Friday, July 3, 2015

2016 Presidential Candidates

Bernie Sanders, former Governor of Vermont


Note: All of the following people are either declared candidates or else, they have formed a Presidential Exploratory Committee.

An exploratory committee is registered with the Federal Election Commission.  It allows a potential candidate to do fundraising and polling, but the income and expenses don't have to be reported to the F.E.C. until the person becomes a formally-declared candidate.  Exploratory Committees have limits on the amount of money that can be raised from one person or group, but the actual amount of money that is raised can be confidential to the candidate and his advisors.

When a person becomes an official candidate, their Exploratory Committee becomes a Campaign Committee with many reporting requirements.


Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana

Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey

Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin

John Kasich, Governor of Ohio

United States Senators

Ted Cruz, representing Texas

Rand Paul, representing Kentucky

Marco Rubio, representing Florida


Donald Trump, self-made multi-billionaire entrepreneur

Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard

Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania

Rick Perry, former Governor of Texas (and a 2012 candidate)

George Pataki, former Governor of New York

Michael "Mike" Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas

Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida




United States Senators



Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State

Jim Webb, former U.S. Senator from Virginia

Martin O'Malley, former Governor of Maryland

Note: Vice-President Joe Biden is ahead of many other Democrats in polls, but he is not a declared candidate.  He was born in 1942 and will turn 73 on November 20th.


Bernie Sanders, former Governor of Vermont