Paul Ryan


Paul Davis Ryan is the United States Representative for and current chairman of the House Budget Committee. He was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election. He was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, and is a graduate of Miami University in Ohio. He worked as an aide to legislators Bob Kasten, Sam Brownback, and Jack Kemp, and as a speechwriter before winning election to the U.S. House in 1998.… Read More

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1970 Birth Born on January 29, 1970.


1992 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Betty Ryan reportedly urged her son to accept a congressional position as a legislative aide in Senator Kasten's office, which he did after graduating in 1992. … Read More
1995 - 1996 2 More Events
1997 27 Years Old In 1997 he returned to Wisconsin, where he worked for a year as a marketing consultant for the construction company Ryan Incorporated Central, owned by his relatives.
1998 28 Years Old Ryan was first elected to the House in 1998, winning the 1st District seat of Republican Mark Neumann, a two-term incumbent who had vacated his seat to make an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate. … Read More


He defeated Democratic challenger Jeffrey C. Thomas in the 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006 elections.
2005 35 Years Old At a 2005 Washington, D.C. gathering celebrating the 100th anniversary of Ayn Rand's birth, Ryan credited Rand as inspiring him to get involved in public service. … Read More
2008 38 Years Old In the 2008 election, Ryan defeated Democrat Marge Krupp.


2010 40 Years Old In the 2010 general election, he defeated Democrat John Heckenlively and Libertarian Joseph Kexel.
…  He was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States, running alongside former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts in the 2012 election. … Read More
2015 45 Years Old On October 29, 2015, Ryan was elected to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives following Boehner's retirement, and named lobbyist John David Hoppe as his Chief of Staff. … Read More
After Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee in the 2016 presidential election on May 4, 2016, Ryan was hesitant to endorse him, stating on May 5 that he was "not ready". … Read More
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