Birthdate: Aug. 12, 1967
Birth Place: Ft. Myers, FL, United States
Residence: Ft. Myers, FL
Connie Mack was born in Fort Myers, Fla., where he now resides. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida.
Mack was elected to the Florida House in 2000, serving until October 2003, when he resigned to run for Congress.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 2004 to the seat his father once held.
Mack is the fourth member of his family to share the name Cornelius McGillicuddy; each has shortened it to Connie Mack.
Mack is married to U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack. He has two children from a previous marriage.
Connie Mack decided to run for the U.S. Senate in 2012 rather than seek re-election to the U.S. House. He is challenging Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, whom he has criticized as a "lockstep liberal," supporting President Barack Obama's policies.
Nelson has run campaign ads attacking Mack's character. One ad begins with a narrator saying, "Florida, meet Connie Mack the Fourth. A promoter for Hooters, with a history of bar room brawling, altercations and road rage. A big spender with a trail of debts, liens and unpaid bills. He has one of the worst attendance records in Congress this year, but voted to end Medicare as we know it."
Mack has made his "Penny Plan" a centerpiece of his 2012 campaign. It proposes that federal spending be cut one percent each year for six years and then capped.
Mack has continuously crusaded in Congress against Venezuela President Hugo Chavez. He is among the members of Congress who have urged the State Department to add Venezuela to its list of terror sponsors. He asked that Venezuelans in the United States illegally be granted temporary legal status for what he contends is an increase in political persecution under Chavez.
Mack has condemned Chavez for continuing to shut down a free press in the country, and the House approved a Mack amendment to a bill authorizing State Department funding for television and radio broadcasts into Venezuela to make sure its citizens get "accurate news." Chavez says he will jam the broadcasts and Venezuelan lawmakers condemned them.
Mack introduced a resolution in May 2009 offering support to Venezuela's Jewish community.
Mack initially expressed support for President George W. Bush's proposal to let workers invest their Social Security taxes in private accounts. He later tempered his enthusiasm, saying he and his constituents, including about 180,000 people in his district who receive benefits from the program, needed to hear more debate on the issue before deciding what to do.
Mack was among 27 Republicans who bucked party leaders and President Bush in voting against the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
Mack supported former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's bid for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, but later backed Sen. John McCain. He endorsed Romney's 2012 campaign early on and campaigned with him.
Less than a year after joining the U.S. House, Mack filed for divorce from his wife, Ann, and began dating Rep. Mary Bono, widow of the late pop star and congressman Sonny Bono. Mack and Mary Bono married in 2007.
In July 2010, he and Rep. Eliot Engel commissioned a congressional report that concluded the U.S. State Department has no effective way to measure the success of its billion-dollar program to help Mexico and Central America fight drug traffickers.
Mack has been a vocal opponent of Arizona's 2010 immigration law because he says it infringes on the freedoms of some Americans.
"The most obnoxious part of the law _ the provision requiring local officials to make judgments based on a 'reasonable suspicion' of one's citizenship status _ was simply wrong and un-American. I strongly agree with the Judge's position that some Americans' liberties would be restricted while others would have little or no chance of being affected," Mack said in a statement.
At an August 2010 event in Naples, Mack talked about less government, less spending and fewer taxes.
"I would like to see the federal government move in a way that enlarges the entrepreneurial spirit by actually doing something that helps the small business people create jobs. They're the ones who create jobs. Not the federal government," Mack said.
Source: Associated Press