Here's a look at the life of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Personal: Birth date: March 12, 1947
Birth place: Detroit, Michigan
Birth name: Willard Mitt Romney
Father: George W. Romney, former governor of Michigan
Mother: Lenore (LaFount) Romney
Marriage: Ann (Davies) Romney (March 21, 1969-present)
Children: Craig, May 14, 1981; Benjamin, June 5, 1978; Joshua, August 13, 1975; Matthew, October 27, 1971; Taggart, March 21, 1970
Education: Attended Stanford University, 1965-1966; Brigham Young University, B.A., 1971; Harvard University, joint J.D./M.B.A. degree, 1975
Religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Other Facts: His middle name comes from his father's cousin, Mitt, who played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears in the 1920s.
Has been involved in various charities and civic groups including the Boy Scouts, City Year and the Points of Light Foundation.
"Romneycare" - Legislation passed in 2006 that provided health insurance to Massachusetts residents. - People earning below and up to the federal poverty level are eligible for subsidized coverage with small co-pays. - People earning from 100% to 150% of the federal poverty line can also receive subsidized coverage, depending on the plan they pick. - For people earning between 151% and 300% of the poverty line, the insurance is subsidized on a sliding scale.
Timeline: Late 1960s - After his freshman year at Stanford University, Romney spends two years in France as a Mormon missionary.
1978-1984 - Vice president of Boston-based Bain & Company, a management consulting firm.
1984-1990 and 1991-1999 - Chief executive officer of Bain Capital, a company he also founded.
1990-1991 - Returns to Bain & Company as chief executive officer.
1994 - Makes an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate against Edward Kennedy.
1999-2002 - President and chief executive officer of the Salt Lake City Olympic Organizing Committee, the group in charge of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
January 2, 2003-January 4, 2007 - Republican Governor of Massachusetts.
April 12, 2006 - Signs health care legislation for Massachusetts.
January 3, 2007 - Romney files papers with the FEC for an exploratory committee, the initial step toward running for president in 2008.
February 13, 2007 - Officially announces his intention to run in the 2008 presidential election, in Dearborn, Michigan.
February 7, 2008 - Suspends his campaign after a disappointing showing in the Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses.
February 14, 2008 - Endorses John McCain for president and encourages his 286 delegates to support McCain.