Paul Ryan
American politician
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.
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Ohio and Wisconsin Lawmakers Want to Send a Message to Washington
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Ohio House leaders are teaming up with their counterparts in Wisconsin to find solutions to issues they have in common. They want to send those ideas to federal lawmakers. Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Wisconsin Speaker Robin Vos say they’ll send a joint letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan about issues the federal government might be turning back to states, such as Medicaid. Vos notes governors have been active in speaking out. “But I also want to make sure, as a Speaker, that the voices of state legislators who, I think, in many ways are closer to their districts and closer to some of the issues than a governor might be, are at the table and have that same opportunity," Vos said. Rosenberger says lawmakers from Ohio and Wisconsin are also sharing ideas – for instance, on how to deal with aging and long-term care issues and with their states’ drug and opioid problems.
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Paul Ryan Tours Texas Border Area Where Trump Wants a Wall
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The House speaker, who helps control the purse strings on Capitol Hill, has said he supports the same immigration policies as the White House.
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One thing Paul Ryan's health care plan has in common with Obamacare
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House Speaker Paul Ryan says he has a solution for making health insurance more affordable: refundable tax credits.
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The Impeachment Of Hillary Clinton
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Satire. February 20 – House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) announced today that the impeachment proceeding against President Hillary Clinton would proceed directly to a vote of the full House. “We know everything we need to know,” said Goodlatte. “This woman belongs in prison, or worse, for the high crime of treason.” House Speaker Paul Ryan added, “We knew Hillary Clinton was incompetent and we knew she was corrupt. But trading favors with Vladimir Putin to throw the election, and to enrich the Clinton business interests, is a new low, even for the Clintons.”  “I don’t want to pre-judge this, since the Senate still needs to vote to convict,” added Senate leader Mitch McConnell, “but her behavior makes Benedict Arnold look like a patriot.”  “We now know,” said Goodlatte, citing the bill of impeachment, that the Clinton campaign did the following: “Several senior aides in the campaign were in regular contact with Russian intelligence. They signaled the Russian ...
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In Campaign-Style Rally, Trump Promises New Immigration Action, Obamacare Replacement
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This Is What Obamacare's Critics Won't Admit Or Simply Don't Understand
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Paul Ryan on what can be done in Trump's first 200 days
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House speaker on 'Hannity'
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Samantha Bee Takes Aim At Donald Trump's 'Faithful Husky' Paul Ryan
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Samantha Bee dissected House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) journey from the so-called “leading intellectual of the Republican Party” to President Donald Trump’s “faithful husky” on Wednesday. “How did a principled social and fiscal conservative like Ryan wind up in bed with a bigoted, adulterous grope machine who wants to blow $25 billion on a coyote urinal?” asked the host of “Full Frontal.” Bee then slammed Ryan for “feebly condemning every racist thing Trump did or said” before the 2016 presidential election “while refusing to condemn Trump himself.” Check out the full segment above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58a4002fe4b0ab2d2b1a7e41,58a454e7e4b03df370dc0486,58a4091ee4b03df370dbb5ca,58a2b005e4b0ab2d2b187d93 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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WATCH: Paul Ryan: President 'made the right decision' to ask for Flynn's resignation
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"I think it's really important that as soon as they realized that they were being misled by his national security adviser, they asked for his resignation," House Speaker Paul Ryan said.
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I Know How You Feel About Trump
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Remember when we couldn’t wait to say good riddance to 2016? We’d had it with that abusive spouse of an election year. We were sick of the emotional rollercoaster. We needed an armistice, a breather. We were desperate to rise from the political sewer to the shining city on the hill. Fat chance. This 2017 thing is even worse. I know how you feel: beat up, battened down, fetal, furious. But just remember, there’s nothing wrong with you. It’s not you – it’s him. Of course you’re depressed. You know that the news is toxic to your spirit, and you admit you’re addicted to it, but really, with all these nonstop horribles, who wouldn’t be obsessed by political disaster porn? Even though the news leaves you feeling not informed and empowered, but helpless and fearful; even if your neocortex knows that Trump’s game is to hijack your attention, and the media’s game is to monetize it; still, your reptilian brain won’t permit you to peel your eyes from the screen, won’t let you stop refresh ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Ryan
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Trump, after becoming the Republican Presidential Nominee, "signaled support for Mr. Ryan's little-known primary opponent, Paul Nehlen" on August 1, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Nehlan has characterized Ryan's congressional service as filled with "cronyism and corruption." Trump endorsed Ryan on August 5.
