Dr. Rand Paul has been married for 23 years to the former Kelley Ashby, who is originally from Russellville, Kentucky. Rand and Kelley have three sons: William, 21; Duncan, 18; and Robert, 15.
Dr. Paul and his family live in Bowling Green, where Rand has practiced medicine and performed eye surgery for 17 years. Dr. Paul continues to perform surgery on a charitable basis since his election to the US Senate.
Dr. Paul is the third of five children born to Carol and Ron Paul. He attended Baylor University and graduated from Duke Medical School in 1988. Dr. Paul completed a general surgery internship at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta and completed his residency in ophthalmology at Duke University Medical Center. Upon completion of his training in 1993, Rand and Kelley moved to Bowling Green to start their family and begin his ophthalmology practice.
In 1995, Rand founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, an organization that provides eye exams and surgery to needy families and individuals. Rand is a former president and 19 year member of Lions Clubs International, which is dedicated to preserving sight by providing eyeglasses and surgery to the less fortunate around the world. In recognition of his outstanding and sustained efforts to provide vision care to Kentuckians in need, Lions Clubs International has awarded Rand many of its highest commendations, including:
- Melvin Jones Fellow Award for Dedicated Humanitarian Services, Lions Club International Foundation
- Lion of the Year Award, Bowling Green Lions
- President’s Award, Bowling Green Lions
- Fines E. Davis Fellow Award for Dedicated Humanitarian Service, Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation
- Governors Appreciation Award for Sight Conservation, Lions Club International
In addition to his work with the Lions Clubs, Dr. Paul has provided free eye surgery to children from around the world through his participation in the Children of the Americas Program.
A large part of Rand’s daily work is dedicated to preserving the vision of our seniors. In 2002, The Twilight Wish Foundation recognized Rand for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Seniors.
Since his election to the US Senate, Dr. Paul has gained a national reputation for introducing a Budget that balances in 5 years, for opposing detention of American citizens without trial, and for his defense of property rights.
Rand is a devoted husband and father. He regularly volunteers to coach teams for each of his three sons in Little League baseball, soccer, and basketball. Rand and Kelley are both devout Christians and are active in their local church. Rand Paul is a hard-working, dedicated physician, not a career politician. His entrance into politics is indicative of his life’s work: a desire to diagnose problems and provide practical solutions.