Last updated on: 10/27/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Rand Paul, MD Biography

Title:
United States Senator (R-KY)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“Our criminal justice system is broken. I recently introduced the Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act, a bill that would restore Federal voting rights for non-violent criminals [after serving all probation and parole].”

“Senators Paul and Cardin Unite for Discussion of How Best to Restore Voting Rights for Millions of Americans,” paul.senate.gov, July 22, 2014

“I’m just not quite there yet [re-enfranchising violent felons]… There can be an argument made for — once you’ve served your time, you’ve served your time. But I think as far as trying to get the coalition necessary to pass this, we’re looking at nonviolent felons.”

“Paul Drafts Bill to Restore Voting Rights for Ex-Cons,” thehill.com, Feb. 11, 2014

[Editor’s Note: Individuals and organizations that do not support felon re-enfranchisement until felons have paid all fines and restitution (in addition to having completed their term of incarceration and probation/parole) are classified as Not Clearly Pro or Con. Also, those who support re-enfranchisement of some felons but not others (for example, felons who committed murder or rape) are also classified as Not Clearly Pro or Con.]

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
  • Founder, Kentucky Tax Payers United, 1994-2000
  • Former practicing ophthalmologist, Bowling Green (KY)
Education:
  • MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 1988
  • Attended Baylor University, 1981-1984
Other:
  • Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Jan. 7, 1963
  • Married with three children
  • Son of Ron Paul, former US Representative (R-TX) and Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012
  • Introduced the Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act of 2014 on June 26, 2014. The act, according to congress.gov, “[d]eclares that the right of a U.S. citizen to vote in any election for federal office shall not be denied or abridged because the individual has been convicted of a non-violent criminal offense, unless, at the time of the election, the individual is serving a sentence in a correctional facility or a term of probation.”
Quoted in:
  1. Are Felon Disenfranchisement Laws a Form of Racial Discrimination?