Paul Ryan

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Paul Ryan
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U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 1
In office
January 3, 1999-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 16
Legislative director to Sen. Sam Brownback (KS)
Aide to Sen. Robert Kasten (WI)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolJoseph A. Craig High School, WI
Bachelor'sMiami University, OH
Date of birthJanuary 29, 1970
Place of birthJanesville, WI
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Paul Ryan (b. January 29, 1970) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Wisconsin. Ryan represents the 1st congressional district of Wisconsin and was first elected to the House in 1998. 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.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Ryan is a "rank-and-file Republican."[2]

On August 11, 2012, Mitt Romney announced that he had selected Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate.[3][4]


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 a conservative think tank called Empower America.[5][6]


  • 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


Ryan serves on the following committees:[7]


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


Presidential preference


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

Paul Ryan endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [9]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 one 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.[10]



See also: Wisconsin's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Ryan won re-election in 2012.[11] He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Rob Zerban and Libertarian Keith Deschler in the November general election.[12]

While Ryan was selected by Mitt Romney on August 11 to be hran mate, Wisconsin law allowed Ryan to pursue his House re-election at the same time. If Ryan were elected for both offices, the state would hold a special election to fill his U.S. House seat.[13]

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[14] Ryan ranked 9th on the list.[14] The article notes 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.[14]

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)


On November 2, 2010, Ryan won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating John Heckenlively (D) and Joseph Kexel (L).[15]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 1, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ryan Incumbent 68.2% 179,819
     Democratic John Heckenlively 30.1% 79,363
     Libertarian Joseph Kexel 1.6% 4,311
Total Votes 263,493


U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 1, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ryan Incumbent 64% 231,009
     Democratic Marge Krupp 34.7% 125,268
     Libertarian Joseph Kexel 1.3% 4,606
Total Votes 361,107

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Ryan's reports.

Paul Ryan Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 13, 2012$4,632,125.28$732,218.11$(283,033.74)$5,081,309.65
July Quarterly[17]July 9, 2012$5,081,309.65$1,082,513.45$(754,864.70)$5,408,958.40
October Quarterly[18]October 4, 2012$5,418,413.79$465,645.02$(1,881,398.44)$4,002,660.37
Running totals


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.[19]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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 ranks 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.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Ryan's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $927,100 to $3,207,000. That averages to $2,067,050, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[21]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Ryan voted with the Republican Party 90.9% of the time, which ranked 171 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[22]


Ryan and his wife, Janna, have three children.[23]

See also

External links


  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Gov Track "Ryan" Accessed May 24, 2012
  3., "Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as running mate," August 11, 2012
  4. USA Today, "Romney's VP pick likely to go to safest candidate," July 14, 2012
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Paul Ryan," Accessed November 18, 2011
  6. Time Magazine, "Paul Ryan: The Prophet" December 4, 2011
  7., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  8. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 18, 2011
  9. New York Daily News, "Mitt Romney scores key Republican endorsement in Rep. Paul Ryan," March 30, 2012
  10. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "Ryan's 2012 re-election not a given in tense climate," July 24, 2011
  12. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012
  13. Huffington Post "Paul Ryan House Race Can Proceed Despite VP Nomination," August 11, 2012
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" Accessed April 17, 2012
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Ryan's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Ryan's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Ryan's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012
  19. Open Secrets "Paul Ryan 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 18, 2011
  20. LegiStorm "Paul Ryan," Accessed September 7, 2012
  21., "Paul Ryan (R-Wis), 2010"
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  23. Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 18, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Neumann
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 1st District
Succeeded by