On Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 8:00am CST in Norfolk, Virginia, Gov. Romney introduced Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate.
I got a text from a friend that said: “What do you think of Romney’s running mate? I don’t know a lot about him.”
So, I decided to write a brief profile of the candidate. Needless to say, for Conservatives, Independents, TEA Partiers, and moderates, Congressman Ryan is an excellent choice!
Ryan was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin. He is a fifth generation Wisconsin native whose great-grandfather was an entrepreneur.
After graduation high school, he attended Miami University in Ohio where he majored in economics and political science. During his junior year in college, he served as an intern at the office of Wisconsin Senator Bob Kasten.
His post-college years saw him work for many very experienced politicians. He continued to work for Kasten, but later worked for Jack Kemp’s Empower America, former education secretary Bill Bennett, the late diplomat Jeane Kirkpatrick, Minnesota Representative Vin Webere, again for Jack Kemp as a speechwriter, and Kansas Senator Sam Brownback as a legislative director.
In 1998, was when it came to a head. He ran for Wisconsin’s Congressional District 1 after an incumbent retired. He has held that seat for seven terms always winning at least 60% of the vote since 2000. Here’s a link to his voting record at the Washington Post
Here’s a list of Committee Assignments and Caucus Membership:
- Committee on the Budget (Chairman)
- Committee on Ways and Means
- Subcommittee on Health
- Congressional Middle East Economic Partnership Caucus
- International Conservation Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
- Sportsmen’s Caucus (Co-Chair)
Ryan married Janna Little, a tax attorney, in December 2000. The Ryans live in Janesville with their three children Elizabeth Anne, Charles Wilson, and Samuel Lowery. Ryan is Roman Catholic and is a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
I hope this profile helps out my readers. As a TEA Party Republican, I am proud to support Gov. Romney’s choice as Rep. Ryan for his VP. He’s a true Conservative, both fiscally and socially, and he will bring some youth to this race. Get ready though, the lamestream media is already prepping their attacks for President Obama. This is going to be an uphill battle.
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