- Paul Ryan (politician)
name= Paul Ryan
January 3, 1999
date of birth= birth date and age|1970|01|29
place of birth= Janesville,
occupation= marketing consultant, political assistant
spouse= Janna Ryan
Paul D. Ryan, Jr. (born
January 29, 1970) is an American politician and Congressman from Wisconsin. He is a member of the Republican Party, and represents ushr|Wisconsin|1| ( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/wi01_109.gifmap] ) in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ryan, born and raised in
Janesville, Wisconsin, is a fifth-generation Wisconsin native currently serving his fifth term in Congress.
Ryan is a graduate of Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville and earned a degree in economics and political science from
Miami Universityin Ohio. He has worked in the private sector as an economic analyst and previously served as president of his own consulting firm.
He is the
Ranking Memberof the House Budget Committeeand a senior member on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over revenue matters including Social Security, health care and tax policy.
Ryan and his wife Janna live in Janesville, WI with their children, Liza, Charlie and Sam.
Ryan worked as an aide to U.S. Senator
Bob Kastenbeginning in 1992 and as legislative director for Sam Brownbackof Kansasfrom 1995 to 1997. He served as a speech writer to "drug czar" William Bennettand to Jack Kempduring his run for the vice presidency.
He was first elected to the House in 1998 after two-term incumbent
Mark Neumannmade an unsuccessful bid for the Senate. Ryan defeated 35-year-old beer distributor Brian Morello in the Republican primary and Democrat Lydia Spottswoodin the general election by a 57-42 margin. Ryan was likely aided by the landslide re-election victory of Governor Tommy Thompson.
He defeated perennial candidate Jeffrey C. Thomas in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006.
On February 17, 2008, Ryan was noted as a possible Vice Presidential candidate for presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Senator John McCain by journalist Robert Novak on NBC's Meet the Press.
In the general election on November 4, 2008, Ryan will face
Marge Krupp, who won the Democratic primary.
The congressman is the Ranking Member of the
U.S. House Committee on the Budgetand is a member of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee. Ryan also currently serves on the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Meansand its Subcommittee on Social Security.
*2008 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 1st District
**Paul Ryan (R) (inc.), 0%
**Marge Krupp (D), 0%
*2006 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 1st District
**Paul Ryan (R) (inc.), 160,033 votes, 63%
**Jeffrey Thomas (D), 95,303 votes, 37%
*2004 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 1st District
**Paul Ryan (R) (inc.), 65%
**Jeffrey Thomas (D), 33%
*2002 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 1st District
**Paul Ryan (R) (inc.), 67%
**Jeffrey Thomas (D), 31%
*2000 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 1st District
**Paul Ryan (R) (inc.), 67%
**Jeffrey Thomas (D), 33%
*1998 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — 1st District
**Paul Ryan (R), 57%
**Lydia Spottswood (D), 43%
* [http://www.house.gov/ryan/ Congressman Paul Ryan] official U.S. House website
* [http://www.ryanforcongress.com Paul Ryan for U.S. Congress] official campaign site
* [http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Paul_Ryan Profile] at
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
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