Updated: 2:34 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2012 | Posted: 11:31 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2012
By Jessica Wehrman
Born: Dec. 19, 1955, in Cincinnati
Family: Jane, wife; and their three children: Jed, Will and Sally
Dartmouth College, B.A., 1979; graduated University of Michigan School of Law, J.D., 1984
1989 to 1991: Portman served under President George H.W. Bush as associate counsel to the president, then as director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.
U.S. representative, 2nd District, 1993-2005: First elected in a special election to fill the seat of Willis D. Gradison who resigned. Was re-elected six times to the southern Ohio district that currently includes parts of Warren, Hamilton and five other southern counties.
2005: U.S. trade representative for President George W. Bush
2006: Director of the Office of Management and Budget
2010: Defeated Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher in the November election to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. George Voinovich. Portman won 82 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
Senate committees: Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources; Budget; Homeland Security and Government Affairs
Interesting fact: Portman is the GOP go-to person for debate preparations. In 2000, he portrayed Al Gore during George W. Bush’s practice and he portrayed Joe Lieberman during Dick Cheney’s practice. In 2004, he did it again, portraying Democrat John Edwards during Cheney’s debate prep. In 2008, he took on the role of Barack Obama during debate practice with John McCain.
Marco Rubio, 40
U.S. senator from Florida and former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.
Born to Cuban immigrants, which would help Romney with Latino voters. Probably seal Florida for Romney.
Only two years experience in federal office makes him a risky choice.
Paul Ryan, 41
House budget committee chairman, from Wisconsin.
Popular with conservatives because he backs deep spending and tax cuts. The Miami grad has Ohio connections.
Relatively unknown. Medicare plan may not sell with seniors. Might not help Romney carry Wisconsin.
Chris Christie, 49
New Jersey governor, former federal prosecutor.
A hero to conservatives for his determination to control spending in New Jersey.
His cutting style may not wear well with independent voters.
Susana Martinez, 52
New Mexico governor, former state prosecutor.
First Hispanic female governor in America who would help Romney with two key groups.
First-term governor may not be able to convince voters she is ready for the presidency.
Bob McDonnell, 57
Virginia governor, former state attorney general.
Attractive candidate from a state Romney must win. Popular with conservatives.
Signed an anti-abortion law that angered many women voters.
Tim Pawlenty, 51
Former Minnesota governor.
Appeals to middle-class voters in Minnesota. Endorsed Romney early after ending his own campaign.
Not a dynamic speaker. Might not be able to carry his own state.