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Biographical information for US Sen. Rob Portman

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The Associated Press | March 15, 2013 10:48 AM EST | AP


Biographical information on Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who is now supporting gay marriage and says his reversal on the issue began when he learned one of his sons is gay:

NAME: Robert Jones "Rob" Portman.

AGE: 57. Born in Cincinnati, Dec. 19, 1955.

EDUCATION: B.A., Dartmouth College, 1979; J.D., University of Michigan School of Law, 1984.

EXPERIENCE: U.S. Senate, 2011-present; director, White House Office of Management and Budget, 2006-07; U.S. trade representative under President George W. Bush, 2005; U.S. House, 1993-2005; deputy assistant and director, Office of Legislative Affairs, White House, 1989-91; associate counsel to President George H.W. Bush, 1989.

FAMILY: Wife, Jane; three children; Jed, 22, Will, 21 and Sally, 18.

RELIGION: Methodist (changed from Presbyterian after marriage).

HOBBIES: Kayaking, biking, hunting.

QUOTE: "I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn't deny them the opportunity to get married," Portman wrote in an op-ed published Friday in The Columbus Dispatch.