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Mitt Romney greets supporters at the Columbus Day parade in Worcester, Mass. As a Republican U.S. senatorial candidate, he challenged liberal icon Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. (Oct. 10, 1994)

Timeline: Mitt Romney's political career

A look back through Mitt Romney's political career from early Senate races to governor and now Republican presidential candidate.

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to supporters before conceding the race during his election night rally in Boston. (Nov. 7, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives on stage
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives on stage on election night in Boston, Massachusetts, moments before conceding defeat to U.S. President Barack Obama in the 2012 US presidential election. (Nov. 7, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston. (Nov. 7, 2012)

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann wave after Romney conceded defeat to President Barack Obama on November 7, 2012 in Boston. (Nov. 7, 2012)

Mitt Romney greets supporters at the Columbus Day
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Mitt Romney greets supporters at the Columbus Day parade in Worcester, Mass. As a Republican U.S. senatorial candidate, he challenged liberal icon Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. (Oct. 10, 1994)

Mitt Romney, right, after announcing his candidacy for
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Mitt Romney, right, after announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Edward Kennedy in Boston. Romney is joined by his mother Lenore, left, his father George Romney, former governor of Michigan and one-time presidential candidate, and wife Ann. (Feb. 2, 1994)

Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, left, and Lt. Gov.
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Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, left, and Lt. Gov. Paul Cellucci campaign with U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney at North Station in Boston. (Nov. 7, 1994)

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), left, and Republican
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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), left, and Republican challenger Mitt Romney take part in a televised debate at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Mass. (Oct. 27, 1994)

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Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, campaign during
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Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, campaign during the Massachusetts gubernatorial election. (March 17, 2002)

Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial hopeful Mitt Romney announces at
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Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial hopeful Mitt Romney announces at his campaign headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., that Kerry Murphy Healey will be his running mate for lieutenant governor. Healey was a former Republican state chairwoman. (April 3, 2002)

Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney testifies before
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Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney testifies before the state Ballot Law Commission in Boston where he defended his qualifications to run for governor, fending off a challenge by Democrats of his residency status. (June 17, 2002)

President George W. Bush lends his support to
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President George W. Bush lends his support to Massachusetts GOP gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney, left center, in Boston. (Oct. 4, 2002)

Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney waves to
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Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney waves to supporters in Boston after making his victory speech. (Nov. 5, 2002)

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Massachusetts Governor-elect Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann,
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Massachusetts Governor-elect Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, attend a Kennedy Center Honors reception at the White House hosted by President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush in Washington. (Dec. 8, 2002)

Mitt Romney, left, takes the oath of office
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Mitt Romney, left, takes the oath of office as governor of Massachusetts as Lt. Gov.-elect Kerry Healey, right, looks on at the Statehouse in Boston. (Jan. 2, 2003)

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney signs into law the
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Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney signs into law the "Ally Zapp" bill at the Statehouse in Boston, with Zapp's mother Andrea Casanova, left, and Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey. The bill, named after Alexandra Zapp, who was murdered by a convicted sex offender in July 2002, gives district attorneys the ability to civilly commit incarcerated persons who were previously convicted of a sex offense, regardless of the purpose of their current incarceration. (April 7, 2004)

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks about his health
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Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks about his health care reform bill during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston. (April 6, 2005)

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, shakes hands with
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Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, shakes hands with Mass. Health and Human Services Secretary Timothy Murphy after signing into law a landmark bill designed to guarantee that virtually all Massachusetts residents have health insurance at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Mass. (April 12, 2006)

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Former one-term Republican governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney
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Former one-term Republican governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney announces his candidacy for president at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. (Feb. 13, 2007)

Republican Mitt Romney, right, and his wife Ann
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Republican Mitt Romney, right, and his wife Ann leave the stage after he announced his candidacy for president at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. (Feb. 13, 2007)

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney talks to primary
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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney talks to primary voters during a campaign stop at the Opera House in Derry, N.H. The state holds the nation's first primary elections. (April 3, 2007)

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at a GOP
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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at a GOP debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Jan. 10, 2008)

Republican presidential hopefuls, from left, former Tennessee Sen.
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Republican presidential hopefuls, from left, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Arizona Sen. John McCain , former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, pose prior to a Republican debate on FOX News Channel in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Jan. 10, 2008)

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Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney greet his supporters at a primary election night rally in Southfield, Mich. (Jan. 15, 2008)

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney after making a
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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney after making a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington to announce that he's dropping out of the race. (Feb. 7, 2008)

Mitt Romney, right, announces his endorsement of Sen.
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Mitt Romney, right, announces his endorsement of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). (Feb. 14, 2008)

Mitt Romney speaks during the Republican National Convention
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Mitt Romney speaks during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. (Sept. 3, 2008)

Mitt Romney signs copies of his book,
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Mitt Romney signs copies of his book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness," in Des Moines, Iowa. (March 29, 2010)

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Republican Mitt Romney, accompanied by his wife Ann,
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Republican Mitt Romney, accompanied by his wife Ann, announces his 2012 candidacy for president in Stratham, N.H. (June 2, 2011)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, center, with former
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, center, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), at the first New Hampshire Republican presidential debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (June 13, 2011)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney works with volunteers
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney works with volunteers making calls while visiting his Romney for President New Hampshire Headquarters in Manchester, N.H. (Oct. 22, 2011)

Mitt Romney walks with his wife, Ann, during
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Mitt Romney walks with his wife, Ann, during a Tea Party rally in Concord, N.H. (Sept. 4, 2011)

Republican presidential candidates Rep. Michele Bachmann, (R-Minn.), greets
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Republican presidential candidates Rep. Michele Bachmann, (R-Minn.), greets former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during a Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2011)

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, work on their iPads as son Craig Romney is seen at left, and aide Garrett Jackson is seen rear center on their campaign bus as it travels to Hialeah, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks as his
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks as his wife, Ann, and their sons, from left, Josh, Matt, Craig and Tagg, look on at the Hotel Fort Des Moines on the night of the Iowa caucuses. (Jan. 3, 2012)

Mitt Romney talks with Jay Leno during his
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Mitt Romney talks with Jay Leno during his appearance on "The Tonight Show" in Burbank, Calif. Romney joked that he'd pick Leno rival David Letterman as his vice president, talked at length about health policy and said he'd be happy to have a rival of his own, Rick Santorum, serve in a Romney administration. (March 27, 2012)

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt
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Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, addresses an audience during a victory rally after Romney won the Illinois Republican presidential primary. (March 20, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks about the
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks about the Supreme Court's health care ruling. (June 28, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney,
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, accompanied by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., right, participates in the Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, N.H. (July 4, 2012)

With Lake Winnipesaukee in the background, Republican presidential
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With Lake Winnipesaukee in the background, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, accompanied by his wife, Ann, addresses a crowd after participating in the Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, N.H. (July 4, 2012)

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