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{{tnr}}'''Paul Ryan''' (b. January 29, 1970, in Janesville, WI) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Wisconsin]]. Ryan represents [[Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District]] and was first elected to the House in 1998. He {{2014isrunning}} for re-election in 2014.
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{{tnr}}'''Paul Ryan''' (b. January 29, 1970, in Janesville, WI) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Wisconsin]]. Ryan represents [[Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District]] and was first elected to the House in 1998. He {{2014isrunning}} for re-election in 2014. Ryan defeated [[Jeremy Ryan]] in the Republican primary.<ref name=apwi>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/by_state/WI_US_House_0812.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "Wisconsin - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 12, 2014]</ref>
  
 
Ryan appeared on the 2012 presidential ticket as [[Mitt Romney|Mitt Romney's]] vice presidential running mate. Despite losing the presidential race, Ryan won re-election to the [[U.S. House|House]] in 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'', "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
 
Ryan appeared on the 2012 presidential ticket as [[Mitt Romney|Mitt Romney's]] vice presidential running mate. Despite losing the presidential race, Ryan won re-election to the [[U.S. House|House]] in 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'', "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
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Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan.jpg
U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1999-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMark Neumann (R)
Leadership
Legislative director to Sen. Sam Brownback (KS)
1995-1997
Aide to Sen. Robert Kasten (WI)
1992
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$33.19 in 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$15,995,498
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolJoseph A. Craig High School, WI
Bachelor'sMiami University, OH
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 29, 1970
Place of birthJanesville, WI
Net worth$5,405,548.50
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Paul Ryan (b. January 29, 1970, in Janesville, WI) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Wisconsin. Ryan represents Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 1998. He ran for re-election in 2014. Ryan defeated Jeremy Ryan in the Republican primary.[1]

Ryan appeared on the 2012 presidential ticket as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate. Despite losing the presidential race, Ryan won re-election to the House in 2012.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Ryan is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

After graduating from Miami University of Ohio, Ryan moved to Washington D.C., where he put his political science degree to use as an aide to Wisconsin Senator Robert Kasten and a speechwriter for deceased former congressman Jack Kemp. Prior to entering Congress in 1999 at age 28, Ryan also worked on the policy staff for the conservative think tank, Empower America.[3][4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Ryan's professional and political career:[5]

  • 1999-Present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1995-1997: Legislative Director to Sen. Sam Brownback (KS)
  • 1993-1995: Advisor and speechwriter for Empower America
  • 1992: Aide to Sen. Robert Kasten (WI)

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Ryan serves on the following committees:[6][7]

2011-2012

Ryan was a member of the following House committees:[8]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[9] For more information pertaining to Ryan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Ryan voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Ryan voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Ryan voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[13]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Ryan voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[15] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[16][17] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[17] Ryan voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[18][19] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[19] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[20] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Ryan voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[18]

Report on budget

In a March 2014 report critiquing the budget situation, Ryan developed his own proposal of programs to cut. Among those programs were welfare, child care, college Pell grants and other assistance programs.[21]

In the short term, Ryan's proposal attempted to introduce some concrete Republican solutions to reverse perceptions that the GOP had become simply the party of "no" in opposition to Obama.[21]

"This report will help start the conversation. It shows that some programs work; others don't. And for many of them, we just don't know. Clearly, we can do better," Ryan said.[21]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[22] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[23] Ryan voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[24]

Nay3.pngThe shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[25] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Ryan voted against HR 2775.[26]

Ryan said he donated his salary while the government was shutdown.[27]

Ryan spoke with the press on the first day of the shutdown, October 1, 2013. He suggested an agreement to end the shutdown could be tied in with the debt ceiling, which hit its limit on October 17, 2013. He said, "We have a debt limit coming. Most budget agreements in the past have always involved debt limit increases. We think that's the forcing mechanism, just like the Budget Control Act that President Obama signed before." He added, "That's what we think we need. A forcing action to bring two parties together." He added, "We don't want to close the government down. We want it open. But we want fairness ... We want a budget agreement that gets the debt under control."[28]

