat

Lincoln Davenport Chafee served as a Republican U.S. Senator from Rhode Island from 1999 to 2007. He became an Independent and served as governor of Rhode Island as an Independent from 2011 to 2015. In 2013 he announced he was switching his party affiliation to Democrat.

Born March 26, 1953, in Providence, R.I.

Education: bachelor's degree in Classics from Brown University; studied to become a farrier at Montana State University.

Family: Married wife Stephanie in Jaunary, 1990. They have three children: Louisa, Caleb and Thea.

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Christopher James "Chris" Christie has served as the 55th governor of New Jersey since January 2010.

Born: Sept. 6, 1962, Newark, NJ

Spouse: Mary Pat Foster, married in 1986

Children: Patrick, Andrew, Sarah, Bridget.

Education: University of Delaware, graduated in political science in 1984; Seton Hall University School of Law, 1987

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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is a former U.S. secretary of state, U.S. senator, and first lady of the United States. From 2009 to 2013, she was the 67th secretary of state, serving under President Barack Obama.

She was the first wife of a president to seek and win national office and the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from New York. She ran for president in 2007, conceding the nomination to Obama during the 2008 Democratic primaries.

Born: Oct. 26, 1947, Chicago, Ill.

Spouse: Bill Clinton, married in 1975

Children: Chelsea Clinton, born in 1980. married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010, one daughter: Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky born in 2014.

Education: Wellesley College, graduating in 1969; Yale Law School, graduating in 1973.

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Ted Cruz
Republican

Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz is the junior U.S. senator from Texas. Elected in 2012 as a Republican, he is the first Hispanic or Cuban American to serve as a U.S. Senator from Texas.

Born: Dec. 22, 1970, Calgary, Canada

Nationality: American

Spouse: Heidi Nelson Cruz, married in 2001

Children: Caroline and Catherine

Education: Harvard University, Princeton University, Harvard Law School, graduating 1995.

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Carly Fiorina is a politician and former business executive. Fiorina rose through the ranks at AT&T and Lucent and eventually became chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005, the first woman to lead a top 20 U.S. companies. HP's merger with Compaq in 2002 was under Fiorina's leadership, and made it the world's largest personal computer manufacturer. About 30,000 workers were laid off in the merger. The company struggled and Fiorina was forced to resign.

Born: Sept. 6, 1954, in Austin, Texas.

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Jim Gilmore
Republican

Jim Gilmore was governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002. 

Born: Oct. 6, 1949, in Richmond, Va.

Spouse: Wife, Roxane. Sons Jay and Ashton.

Education: Bachelor's degree, 1971, the University of Virginia; law degree, 1977, the University of Virginia.

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Lindsey Olin Graham  is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who serves as the senior United States Senator from South Carolina, in office since 2003. On June 1, 2015, he announced his candidacy for the Presidency in the 2016 election.[1]

Born: July 9, 1955, in Central, South Carolina

Education: University of South Carolina, graduated 1977; University of South Carolina School of Law, graduated 1981.

Military: Served in the U.S. Air Force 1982-1988 and served as a Guardsman first in the South Carolina Air National Guard then in the Air Force Reserves, attaining the rank of colonel.

Career: Practiced law before election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1992. Served in the U.S. House, 1995 to 2003. Elected to U.S. Senate in 2002, re-elected to third term in 2014.

Family: Single, no children. Raised his sister, Darline Graham Nordone, after their parents both died when he was 22 and she was 13. 

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Mike Huckabee
Republican
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Piyush "Bobby" Jindal is governor of Louisiana and the former vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He first ran for governor in 2003, losing to Democrat Kathleen Blanco. He then won a seat in the U.S. House in 2004. The second Indian American in Congress, he was re-elected in 2006. He was elected governor in 2007 becoming the first Indian American governor in the United States, and was re-elected in a landslide in 2011.Piyush "Bobby" Jindal

Born: June 10, 1971, Baton Rouge, La.

