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Tagg Romney

Tagg Romney
Born Taggart Romney
(1970-03-21) March 21, 1970
Provo, Utah, U.S.
Alma mater Brigham Young University (B.A.)
Harvard Business School (M.B.A.)
Occupation Management Consultant
Venture Capitalist
Political party
Republican
Religion Mormon[1]
Spouse(s) Jennifer Romney
Children 6
Parents Mitt Romney
Ann Romney

Taggart "Tagg" Romney (born March 21, 1970) is an American management consultant, businessman, venture capitalist and political advisor. He is the oldest son of businessman and politician Mitt Romney.[2]

Early life and education

Taggart Romney is the oldest son of Ann and Mitt Romney, born when both were undergraduates at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.[2] He attended Belmont Hill School, a preparatory academy before he graduated magna cum laude with a BA in economics from Brigham Young University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.[2][3][4]

Career

He has worked as the head of marketing for the Los Angeles Dodgers,[2] VP of onfield marketing at Reebok, and director of strategic planning at Elan Pharmaceuticals. Romney founded and subsequently sold Season Perks,[3] a software design company. He also worked for several years as a consultant at both Monitor Group and McKinsey and Co.[3] Romney has been a partner in the private equity firm Solamere Capital, together with family friend, Spencer Zwick, and Eric Scheuermann, previously a partner in New York-based Jupiter Partners.[5][6] Zwick was also finance chair of the 2012 campaign.[7] Romney worked as a senior aide on his father's presidential campaign in 2008 and during his Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign in 2002.[8] He participated as an advisor in his father's 2012 presidential campaign and he attracted the attention of the media just prior to the November election.[9]

In June 2014, Solamere[10] sponsored the third annual "Romney Retreat" at the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Mia Love, among others, along with Mitt Romney, spoke or were in attendance[7] for the three-day event. Other scheduled attendees included business executives Meg Whitman and Harold Hamm.[10]

He was the subject of speculation in February 2013 that he would run for the United States Senate from Massachusetts in the 2014 election. He declined to do so, saying that "the timing is not right for me."[11][12]

2012 presidential election

After the second presidential debate, a North Carolina radio station interviewed Romney and asked him what it was like "to hear the president of the United States call your dad a liar."[13] Romney laughed and replied: "Jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the stage and take a swing at him. But you know you can't do that because, well, first because there's a lot of Secret Service between you and him, but also because that's the nature of the process. They're gonna try to do everything they can do to try to make my dad into someone he's not. We signed up for it, we've gotta try to kind of sit there and take our punches, and then send them right back the other way."[13][14][15] A campaign aide told ABC News that the remarks about taking a swing at the president were "all in jest".[16][17]

HIG Capital, an investment partner of Romney's company, Solamere, supplied voting machines in the state of Ohio, which caused concern prior to the November elections.[18] A spokesperson for Solamere later commented on the matter, saying, "Not only does Solamere have no direct or indirect interest in this company [Hart InterCivic], Solamere and its partners have no ownership in this company, nor do they have any ownership in nor have made any investments in the fund that invested in the voting machine company."[19]

Personal life

Romney and his wife Jennifer have six children,[20][21] three via surrogate mothers: Jonathan (born August 2010) and the twins David Mitt and William Ryder (born 2012).[22][23] The family resides in Belmont, Massachusetts.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Scheiber, Norm (2012-10-19). "Growing up Romney". The New Republic. 
  2. ^ a b c d  
  3. ^ a b c d Jones, Lloyd (28 September 2012). "For Tagg Romney, politics is a family affair". The Conway Daily Sun. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Scheiber, Noam (19 October 2012). "Growing Up Romney". The New Republic. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Slack, Donovan (10/07/2011). "Romney aide trades on political ties". The Boston Globe. 
  6. ^ Luo, Michael; Creswell, Julie (30 April 2012). "Ties to Romney '08 Helped Fuel an Equity Firm". The New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Confessore, Nicholas, "At Romney Retreat, Top Republicans Search for New Leadership and Focus", New York Times, June 14, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
  8. ^ Swick, Donovan (10/07/2011). "Romney aide trades on political ties". 
  9. ^ Horowitz, Jason (12 October 2012). "Tagg Romney is suddenly a center of attention in his father’s campaign". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Costa, Robert, "Inside the Romney retreat", Washington Post, April 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
  11. ^ "The Next Generation of Romneys Running for Office?". Patheos. February 4, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Tagg’s Not It". National Review Online. February 4, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Coppins, McKay (October 17, 2012). "Romney Son Wanted To "Take A Swing" At Obama During Debate". BuzzFeed Politics. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ Lee, Kristen. "Tagg Romney says he wanted to ‘take a swing’ at Obama during the debate". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ Eisenberg, Seth. "Mitt helps Tagg Romney empty his emotional jug". Fatherhood Channel. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  16. ^ Friedman, Emily (18 October 2012). "Tagg Romney Jests That he Wants to ‘Take a Swing’ at President". ABC News. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Reilly, Mollie (18 October 2012). "Tagg Romney Jokes About Taking A 'Swing' At Obama After Heated Debate". HuffingtonPost. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Ungar, Rick (20 October 2012). "Romney Family Investment Ties To Voting Machine Company That Could Decide The Election Causing Concern". Forbes.com. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Warren, Michael (12 October 2012). "'"Tagg Romney Is Not an 'Investor In a Voting Machine Company. Weekly Standard. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  20. ^ Katz, Celeste (9 October 2012). "Dedicated To Dad's Hopes, Tagg Romney Storms The Campaign Trail -- Again". New York Daily News. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  21. ^ Gutiérrez, Bertrand (18 October 2012). "Taagg Romney stumps for his dad at Wake Forest University". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Tagg Romney has children via surrogate mother". Center for Surrogate Parenting. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  23. ^ Walshe, Shushannah. "Meet Ann Romney's Five Sons". ABC News. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 

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