    On the August 9, 2016 primary election, Ryan overwhelmingly defeated Nehlen, taking over 84% of the vote.
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    On August 5, 2016, Trump endorsed Ryan's re-election after pressure from fellow Republican leaders.
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    In the 2016 Republican primary election, Ryan faced businessman Paul Nehlen, who had been endorsed by Sarah Palin.
    More Details Hide Details Because of Nehlen's support for Trump, Trump publicly thanked him on Twitter and later told The Washington Post that Nehlen was "running a very good campaign", even though he did not endorse him.
    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".
    More Details Hide Details Ryan and Trump met in private on May 12, releasing a joint statement afterward, acknowledging their differences but furthering "we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground." On June 2, Ryan announced his support for Trump in an op-ed in the Janesville Gazette. The following day, June 3, amid Trump's criticism of Gonzalo P. Curiel, Ryan said Trump's critique "just was out of left field for my mind," and voiced disagreement with him. On June 7, Paul Ryan disavowed Trump's comments about Gonzalo P. Curiel because he believed that his statement was "the textbook definition of a racist comment." Regardless, Ryan believed that more Republican policies will be enacted under Donald Trump than presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. On July 5, after FBI Director James Comey advocated against pressing charges against Clinton for her email scandal, Ryan said Comey's decision "defies explanation" and furthered, "Declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting national security information will set a terrible precedent."
  • 2015
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan is the first person from Wisconsin to hold this position. Paul Davis Ryan was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, the youngest of four children of Elizabeth A. "Betty" (née Hutter) and Paul Murray Ryan, a lawyer. A fifth-generation Wisconsinite, his father was of Irish ancestry and his mother is of German and English ancestry. One of Ryan's paternal ancestors settled in Wisconsin prior to the Civil War. His great-grandfather, Patrick William Ryan (1858–1917), founded an earthmoving company in 1884, which later became P. W. Ryan and Sons and is now known as Ryan Incorporated Central. Ryan's grandfather, Stanley M. Ryan (1898–1957), was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. Ryan attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Janesville, where he played on the seventh-grade basketball team. He attended Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville, where he was elected president of his junior class, and thus became prom king. As class president Ryan was a representative of the student body on the school board. Following his second year, Ryan took a job working the grill at McDonald's. He was on his high school's ski, track and varsity soccer teams and played basketball in a Catholic recreational league. He also participated in several academic and social clubs including the Model United Nations. Ryan and his family often went on hiking and skiing trips to the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
  • 2012
    Romney and Ryan lost the 2012 presidential election, but Ryan retained his seat in the House of Representatives.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan attended the second inauguration of Barack Obama out of what he said was "obligation", where he was booed by a group led by a lawyer with the Voting Section of the Department of Justice. On October 8, a push by congressional Republicans to recruit Ryan to run to succeed John Boehner as Speaker of the House was initiated. Boehner had recently announced his resignation and stated his support for Kevin McCarthy to be his replacement, which received wide support among Republicans, including Ryan, who was set to officially nominate him. McCarthy withdrew his name from consideration on October 8 when it was apparent that the Freedom Caucus, a caucus of staunchly conservative House Republicans, would not support him. This led many Republicans to turn to Ryan as a compromise candidate. The push included a plea from Boehner, who reportedly told Ryan that he was the only person who could unite the House GOP at a time of turmoil. Ryan released a statement that said, "While I am grateful for the encouragement I've received, I will not be a candidate." But on October 9, close aides of Ryan confirmed that Ryan had reconsidered, and was considering the possibility of a run. Ryan confirmed on October 22 that he would seek the speakership after receiving the endorsements of two factions of House Republicans, including the conservative Freedom Caucus. Ryan upon confirming his bid for speakership stated, "I never thought I'd be speaker.
    On October 11, 2012, Ryan debated his Democratic counterpart, incumbent Vice President Joe Biden, in the only vice presidential debate of the 2012 election cycle.
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    Ryan formally accepted his nomination at the 2012 Republican National Convention on August 29, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details In his acceptance speech, he promoted Mitt Romney as the presidential candidate, supported repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), said that he and Romney had a plan to generate 12 million new jobs over the ensuing four years, and promoted founding principles as a solution: "We will not duck the tough issues—we will lead. We will not spend four years blaming others—we will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles." The speech was well received by the convention audience and praised for being well-delivered. Some fact-checkers noted that there were important factual omissions and that he presented details out of context. Conservative media (including Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post, the Investor's Business Daily, and Fox News) disputed some of the fact-checkers' findings. Politifact.com rated 33 of Ryan's statements which it suspected of being false or misleading as True: 10.5%, Mostly True: 18%, Half True: 21%, Mostly False: 36%, False: 9%, and Pants on Fire: 6%.
    On August 11, 2012, Ryan formally accepted Romney's invitation to join his campaign as his running mate, in front of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan is the first individual from Wisconsin as well as the first member of Generation X to run on a major party's national ticket. Also in August 2012, the Associated Press published a story saying that while the Tea Party movement had wanted a nominee other than Romney, it had gotten "one of its ideological heroes" in the Vice Presidential slot. According to the article, Ryan supports the Tea Party's belief in "individual rights, distrust of big government and an allegorical embrace of the Founding Fathers". According to a statistical-historical analysis conducted by Nate Silver, "Ryan is the most conservative Republican member of Congress to be picked for the vice-presidential slot since at least 1900" and "is also more conservative than any Democratic nominee vice president who previously served in the Congress was liberal, meaning that he is the furthest from the center" of any vice presidential candidate chosen from Congress since the turn of the 20th century. This analysis, using the DW-NOMINATE statistical system, has been described as "one of the more statistically rigorous approaches to Ryan's congressional voting record". Political scientist Eric Schickler commented that while Ryan "may well be the most conservative vice presidential nominee in decades," the NOMINATE methodology "is not suited to making claims about the relative liberalism or conservatism of politicians" over a long time span. A USA Today/Gallup poll found that 39% thought Ryan was an "excellent" or "pretty good" vice presidential choice, compared to 42% who felt he was a "fair" or "poor" choice.
    Before the official announcement in Norfolk, Virginia, it was reported that Romney made his decision, and offered the position to Ryan on August 1, 2012, the day after returning from a foreign policy trip through the United Kingdom, Poland and Israel.
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    On August 11, 2012, the Romney campaign officially announced Ryan as its choice for Vice President through its "Mitt's VP" mobile app as well as by the social networking service Twitter, about 90 minutes before Romney's in-person introduction.
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    In 2012, Ryan supported a request for $3.8 million from the Department of Transportation for a new transit center in Janesville, which city officials received in July.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan was an active member of a task force established by Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle that tried unsuccessfully to persuade GM to keep its assembly plant in Janesville open. He made personal contact with GM executives to try to convince them to save or retool the plant, offering GM hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer-funded incentives. Following the closing of factories in Janesville and Kenosha, constituents expressed dissatisfaction with his votes and support. During the 2011 Congressional summer break, Ryan held town hall meetings by telephone with constituents, but no free, in-person listening sessions. The only public meetings Ryan attended in his district required an admission fee of at least $15. In August 2011, constituents in Kenosha and Racine protested when Ryan would not meet with them about economic and employment issues, after weeks of emailed requests from them. Ryan's Kenosha office locked its doors and filed a complaint with the police, who told the protesters that they were not allowed in Ryan's office. Ryan maintains a mobile office to serve constituents in outlying areas.
    As of mid-2012, Ryan had been on seven trips abroad as part of a congressional delegation.
    More Details Hide Details As Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ryan holds no chairmanship of any committee nor is he a member of any committee or subcommittee. Prior to his election, Ryan held the following assignments: In fiscal year 2008, Ryan garnered $5.4 million in congressional earmarks for his constituency, including $3.28 million for bus service in Wisconsin, $1.38 million for the Ice Age Trail, and $735,000 for the Janesville transit system. In 2009, he successfully advocated with the Department of Energy for stimulus funds for energy initiatives in his district. Other home district projects he has supported include a runway extension at the Rock County Airport, an environmental study of the Kenosha Harbor, firefighting equipment for Janesville, road projects in Wisconsin, and commuter rail and streetcar projects in Kenosha. In 2008, Ryan pledged to stop seeking earmarks. Prior to that he had sought earmarks less often than other representatives. Taxpayers for Common Sense records show no earmarks supported by Ryan for fiscal years 2009 and 2010.
