- US Senator (R-KY)
- Con to the question "Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"
“I think public awareness of how good vaccines are for kids and how they are good for public health is a great idea… but I don’t think there’s anything extraordinary about resorting to freedom…
I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines. I’m not arguing vaccines are a bad idea, I think they’re a good thing, but I think the parent should have some input. The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children and it is an issue of freedom.”
CNBC, “Defensive? Sen. Rand Paul on Voluntary Vaccines,” cnbc.com, Feb. 2, 2015
- Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to vaccines and healthcare. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to vaccines and healthcare.
- Involvement and Affiliations:
- United States Senator (R-KY), 2011-present
- Member, US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Member, US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)
- Member, US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs
- Member, US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
- Member, Senate Tea Party Caucus, 2011-present
- Recipient, TIME “100 Most Influential People,” 2013
- Founder, Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, 1995
- Founder, Kentucky Tax Payers United, 1994-2000
- Former practicing ophthalmologist, Bowling Green (KY)
- MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 1988
- Attended Baylor University, 1981-1984
- Born in Pittsburgh, PA on Jan. 7, 1963.
- Married with three sons.
- Son of Ron Paul, MD, former US Representative (R-TX) and Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012.
- Twitter handle: @SenRandPaul
- Rand Paul left Baylor University before graduating in order to attend Duke Medical School.
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