(CNN) -- Here's an in-depth look at the life of former presidential candidate and U.S. Representative Ron Paul.
Personal: Birth date: August 20, 1935
Birth place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Birth name: Ronald Ernest Paul
Father: Howard Paul, dairy farmer
Mother: Margaret Paul, dairy farmer
Marriage: Carol (Wells) Paul (February 1, 1957-present)
Children: Ronald Jr.; Lori; Rand, Robert; Joy
Education: Gettysburg College, B.A., Biology, 1957; Duke University Medical Center, M.D., 1961
Military Service: United States Air Force, 1963-1965, Flight Surgeon; United State Air National Guard, 1965-1968
Other Facts: Practiced obstetrics and gynecology and has delivered more than 4,000 babies.
Opposes abortion, but believes it's a matter best handled by states.
Believes in dramatically reducing the size of the federal government and eliminating government agencies.
Never voted for legislation unless the proposed measure was expressly authorized by the Constitution; was known as "Dr No." for this policy.
Voted against the Patriot Act.
Advocates a non-inflationary gold standard.
Has called for America's participation in NATO to end.
Is the first representative in U.S. history to serve alongside his/her child serving in the Senate. His son, Rand Paul is a U.S. senator from Kentucky.
Timeline: 1961-1962 - Completes internship and residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.
1963-1965 - Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force.
1965-1968 - Completes obstetrics and gynecology training at University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1965-1968 - Reservist in the United States Air National Guard.
1975 - Runs for a seat in Congress representing the 22nd district of Texas. Paul loses to incumbent Robert Casey (D-Texas).
April 3, 1976-January 3, 1977 - Serves as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Texas' 22nd district, replacing Robert Casey who was appointed to the Federal Maritime Commission.
November 1976 - Loses bid for re-election to Democrat Robert Gammage.
January 3, 1979-January 3, 1985 - Represents Texas' 22nd District after beating Gammage in the 1978 election.
May 1983 - Loses primary to Representative Phil Gramm (R-Texas) for John Tower's Senate seat.
November 8, 1988 - Unsuccessfully runs for president of the United States as the Libertarian Party candidate.
November 7, 1996 - Defeats Charles Morris and is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican for the 14th District of Texas.
January 7, 1997- January 3, 2013 - Represents Texas' 14th District.
March 12, 2007 - Files a statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission to run for president as a Republican, officially entering the race for the White House.
June 12, 2008 - Suspends his presidential campaign.
May 13, 2011 - Announces his run for the presidency in Exeter, New Hampshire.
July 12, 2011 - Paul announces he will not seek re-election for his Congressional seat in 2012.
May 14, 2012 - Paul ends active campaigning, with no campaign resources going into upcoming primary states.
January 3, 2013 - Retires from the U.S. House of Representatives.
April 17, 2013 - Launches his foreign policy think tank, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.