He wrote an op-ed on October 9, 2013, and then went on Bill Bennett's radio show to address the shutdown and entitlements. He said, "I don’t know that within the next two weeks we have a viable strategy for actually repealing Obamacare, every piece of it." He added, "We’re going to keep going after Obamacare. I’m totally committed to dismantling this law because what we’re learning soon here is that’s it’s going to do so much damage to this country. Premiums are skyrocketing, people are losing the coverage they had, businesses are knocking people down less than 40 hours a week, it’s just terrible." In his op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal, he wrote, .".. we need a complete rethinking of government’s approach to helping the most vulnerable, and a complete rethinking of government’s approach to health care. But right now, we need to find common ground. We need to open the federal government. We need to pay our bills today — and make sure we can pay our bills tomorrow."[29]

In November 2013, Ryan said there would not be a shutdown in January when the spending bill was set to run out. Ryan said that either they would strike a deal with Congress or keep government funding the same. He also added that the Obamacare defunding attempt would not be repeated again in January, explaining his fellow Republicans now realized it's not discretionary spending-"Obamacare is an entitlement, they are not related."[30]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Yea3.png Ryan voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[31] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[32]

Budget agreement

Ryan released a statement following the bipartisan budget agreement he helped negotiate. He said, "As a conservative, I deal with the situation as it exists. I deal with the way things are, not necessarily the way I want them to be. I've passed three budgets in a row that reflect my priorities and my principles and everything I wanted to accomplish. We're in divided government. I realize I'm not going to get that. So I'm not going to go a mile in the direction I wanted to go to, but I will take a few steps in the right direction. This agreement takes us in the right direction, from my perspective, for the very reasons I laid out before."[33]

He added, "This says let’s cut spending in a smarter way, some permanent spending cuts to pay for some temporary sequester relief, resulting in net deficit reduction without raising taxes. That’s fiscal responsibility. That’s fiscal conservatism. And it adds a greater stability to the situation. It prevents government shutdowns, which we don’t think is anyone’s interest. That to me is the right thing to do, and that is a conservative looking at the situation as it is, making it better."[34]

He elaborated on the agreement saying, "The House budget reflects our ultimate goals. It balanced the budget within 10 years, it pays off the debt, but I realize that that is not going to pass in this divided government. I see this agreement as a step in the right direction. In divided government, you don’t always get what you want. That said, we still can make progress toward our goals."[34]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Ryan voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[35] The vote largely followed party lines.[36]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Ryan voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[37]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png Ryan voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[38]

Government affairs

HR 676
See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[39] Ryan joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[40][41]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Ryan voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[42]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Ryan's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Ryan is a Hard-Core Conservative. Ryan received a score of 16 percent on social issues and 93 percent on economic issues.[43]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[44]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Neutral Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[43]

Book deal

On September 22, 2013, it was announced that Ryan was in the process of writing a book about the current and future state of conservatism. The book, "Where Do We Go From Here?," is set for publication in August 2014. This is Ryan's second book. His first book, "Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders," was co-authored with fellow Republican Reps. Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy in 2010.[45]

September 2013 NYC event

Six of the Republican Party’s leaders and potential 2016 nominees jointly headlined a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee (RNC) in New York in September 2013. The event was hosted by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Jets owner Woody Johnson on September 23, 2013. The dinner and reception were held at Johnson’s home. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, as well as Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Rep. Ryan, were listed as the “special guests.”[46]

It represented a major force of star power at a single event on behalf of the party, and it featured some of the party’s brightest future talent, many of whom represent different wings of the GOP.[46]

Future Speaker of the House?

Ryan's name has been tossed around as a potential successor to John Boehner as Speaker of the House. While this could happen, it doesn't appear to be in the immediate future, as Boehner is running for re-election in 2014 and Ryan has been mentioned as taking over the Means and Ways Committee in 2015.[47]

Texas Tribune luncheon

At a luncheon sponsored by local chambers of commerce and the Texas Tribune on January 23, 2014, Ryan declared that he did not want the Speaker of the House position.[48] He declined to say whether he was interested in the chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee.[48]

“When Janna and I joined [Mitt Romney’s presidential] ticket, we looked at what would this do to our family and we realized that actually we would see each other more in the vice presidency than as a member of the House,” Ryan said. “We would see each other less in the speakership than as a member of the House.”[48]

