Rick Santorum

by ethnic on April 5, 2012

Birth Name: Richard John Santorum

Place of Birth: Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 10, 1958

Ethnicity:
*75% Italian
*25% Irish

Rick Santorum is an American politician. A Republican, he was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, from January 3, 1991 to January 3, 1995, a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, from January 3, 1995 to January 3, 2007, and Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, from January 3, 2001 to January 3, 2007.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2012 and 2016.

Rick’s father, Aldo Santorum, was an Italian immigrant, from Riva del Garda, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. Rick’s mother, Catherine (Dughi), was born in Pennsylvania, of half Italian and half Irish ancestry.

Rick is the third person of significant Italian heritage to win a caucus, primary, and/or nominating ballot for a major American party’s Presidential nomination (he won 11 contests in 2012). The other winners of significant Italian heritage are:
*Al Smith (who was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1928, and was also a candidate for the 1920, 1924, and 1932 Democratic nominations for President; Smith’s paternal grandfather was Italian)
*Michael DiSalle (1960; Democratic; won 1 state, Ohio)
*Ted Cruz (2016; Republican, won 11 contests; Cruz’s maternal great-grandfather was Italian)

Other people of significant Italian heritage who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States are:
*John A. Volpe (who sought the 1968 Republican nomination)
*James Traficant (who sought the 1988 Democratic nomination; Traficant’s father was of Italian descent)
*Rudy Giuliani (who sought the 2008 Republican nomination)
*Tom Tancredo (who sought the 2008 Republican nomination)
*Chris Christie (who sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Christie’s mother was of Italian descent)
*George Pataki (who sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Pataki’s maternal grandfather was Italian)

Geraldine Ferraro, who was of Italian descent, was the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1984.

Rick’s paternal grandfather was Pietro Giuseppe Antonio “Toni” Santorum (the son of Giuseppe Virginio Santorum and Luigia Giovanna Torboli). Pietro was born in Riva del Garda, Province of Trento, Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy.

Rick’s paternal grandmother was Maria Teresa Dominica Rigatti (the daughter of Giovanni Giuseppe Rigatti and Virginia Cattarina Zampiccoli). Giovanni was born in Riva del Garda. Virginia was born in Arco, which is also in Province of Trento, Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy.

Rick’s maternal grandfather was Adam John Dughi (the son of Domenico/Dominic Dughi and Maria Luisa Lusardi). Adam was born in either Italy, or in New Jersey, to Italian parents from Montarsiccio, Province of Parma, Emilia Romagna, Italy. Dominic was the son of Lazzaro/Lazarus Dughi and Alma Maria Dughi. Maria Lusardi was the daughter of Daniel Lusardi and Clementine Ferrari.

Rick’s maternal grandmother was Mayme/Mary R. Keane (the daughter of Roger J. Keane and Katherine/Kate Gilder/Gilday). Mayme was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Roger was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents. Katherine was also born in Pennsylvania, also to Irish parents.

Sources: Information about Rick’s Italian ancestry – http://www.gazzettadiparma.it
http://www.esvaso.it

Genealogy of Rick Santorum – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Rick Santorum (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Rick’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Rick’s maternal grandmother, Mayme/Mary R. Keane, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

photo by Gage Skidmore

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andrew July 16, 2017 at 4:57 am

* Pietro Giuseppe Antonio “Toni” Santorum (the son of Giuseppe Virginio Santorum and Luigia Giovanna Torboli) and Maria Teresa Dominica Rigatti (the daughter of Giovanni Giuseppe Rigatti e Virginia Cattarina Zampiccoli). Pietro Santorum was born in Riva del Garda. Giovanni Rigatti was also born in Riva del Garda. Virginia Zampiccoli was born in Arco. Both locations in Province of Trento, Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy.

bearboy July 16, 2017 at 5:04 am

Yes Italy is a beautiful country that bearboy has to visit one day. Italians seem to intermingle the most with the Irish and I have a lot of friends that are half Irish half Italian. (usually Irish mothers and Italian fathers)

andrew July 16, 2017 at 5:37 am

If you’re interested, this is the place where Rick’s maternal grandfather’s family came from. There’s still Rick’s great-great-grandfather’s home (D.L. 1903 is for “Dughi Lazzaro, 1903), in an hamlet named “Ca’ di Boso”.

andrew July 16, 2017 at 5:37 am

If you’re interested, this is the place where Rick’s maternal grandfather’s family came from. There’s still Rick’s great-great-grandfather’s home (D.L. 1903 is for “Dughi Lazzaro, 1903”), in an hamlet named “Ca’ di Boso”.

http://www.esvaso.it/fotoalbum/575/santorum-da-c-di-boso-alla-casa-bianca/

bearboy July 16, 2017 at 5:52 am

Thanks Andrew I appreciate the information.

bearboy July 16, 2017 at 12:43 am

I think he is by far the most conservative presidential candidate that ran in 2012 and/or 2016. If I was to stare at him randomly on the streets for the first time I would ask, “Are you of Italian descent?” I believe he would either respond by saying 75% Italian or look creeped out and call security.

phaedra April 24, 2016 at 11:45 pm

Italians are generally hot, and yet even their politicians just cannot be attractive? Yikes….is there a hot male politician out there (besides Obama)?

bearboy July 16, 2017 at 12:52 am

Please be realistic. name one male celebrity on this website and it doesn’t have to be a politician that is more attractive than Scott Kevin Walker.

andrew October 8, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Adamo Dughi was born to Domenico Dughi (the son of Lazzaro Dughi) and Maria Luisa Lusardi, both from Montarsiccio, Province of Parma, Emilia Romagna, Italy.

http://www.gazzettadiparma.it/news/provincia/65498/Il-nonno-di-Santorum-era-un.html

bearboy October 8, 2015 at 6:40 pm

@Andrew, who were you calling a troll on the Nixon page?

andrew October 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm

neiltennant

bearboy October 8, 2015 at 7:11 pm

oh okay I was a little confused

andrew October 8, 2015 at 7:48 pm

don’t worry

neiltennant July 31, 2015 at 6:24 am

italians are white and european

no doubt but they are darker than average europeans and they look special

but i think the italian background is strong

look at CHRIS CHRISTY or RICK SANTORIUM both half anglo and half italian

but they both look more italian

MEGYN KELLY has the same combination

but she looks more anglo

because her mother is a pale and blue eyed italian mama :-)

follers July 31, 2015 at 11:53 am

Megyn Kelly is 1/4 Italian. Christie is 1/2 and Santorum is 3/4.

cwm85 July 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm

Creepy guy…

neiltennant July 9, 2015 at 12:56 pm

disgusting republican

follers July 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Learn to love him.

Check7t July 9, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Follers do you have an email where I can contact you personally?

bearboy July 10, 2015 at 2:12 pm

He’s okay but America really needs to stop having two parties that have control over everything.

follers December 11, 2014 at 3:29 pm

A hoax article about Rick’s ancestry:
http://madwriter.dreamwidth.org/37832.html

(For one thing, there’s no such person as “John Grail”, president of the Pennsylvania Genealogical and Historical Society in Philadelphia; for another, Rick’s mother’s line is entirely immigrant).

ha April 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I’m so glad he dropped out.

Lady Avarice April 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm

He looks what he is.

DA X mann April 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm

fucking racist

LOL April 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

define racist

DA X mann April 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

a racist is racist dumb ass

LOL April 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

he’s so ugly, inside and out.

johnjmsbnd079@gmail.com April 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

You sure you’re not looking in a mirror?

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