Graduate education: Creighton University
Paul Gosar was born in Rock Springs, Wyo., and currently lives in Prescott, Ariz. He earned a dentistry degree from Creighton University's Boyne School of Dentistry.
He owned a dentistry practice for 25 years in Flagstaff and has been active in various dental groups and charities.
Gosar was elected to represent Arizona's 1st Congressional District in 2010 but switched to the neighboring 4th District for the 2012 election.
Gosar and his wife, Maude, have three children.
Paul Gosar is seeking re-election to Congress and has touted himself as a conservative who isn't afraid of compromise.
Redistricting made Gosar's 1st District more competitive, so he moved west into the neighboring 4th District. He fended off a tough challenge for the Republican nomination in the 2012 Arizona primary, beating state Sen. Ron Gould.
Gould criticized Gosar for being the only member of Arizona's House delegation to vote to raise the federal debt ceiling. Gosar defended the vote, saying it was necessary to rein in federal spending and maintain payments for Social Security, health care and other things.
During his first term in Congress, Gosar pushed for fiscal conservatism and less regulation by the federal government. He hammered President Barack Obama's administration on the gun-running investigation known as Fast and Furious, saying it has been a failure, and sponsored a resolution of no confidence in Attorney General Eric Holder.
Gosar also has been a highly outspoken critic of the Department of Interior's decision to temporarily ban the filing of new mining claims near the Grand Canyon and of a proposal for pollution controls at a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation. Gosar said requiring further, more expensive controls at Navajo Generating Station would force the plant's closure and devastate the tribal communities that rely on the jobs and revenue from coal that feeds the plant.
Gosar has pushed for a federal land swap for a copper mine near Superior, in one of his efforts to bring jobs to rural Arizona.
Gosar, a dentist by trade, also wants to reduce bureaucracy so that small businesses can grow, and he wants to lower taxes. He is anti-abortion and believes life starts at conception. He opposed the 2010 health care reform bill and wants it repealed.
On the cap-and-trade bill, he said he didn't agree with the way the legislation was passed. He supports a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period between when a law is introduced and when it can be voted upon.
Gosar is against amnesty for illegal immigrants, wants to secure the border and supports Arizona's law cracking down on illegal immigrants. His supporters have included former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Gosar wants the 14th Amendment changed to stop children of illegal immigrants from automatically becoming citizens.
American Conservative Union Rating: 84
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 0
Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 50% (2010).
(Last updated by Felicia Fonseca on September 4, 2012.)