Saturday, October 11, 2014

Celebrating Ron Paul’s Forty Years in the Political Arena

-Adam Dick
Forty years ago this month, Ron Paul was in the final weeks of his first campaign for the United States House of Representatives. Paul, a Texas obstetrician who had never before run for political office, was the Republican nominee challenging Rep. Robert R. Casey, the eight-term Democrat incumbent. Casey won that race. But, a year and a half later Paul won the House seat in a special election after the seat had become vacant due to Casey’s appointment to the Federal Maritime Commission.

Paul ran for office in 1974 and through the years in large part so he could have a platform for educating people with a consistent pro-liberty message.

In all, Paul won election to the House 12 times over a span of five decades. Paul’s wins include the unmatched record of being elected three times to the House as a non-incumbent — once in his 1976 special election victory and twice (in 1978 and 1996) in victories against incumbents. Paul had some losses as well — in 1974 and a squeaker House reelection loss in the 1976 general election, as well as in his 1984 US Senate and 1988, 2008, and 2012 presidential races. Yet, Paul’s lost races were fruitful in advancing his educational mission.