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Paul Ryan's Biography

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Full Name:

Paul D. Ryan




Wife: Janna; 3 Children: Elizabeth, Charles, Samuel

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Janesville, WI

Home City:

Janesville, WI


Roman Catholic

BA, Economics, Miami University, Ohio, 1992

BA, Political Science, Miami University, Ohio, 1992

Representative, United States House of Representative, District 1, 1998-2018

Speaker, United States House of Representatives, 2015-2018

Candidate, United States Vice President, 2012

Member, Community Solutions and Initiatives Coalition

Former Co-Chair, Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus

Chair, Joint Committee on Taxation, United States Congress, 2015-2017

Chair, Ways and Means Committee, United States House of Representatives, 2015

Analyst, Economic Policy

Former Speechwriter, Jack Kemp Vice Presidential Campaign

Former Speechwriter, Office of the Director of National Drug Control Policy

Former President, Ryan Incorporated

Marketing Consultant, Ryan Incorporated Central, 1997-1998

Legislative Director, United States Senator Sam Brownback, 1995-1997

Staff Assistant, Empower America, 1993-1995

Legislative Aide, United States Senator Robert Kasten of Wisconsin, 1992

Member, Ducks Unlimited, present

Member, Saint John Vianney’s Parish, present

Member, Janesville Bowmen, Incorporated

Board Member, Rock County Junior Achievement

Member, Saint Mary's Parish

Astrological Sign:


Father's Name:

Paul Sr.

Favorite Book:

Mere Christianity & The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis, Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand, The Road to Serfdom - F.A. Hayek, The Way the World Works - Jude Wanniski

Favorite Movie:

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly; Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Favorite Musician:

Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Metallica, Beethoven, Hank Williams, Jr, Rage Against the Machine

Favorite Quote:

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

- Theodore Roosevelt

Favorite TV Shows:

The Prisoner, Monty Python's Flying Circus

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Mountain Biking, Catfish Noodling, Bow Hunting, Fishing, Skiing, Reading, Mountain Climbing

Mother's Name:

Betty Ryan

Priority Issues:

Since I have entered Congress, I have been fighting to make Social Security & Medicare solvent & financially sound for future generations, while protecting current seniors' benefits. As a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over revenue matters, I have helped deliver significant tax relief to spur economic growth & create jobs. I also serve on the House Budget Committee & the Joint Economic Committee.'

Reason for Seeking Public Office:

I wanted to address the many important issues affecting Wisconsin residents and to serve as an affective advocate for the First Congressional District.''