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16 Things to Know About….Carly Fiorina

UPDATED April 27, 2016: 
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz announced Wednesday that he has selected his one-time rival Carly Fiorina as his pick for a vice presidential running mate if the Texas senator becomes the Republican nominee at a contested convention in July.  Here are 16 things to know about the candidate-turned-running mate: 

1. Fiorina has never held elected public office.

2. She ran for the U.S. Senate in California against incumbent Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010 but lost by ten points.  She owed nearly $500,000 dollars in campaign debts from her Senate run -- debts that were not fully paid until January 2015, months before she declared her presidential campaign.

3. During the Republican Senate primary, Fiorina’s campaign released a web video -- the viral "demon sheep" ad -- attacking her primary opponent Tom Campbell for backing higher taxes in California.  The voiceover likened Campbell to a "wolf in sheep's clothing."

4. At Stanford University she studied philosophy and medieval history.  She went on to receive an MBA from the University of Maryland and a MS degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

5. She attended UCLA Law School but did not finish, upsetting her father, a former deputy Attorney General and federal judge.

6. Fiorina began her career as a secretary at HP.  She was later the first woman to head a Fortune 50 company when she became CEO of Hewlett-Packard in 1999. During her tenure as CEO at HP, she topped Fortune Magazine's 50 most powerful women six years in a row.  She regularly touts her rise "from secretary to CEO" on the campaign trail.

7. She was forced out as CEO of HP in 2005 when the board decided she had not done enough to stop HP’s falling stock price -- which dropped 50% during her tenure.  Her ouster followed a contentious merger with Compaq.  She’s come under fire on the campaign trail for the 30,000 employees laid off during her tenure as CEO.  Fiorina received $21.4 million severance package when she left HP.

8. At the time of her 2010 Senate race, financial disclosures showed Fiorina was worth between $30 million and $120 million.

9. She worked as an economic adviser to John McCain during his 2008 presidential campaign.

10. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 at the age of 54.  During her Senate run a year later, Fiorina would say, "After chemotherapy, Barbara Boxer is not very scary."

11. At 35, she became the first female officer at AT&T, and just five years later was the head of North American sales.

12. After her first marriage ended in divorce, she married her fellow AT&T executive Frank Fiorina in 1985.

13. Fiorina’s stepdaughter Lori Ann died in 2009 at age 35 after battling alcohol and prescription drug abuse.  "My husband Frank and I buried a child to drug addiction," Fiorina said in a Republican debate. "We must invest more in the treatment of drugs."

14. Her birth name Cara Carleton Sneed comes from a family tradition of naming at least one child Carleton in honor of male relatives sharing the name who died in the Civil War. A male child will be named Carleton and a female will be named Cara Carleton.

15. She published her New York Times best-selling memoir "Tough Choices" in 2006, and followed it up with a second book "Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey" in 2015.

16. Fiorina founded the Unlocking Potential Project, a political action committee to engage Republican women in politics and close the gender gap for the GOP.