Richard John Santorum (born May 10, 1958) is an American politician, attorney, and political commentator.
A member of the Republican Party, he served as a United States senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007 and was the Senate's third-ranking Republican from 2001 to 2007.
Santorum ran for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, finishing second to Mitt Romney.
In January 2017, he became a CNN senior political commentator.
Santorum was elected to the United States Senate from Pennsylvania in 1994.
He served two terms until losing his 2006 reelection bid.
A Roman Catholic, Santorum is a social conservative who opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and embraced a cultural warrior image during his Senate tenure.
While serving as a senator, Santorum authored the Santorum Amendment, which would have promoted the teaching of intelligent design.
He was a leading sponsor of the 2003 federal law known as the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.
In the years following his departure from the Senate, Santorum has worked as a consultant, private practice lawyer, and news contributor.
He ran for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S.
Before suspending his campaign on April 10, 2012, Santorum exceeded expectations by winning 11 primaries and caucuses and receiving nearly four million votes, making him the runner-up to eventual nominee Mitt Romney.
Santorum ran for president again in 2016, but ended his campaign in February 2016 after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses.