At a Glance
- Career History:
Marketing Consultant, Ryan Inc. Central (1997 to 1998);Legislative
Director, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) (1995 to 1997); Adviser and
speechwriter for Empower America, 1993 to 1995
January 29, 1970
- Alma Mater:
Miami University of Ohio, B.A., 1992
Janna Little Ryan
Chairman, House Budget Committee (since January 2011); Ways and
- DC Office:
1113 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515Phone:
Path to Power
A fifth-generation Wisconsin native, Paul Ryan was born Jan. 29,
1970, in Janesville. He is the youngest of Paul Sr. and Betty Ryan's
four children. He attended Miami University of Ohio, where he
graduated in 1992 with a degree in economics and political science.
While still in college, Ryan started working for former Sen. Robert
Kasten Jr. (R-Wis.). Later, Ryan was a speechwriter for former U.S.
Representative, Housing Secretary, and vice presidential candidate
Jack Kemp and former Education Secretary and "Drug Czar" William
Bennett at Empower America, a conservative think tank. Before
running for Congress himself, Ryan was legislative director for Sen.
Sam Brownback (R) of Kansas.
Ryan voted with the majority of Republicans 92.1 percent of the
time in the 110th Congress.Though socially and fiscally
conservative, Ryan is seen as a moderate when it comes to foreign
policy. And he isn't afraid to challenge those within his own party
in pushing for larger private Social Security accounts or higher tax
After the 2008 elections, Ryan wrote in the Wall Street Journal
that Republicans needed "a substantial party shake-up.
…We need to be honest about the root causes of our
current financial crisis: loose money, crony capitalism and a lack
of market transparency and information." He emphasized the
importance of keeping inflation in check, curbing entitlement
spending, and enacting business tax reforms.
Ryan has a reputation for developing good working relationships
with colleagues, even those with starkly different views. He has
worked closely with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on his "Roadmap"
He once called then-Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), a former Club for
Growth head who won a Pennsylvania Senate seat in 2010, his "best
friend in Congress." He also supported controversial Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker (R) in his 2010 gubernatorial bid.