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
PredecessorMark Neumann (R)
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
Campaign $$15,995,498
Term limitsN/A
High schoolJoseph A. Craig High School, WI
Bachelor'sMiami University, OH
Date of birthJanuary 29, 1970
Place of birthJanesville, WI
Net worth$5,228,046
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.

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 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.


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.[2][3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Ryan's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 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:[5]


Ryan was a member of the following House committees:[6]


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 Paul'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.[7]

Read more:

September 2013 NYC event

Six of the Republican Party’s leaders and potential 2016 nominees will jointly headline a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee (RNC) in New York in September 2013.

According to an invitation that went out August 26, 2013, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Jets owner Woody Johnson will host the event September 23, 2013.[8] It will be held at Johnson’s home.[8]

It is a dinner and reception with 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, who are listed as the “special guests.”[8]

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


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.[10] "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."[10]

That set off one of Griffith’s challengers, columnist Quin Hillyer, who attacked Ryan for his views on immigration and labor relations.[11]

"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.[12]

"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."[12]

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 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.[13]

Immigration reform

On June 6, 2013, Ryan endorsed the House's immigration bill currently being negotiated. This endorsement came only one day after Rep. Raul Labrador (ID-R) left the group of representatives working out the details due to disagreements over benefits for illegal immigrants.[14]



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

Ryan won re-election in 2012.[15] He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Rob Zerban and Libertarian Keith Deschler in the November general election.[16]

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.[17]

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[18] Ryan ranked 9th on the list.[18] 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.[18]

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.[26]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ryan's reports.[27]

Paul Ryan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]4/08/2013$1,363,328.25$606,616.49$(414,968.43)$1,554,976.31
July Quarterly[29]7/08/2013$1,554,976.31$1,106,812.48$(474,978.85)$2,186,809.94
Running totals

Ryan raised the most amount of money of all eight Wisconsin congressional members, with $1.7 million in contributions since January 2013.[30]


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.[31]

Cost per vote

Ryan spent $33.19 per vote received in 2012.


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.[32]


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.[33]

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 May 9, 2013.[34]

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. Ryan was 1 of 2 members who ranked 127th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[35]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Ryan was 1 of 3 members of congress who ranked 150th in the conservative rankings.[36]

Voting with party


Paul Ryan voted with the Republican Party 96.2% of the time, which ranked 103 among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[37]

Lifetime missed votes

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

According to the website GovTrack, Ryan missed 227 of 9,878 roll call votes from January 1999 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.3%, which is worse than the median of 2.1% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[38]

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.[39]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Ryan's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,041,092 and $8,415,000. That averages to $5,228,046, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 152.92% from 2010.[40]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[41]


Ryan and his wife, Janna, have three children.[42]

Recent news

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See also

External links


  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Paul Ryan," Accessed November 18, 2011
  3. Time Magazine, "Paul Ryan: The Prophet" December 4, 2011
  4. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Ryan," Accessed June 26, 2013
  5., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  6. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 18, 2011
  7. Politico, "Book deal for Paul Ryan," accessed September 22, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Politico, "GOP 2016 hopefuls slated for NYC event," accessed August 28, 2013
  9. New York Daily News, "Mitt Romney scores key Republican endorsement in Rep. Paul Ryan," March 30, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Rep. Paul Ryan backs Wells Griffith in AL-01 congressional race" Accessed August 7, 2013
  11., "Paul Ryan ripped by conservative after endorsement in Alabama congressional race," accessed August 19, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1, "Paul Ryan starts a ruckus in Alabama congressional race," accessed August 19, 2013
  13. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  14. The Hill, "Paul Ryan endorses immigration bill after Labrador walks away," Accessed June 7, 2013
  15. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "Ryan's 2012 re-election not a given in tense climate," July 24, 2011
  16. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012
  17. Huffington Post "Paul Ryan House Race Can Proceed Despite VP Nomination," August 11, 2012
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" Accessed April 17, 2012
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Paul Ryan," Accessed April 5, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Ryan 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 25, 2013
  28. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  29. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  30. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Paul Ryan cashes in on White House run," Accessed August 5, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Ryan 2012 Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Paul Ryan 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 18, 2011
  33. OpenCongress, "Paul Ryan," Accessed August 6, 2013
  34. Gov Track "Paul Ryan," Accessed May 9, 2013
  35. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  36. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  37. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  38. GovTrack, "Ryan," Accessed April 11, 2013
  39. LegiStorm "Paul Ryan," Accessed September 7, 2012
  40., "Ryan (R-WI), 2011"
  41., "Paul Ryan (R-Wis), 2010"
  42. Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 18, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Neumann
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 1st District
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