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5 Things You Should Know About U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter

Michigan 11th Congressional District Representative McCotter expected to formally announce White House bid today.

Michigan 11th Congressional District Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Livonia, is expected to formally throw his hat into the ring for the 2012 presidential campaign. His announcement is scheduled for about 8 p.m. today during a Tea-Party-infused Freedom Festival at Whitmore Lake, sponsored by conservative talk radio station WAAM-AM.

The Livonia native's impending bid for the White House puts McCotter, 45, into a crowded field. Other Republican candidates (so far) include:

  • Former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich of Georgia.
  • Businessman Hermain Cain of Georgia.
  • U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, M.D., of Texas.
  • Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor.
  • U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Minnesota.
  • Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and son of a former Michigan Gov. George Romney.
  • Gary Johnson, former New Mexico governor.
  • Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.
  • Jon Huntsman, former U.S. ambassador to China.
  • Former vice presidential candidate and former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin has not yet said whether she will join the fray.

Here are five things you should know about McCotter:

1. Born: Livonia, Aug.  22, 1965.

2. Education: Detroit Catholic Central High School, Redford, 1983; B.A., University of Detroit, 1987; followed by a law degree from University of Detroit, 1990.

3. Employment: Private practice lawyer; Wayne County commissioner, 1992-1998; Michigan Senator, 1998-2002; U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 11th Congressional District, January, 2003 to present.

4. Family: Married to Rita McCotter, a registered nurse. The couple has three children, George, Timothy, and Emilia.

5. The Guitar: McCotter plays red-white-and-blue Stratocaster guitar, featured prominently on his official Twitter account. The congressman Twitter biography says he's "Financial Services Committee member; U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson's erstwhile guitar player; & ugly sweater maven."

Herb Helzer July 05, 2011 at 04:08 PM
"What else would you like to know about Rep. Thaddeus McCotter?" After reading the article, I'm going to go with ANYTHING that couldn't be found on McCotter's web site and/or Wikipedia entry!
micheal j September 23, 2011 at 12:17 AM
Mary Go back to Pa. Where is the economy now, Oh!, I know why you are in MIch because You ran out of unemployment benefits inPa
micheal j September 30, 2011 at 01:45 AM
Mary H what is the matter with you, many Democratic presidents put us in wasr, IE Johnson and Vietnam. Obama did not find Bin Linden the military did. If Obama is good for our country, I wonder what would have happen to this country if Obama was president during 9/11? Probably bow down to the terrorists
Ann Wisniewski September 30, 2011 at 03:35 PM
Michael J. FYI: Obama was commander-in-chief when two top terrorists were found and killed. Doesn't that mean anything? Your question: " What would have happen[ed] if Obama was president during 9/11?" Answer: U.S. would not have gone into Iraq costing lives, resources and time instead of more sensibly finding, disrupting and destroying the terrorists much sooner in the havens where they actually reside. Please don't try to fabricate history.
ecnalubma September 30, 2011 at 05:26 PM
michael j: Eisenhower got the U.S. involved in Vietnam, and don't forget his his foreign policy that was marked by the CIA led coups and assassinations. It was Eisenhower whose CIA deposed the leaders of Iran, Guatemala. Eisenhower also planned the Bay of Pigs Invasion to overthrow Fidel Castro in Cuba, which Kennedy was left to carry out. So please do a little research and get your facts right!

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