Spouse: Supriya, married 2001

Children: Selia, Shaan and Slade.

Education: Bachelor's in biology and public policy, 1991, Brown University. Master of letters, political science, 1994, New College, Oxford University (as Rhodes Scholar).

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John Kasich
Republican
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Martin Joseph O'Malley served as the 61st governor of Maryland, from 2007 to 2015. First elected in 2006, he defeated incumbent Gov. Robert Ehrlich, and again in a 2010 rematch. He served as mayor of Baltimore from 1999 until 2007. Term limits prevented O'Malley from seeking a third term as governor.

Born: Jan. 18, 1963, Washington, D.C.

Spouse: Katie O'Malley, married 1990

Children: William, Grace, Jack and Tara

Education: Graduated from  Catholic University of America; graduated law school from the University of Maryland (Baltimore) in 1988.

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Randal Howard "Rand" Paul is a physician and politician from Kentucky. A Republican, Paul has served in the U.S. Senate since 2011.

Born: Jan. 7, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Spouse: Kelley Ashby, married in 1990

Children: Robert, William and Duncan.

Education: Baylor University; Duke University School of Medicine, graduating in 1988

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Rick Perry
Republican

James Richard "Rick" Perry is served as the 47th governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015. He ran for president in 2012, finishing fifth in the Iowa caucuses.

Born: March 4, 1950 in Paint Creek, Texas

Spouse: Anita Thigpen Perry, married in 1982

Children: Sydney and Griffin

Education: Texas A&M University graduated in animal science in 1972.

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Marco Rubio
Republican

Marco Antonio Rubio is the junior U.S. senator from Florida, serving since January 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

Born: May 28, 1971, Miami, Fla.

Spouse: Jeanette Dousdebes, married in 1998.

Children: Amanda, Daniella, Anthony and Dominic.

Education: University of Florida, graduated in political science in 1993; University of Miami School of Law, graduating 1996.

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Bernie Sanders
Democrat

Bernard "Bernie" Sanders, an Independent, is the junior U.S. senator from Vermont. He represented Vermont as an Independent in the U.S. House from 1991 to 2007.

Born: Sept. 8, 1941, Brooklyn, NY

Spouse: Jane O’Meara Sanders, married in 1988

Children: Levi, Carina, David and Heather

Education: University of Chicago, graduated in political science in 1964.

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Richard John "Rick" Santorum is an American attorney and Republican Party politician. He served as U.S. Senator representing Pennsylvania and was the Senate's third-ranking Republican. He ran for president in 2012, eventually conceding the Republican nomination to Mitt Romney

Born: May 10, 1958 in Winchester, Va.

Spouse: Karen Garver Santorum, married 1990

Children: John, Maria, Isabella, Elizabeth, Daniel, Sarah, Patrick, Peter, Gabriel (died 1996).

Education: Pennsylvania State University; Dickinson Law, graduating in 1986

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Donald John Trump, Sr. is an American business magnate and star of the reality TV show "The Apprentice." He is president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts.

Born: June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York

Family: Married Melania Knauss in 2005. Adult children: Donald, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany and Barron

Education: Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in economics in 1968.

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Scott Kevin Walker is a Republican legislator and politician who is the 45th governor of Wisconsin, first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Walker also defeated an effort to recall him in 2012.

Born: Nov. 2, 1967, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Spouse: Tonette Walker, married in 1993

Children: Matt and Alex

Education: Marquette University, left in 1990 without attaining a degree.

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James Henry "Jim" Webb, Jr. served as U.S. Senator from Virginia from 2007-2013. He was also secretary of the Navy, assistant secretary of Defense and a Marine Corps officer and war hero in Vietnam.

Born: Feb. 9, 1946 in Saint Joseph, MO

Spouse: Married Hong Le Webb in 2006 after two previous marriages.

Children: Jimmy Webb, Amy Webb Hogan, Julia Webb, Sarah Webb, Georgia LeAnh Webb

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