“I could’ve decided to go on the elected leadership route years ago,” Ryan said. “I’m more of a policy person. I prefer spending my days on policy and my weekends at home with my family. My weekends consist of going to the YMCA for basketball and then one of their neighborhood parishes for basketball these days. I want to keep doing that. … The speaker is expected to fly around the country on weekends as well, helping folks — I’m not going to do that. I’m four days a week in D.C. and three days a week in Janesville — it’s a good mix, I like that mix.”[48]

Scope of presidency

On February 2, 2014, Ryan said during an appearance on This Week that President Barack Obama is running an "increasingly lawless presidency" by circumventing Congress.[49]

"It's not the number of executive orders, it's the scope of the executive orders. It's the fact that he is actually contradicting law like in the health care case, or proposing new laws without going through congress, George, that's the issue...We have an increasingly lawless presidency where he is actually doing the job of Congress, writing new policies and new laws without going through congress. Presidents don't write laws, Congress does. And when he does things like he did in health care, delaying mandates that the law said was supposed to occur when they were supposed to occur, that's not his job. The job of Congress is to change laws if he doesn't like them, not the presidency."[49]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Paul Ryan endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [50]

Endorsements

Idaho's 2nd District

Ryan endorsed incumbent Mike Simpson on March 4, 2014.[51] Ryan said in his endorsement, “Mike Simpson has been in the trenches fighting to reform runaway spending and has been a critical voice in passing our plan to balance the budget and pay down our debt."[51]

Alabama's 1st special election

Republican candidate Wells Griffith picked up a high-profile endorsement from Ryan on August 7, 2013, for the special election for Alabama's 1st Congressional District.[51] "I've known Wells Griffith for a long time and consider him a true friend," said Ryan. "Wells is committed to moving our country and our party forward. His dedication to advancing conservative principles is admirable and he will be a strong conservative voice for South Alabama."[51]

The endorsement set off one of Griffith’s challengers, columnist Quin Hillyer, who attacked Ryan for his views on immigration and labor relations.[52]

"Alabama's economy is dependent on being a right to work state, but Ryan keeps adding to a long record of limiting employee freedom and driving up costs via support for the horrible Davis-Bacon law and other suck-ups to union bosses," Hillyer said.

Hillyer also accused Ryan of abandoning conservatives in Congress. He sharply criticized Ryan for his efforts to strike a deal to pass immigration reform in the House.[53]

"I have been a longtime admirer of Paul Ryan, but he has increasingly proved to be a disappointment and out of touch with Alabama values," Hillyer said. "Ryan is the driving force in the House for amnesty, against the principles laid out by our own Senator Jeff Sessions. If one of my opponents wants a leftward-moving Paul Ryan, he can have him."[53]

New York's 21st District

See also: New York's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014

Ryan endorsed Republican Elise Stefanik in the 2014 election cycle for New York's 21st Congressional District. He said, "My friend Elise Stefanik is running for Congress to fight for hardworking families in upstate New York. She’s got the values and the work ethic to get the job done. She’s part of a new generation of leaders who will bring fresh ideas to Washington, and she has my full support."[54]

Elections

2016

See also: Possible 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates

When asked in August 2014 whether he was considering a presidential run, Ryan stated, "As far as myself and my family, this is a decision we're going to take very seriously and weigh in 2015, so I just don't know the answer to your question at this time." Ryan campaigned for vice president on the ticket with Mitt Romney in 2012, and visited Iowa and New Hampshire during the campaign.[55] He was also one of six Republicans headlining a major fundraising event in New York City on September 23, 2013.[56] Ryan released a book in 2014 on the state of conservatism, titled The Way Forward.[57] Only one president, James Garfield, was elected to office as a sitting House member.[58]

Public opinion polls

  • A March 2014 poll conducted by CNN had Ryan one point behind Sen. Rand Paul on a list of presidential hopefuls. At 15% support, Ryan came in ahead of Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee, the only other potential candidates to poll in the double figures.[59]

2014

See also: Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Ryan ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Wisconsin's 1st District. Ryan defeated Jeremy Ryan in the Republican primary.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ryan Incumbent 94.3% 40,813
Jeremy Ryan 5.7% 2,450
Scattering 0.1% 30
Total Votes 43,293
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

2012

See also: Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Ryan won re-election in 2012.[60] He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Rob Zerban and Libertarian Keith Deschler in the November general election.[61]