    In 2012, Ryan accused the nation's top military leaders of using "smoke and mirrors" to remain under budget limits passed by Congress.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan later said that he misspoke on the issue and called General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to apologize for his comments.
    As of July 25, 2012, Ryan had over $5.4 million in his congressional campaign account, more than any other House member.Ryan was reelected with 55% of his district's vote and 44% of the vote in his hometown, Janesville.
    More Details Hide Details Zerban again challenged Ryan in the 2014 House election. Ryan won with 63% of his district's vote.
    In 2012, under Wisconsin election law, Ryan was allowed to run concurrently for vice president and for Congress and was not allowed to remove his name from the Congressional ballot after being nominated for the vice presidency.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan, together with Democratic Senator Patty Murray, negotiated the landmark Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.
  • 2010
    In the 2010 general election, he defeated Democrat John Heckenlively and Libertarian Joseph Kexel.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    In the 2008 election, Ryan defeated Democrat Marge Krupp.
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  • 2005
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In a speech that same year at the Atlas Society, he said he grew up reading Rand, and that her books taught him about his value system and beliefs. Ryan required staffers and interns in his congressional office to read Rand and gave copies of her novel Atlas Shrugged as gifts to his staff for Christmas. In his Atlas Society speech, he also described Social Security as a "socialist-based system". In 2009, Ryan said, "What's unique about what's happening today in government, in the world, in America, is that it's as if we're living in an Ayn Rand novel right now. I think Ayn Rand did the best job of anybody to build a moral case of capitalism, and that morality of capitalism is under assault." In April 2012, after receiving criticism from Georgetown University faculty members on his budget plan, Ryan rejected Rand's philosophy as an atheistic one, saying it "reduces human interactions down to mere contracts". He also called the reports of his adherence to Rand's views an "urban legend" and stated that he was deeply influenced by his Roman Catholic faith and by Thomas Aquinas. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, maintains that Ryan is not a Rand disciple, and that some of his proposals do not follow Rand's philosophy of limited government; Brook refers to Ryan as a "fiscal moderate".
  • 2000
    Ryan married Janna Little, a tax attorney, in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Little, a native of Oklahoma, is a graduate of Wellesley College, and George Washington University Law School. Her cousin is former Democratic Representative Dan Boren, also of Oklahoma. The Ryans live in the Courthouse Hill Historic District of Janesville, Wisconsin. They have three children: Liza, Charles, and Sam. A Catholic, Ryan is a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Janesville, and was an altar boy. Because of a family history of fatal heart attacks before age 60, Ryan pursues an intense cross-training fitness program called P90X. He is "fairly careful" about what he eats and makes his own bratwurst and Polish sausage. In a radio interview Ryan said that he had once run a marathon in under three hours; he later stated that he forgot his actual time and was just trying to state what he thought was a normal time. His one official marathon time is recorded as slightly over four hours.
    One, passed in July 2000, renamed a post office in Ryan's district; the other, passed in December 2008, lowered the excise tax on arrow shafts.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan has also co-sponsored 975 bills, of which 176 have passed. 22 percent of these bills were originally sponsored by a Democrat. Ryan was a "reliable supporter of the W. Bush administration's foreign policy priorities" who voted for the 2002 Iraq Resolution, authorizing the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In 2010, Ryan was a member of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Bowles-Simpson Commission), which was tasked with developing a plan to reduce the federal deficit. He then voted against the final report of the commission.
    He defeated Democratic challenger Jeffrey C. Thomas in the 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006 elections.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan won the Republican primary over 29-year-old pianist Michael J. Logan of Twin Lakes, and the general election against Democrat Lydia Spottswood. This made him the second-youngest member of the House. Reelected eight times, Ryan has never received less than 55 percent of the vote.
  • 1997
    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.
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  • 1996
    Ryan later worked as a speechwriter for Kemp, the Republican vice presidential candidate in the 1996 United States presidential election.
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  • 1995
    In 1995, Ryan became the legislative director for then-U.S. Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas.
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  • 1992
    A few months after Kasten lost to Democrat Russ Feingold in the November 1992 election, Ryan became a speechwriter for Empower America (now FreedomWorks), a conservative advocacy group founded by Jack Kemp, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and William Bennett.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In his early years working on Capitol Hill, Ryan supplemented his income by working as a waiter, as a fitness trainer, and at other jobs.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born on January 29, 1970.
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