Sam Brownback
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Candidate status: Dropped out of the race on October 19, 2007
Filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC on January 22, 2007

Current job: U.S. senator from Kansas

Birth date: September 12, 1956; Garnett, Kansas

Family: Married Mary Brownback. They have five children.

Religion: Catholic

Education: Kansas State University, B.S., 1978; University of Kansas, J.D., 1982

Campaign Web site:
Follow the money: Democrats | Republicans
Registered Republicans' choice for nominee in 2008:
Sampling error: +/-5 percentage points. Based on interviews with 379 registered Republicans. The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted September 7-9, 2007.
Some supporters, who may have also contributed to other candidates, include:
Michael W. Smith, Christian singer
Endorsed Brownback
Michael W. Smith
Pat Boone, singer
Donated $300
Pat Boone
Jay Feaster, general manager of NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning
Donated $300
Jay Feaster
Thomas Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza and Catholic philanthropist
Member of Brownback's exploratory committee; he and his wife gave $4,600
Angela Baraquio Grey, Miss America 2001
Member of Brownback's exploratory committee
Bobby Schindler, brother of late Terri Schiavo
Endorsed Brownback
David Kim, lead investor in Baja Fresh restaurant chain
Member of Brownback's exploratory committee, gave $2,000
* Money figures are according to FEC
Some of the top and notable advisers, according to the campaigns and/or media reports.
Rob Wasinger, campaign manager
Brownback's former Senate chief-of-staff.
Ryan Carney, finance director
A political fundraiser for the past seven years.
Martin Gillespie, political director
Former Republican National Committee member conducting coalition outreach with a specific focus on Catholic, pro-life and social conservative grassroots development.
Jay Heine, political director-Iowa
An Iowa operative who has worked on campaigns ranging from President Bush to Bob Vander Platts' gubernatorial bid.
Leon Wolf, e-campaign coordinator
A nationally known conservative blogger and a contributing editor for
David Kensinger, senior adviser
Former chief of staff in Brownback's Senate office and member of Kansas Club for Growth.
Brownback on the Issues
Opposes abortion rights.
Co-sponsored Bush-backed immigration reform legislation, which would have increased funding and improved border security technology, improved enforcement of existing laws, and provided a legal path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants. Voted to authorize construction of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Voted for use of military force in Iraq. Voted against war spending bill that would have withdrawn most U.S. troops by March 2008. Opposed Bush plan to send additional American troops to Iraq. Also opposes short timetable for troop withdrawal. Says diplomacy needed to resolve sectarian violence.
Same-sex marriage
Opposes same-sex marriage and civil unions. Supports constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Social Security
Supports Bush plan allowing workers to divert some Social Security payroll taxes into private retirement accounts.
Supported 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts. Supported extending tax cuts through 2010. Supports a full repeal of the estate tax. Supports a simplification of the tax code, and has pledged to oppose all tax increases.
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