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Tim Ryan (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 7/16/1973 (Niles, OH)
Race: White
Religion: Catholic
Residence: Niles, OH
Education: BS in Political Science from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH; JD in Law from Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH
Occupation: Attorney
Office Type: U.S. House -- Ohio District 17 

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Tim Ryan was born in 1973 in Niles, Ohio, where he now resides. He played quarterback in his hometown at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Ohio. Ryan graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in political science and earned his law degree from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H.

Ryan worked for Rep. James A. Traficant as a congressional aide, 1995-97. Traficant was ousted from Congress and sentenced in 2002 to eight years in prison on his racketeering and bribery conviction.

Ryan was elected to the Ohio Senate in 2001 and was elected to Congress in 2002.

Ryan married Julie Stitzel, who had served as his deputy campaign manager, on Aug. 22, 2003. The couple have no children.

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Tim Ryan was elected to a four-year term at the Ohio Senate in 2001. He beat incumbent Democratic Rep. Tom Sawyer to win a five-way Democratic primary for the 17th District, then won the seat in 2002 by earning 51 percent of the vote to beat Ohio state Rep. Anne Womer Benjamin, who got 34 percent and incumbent Rep. James A. Traficant, who got 15 percent and ran as an independent from prison. Ryan had no opposition in Ohio's March 2, 2004, primary election.

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