While Ryan was selected by Mitt Romney on August 11 to be his running mate, Wisconsin law allowed Ryan to pursue his House re-election at the same time. If Ryan had been elected for both offices, the state would have held a special election to fill his U.S. House seat.[62]

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the "Top Ten House Members" who were helped by redistricting.[63] Ryan ranked 9th on the list.[63] The article noted that the redistricting process, controlled by Republicans in the state House, was rushed through rather quickly ahead of recalls happening in the state, and added a few more points to the Republican base in Ryan's district.[63]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Rob Zerban 43.4% 158,414
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ryan Incumbent 54.9% 200,423
     Libertarian Keith Deschler 1.7% 6,054
     Miscellaneous N/A 0% 167
Total Votes 365,058
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ryan is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Ryan raised a total of $15,995,498 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[71]

Paul Ryan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Wisconsin, District 1) Won $4,994,668
2010 US House (Wisconsin, District 1) Won $3,922,760
2008 US House (Wisconsin, District 1) Won $1,653,204
2006 US House (Wisconsin, District 1) Won $1,462,674
2004 US House (Wisconsin, District 1) Won $1,374,025
2002 US House (Wisconsin, District 1) Won $1,244,748
2000 US House (Wisconsin, District 1) Won $1,343,419
Grand Total Raised $15,995,498

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ryan's reports.[72]

Paul Ryan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[73]April 8, 2013$1,363,328.25$606,616.49$(414,968.43)$1,554,976.31
July Quarterly[74]July 8, 2013$1,554,976.31$1,106,812.48$(474,978.85)$2,186,809.94
October Quarterly[75]October 11, 2013$2,186,809.94$1,173,587.18$(750,483.14)$2,609,913.98
Year-end[76]January 31, 2014$2,609,913$1,053,283$(456,603)$3,206,594
April Quarterly[77]April 9, 2014$3,206,594.31$1,396,792.5$(595,990.76)$4,007,396.05
July Quarterly[78]July 10, 2014$4,007,396.05$1,611,279.85$(1,783,117.9)$3,835,558.00
Pre-General[79]October 21, 2014$4,511,566.01$223,741.11$(1,877,139.88)$2,858,167.24
Running totals
$7,172,112.61$(6,353,281.96)

Ryan raised the most amount of money of all eight Wisconsin congressional members, with $1.7 million in contributions since January 2013.[80]

2012

Breakdown of the source of Ryan's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Ryan won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Ryan's campaign committee raised a total of $4,994,668 and spent $6,651,221.[81]

Cost per vote

Ryan spent $33.19 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Ryan's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Ryan won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Ryan's campaign committee raised a total of $3,922,760 and spent $1,781,673.[82]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Ryan's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,206,097 to $8,605,000. That averages to $5,405,548.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Ryan ranked as the 69th most wealthy representative in 2012.[83] Between 2004 and 2012, Ryan‘s calculated net worth[84] increased by an average of 22 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[85]

Paul Ryan Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$1,950,206
2012$5,405,548
Growth from 2004 to 2012:177%
Average annual growth:22%[86]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[87]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[88]

Ryan most often votes with:

Ryan least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Ryan is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of July 2014.[89] This was the same rating Ryan received in May 2013.[90]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Ryan ranked 71st in the conservative rankings in 2013.[91]

2012

Ryan was one of two members who ranked 127th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[92]

2011

Ryan was one of three members of congress who ranked 150th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[93]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2013

Ryan voted with the Republican Party 94.9 percent of the time, which ranked 86th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[94]

2013

Ryan voted with the Republican Party 96.2 percent of the time, which ranked 103rd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[95]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Ryan missed 230 of 10,854 roll call votes from January 1999 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.1%, which is worse than the median of 2.5% among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[96]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Ryan paid his congressional staff a total of $858,307 in 2011. Overall, Wisconsin ranked 32nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[97]

Personal

Ryan and his wife, Janna, have three children.[98] He spent a summer working for Oscar Meyer and once drove the Weinermobile, a vehicle shaped like a hot dog in a bun.[99]

2013 best year

Ryan was named by The Hill as a member of Congress who had one of the best years in 2013.[100]

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  84. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
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  86. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Neumann
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 1st District
1999-Present
Succeeded by
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