|U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 1|
|January 3, 1999-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||15|
|Predecessor||Mark Neumann (R)|
|Legislative director to Sen. Sam Brownback (KS)|
|Aide to Sen. Robert Kasten (WI)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 3, 1998|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Joseph A. Craig High School, WI|
|Bachelor's||Miami University, OH|
|Birthday||January 29, 1970|
|Place of birth||Janesville, WI|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Ryan's academic, professional and political career:
- 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)
Ryan serves on the following committees:
Ryan was a member of the following House committees:
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
Paul Ryan has said he will be donating his salary while the government is on shutdown.
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 hits 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."
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 said, "... 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."
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.
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.
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.”
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. "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."
"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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting. Ryan ranked 9th on the list. 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.
|U.S. House, Wisconsin District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Paul Ryan Incumbent||54.9%||200,423|
|Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)|
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.
|Paul Ryan's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Wisconsin, District 1)||$4,994,668|
|2010||US House (Wisconsin, District 1)||$3,922,760|
|2008||US House (Wisconsin, District 1)||$1,653,204|
|2006||US House (Wisconsin, District 1)||$1,462,674|
|2004||US House (Wisconsin, District 1)||$1,374,025|
|2002||US House (Wisconsin, District 1)||$1,244,748|
|2000||US House (Wisconsin, District 1)||$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.
|Paul Ryan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
Ryan raised the most amount of money of all eight Wisconsin congressional members, with $1.7 million in contributions since January 2013.
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.
Cost per vote
Ryan spent $33.19 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin, 1st District, 2012 - Paul Ryan Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$2,265,721|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$2,250,102|
|Top contributors to Paul Ryan's campaign committee|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$304,750|
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.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin, 1st District, 2010 - Paul Ryan Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$12,066|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$11,649|
|Top contributors to Paul Ryan's campaign committee|
|American Family Insurance||$13,000|
|Aurora Health Care||$12,674|
|Credit Union National Assn||$12,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$238,650|
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.
Ryan most often votes with:
Ryan least often votes with:
Ideology and leadership
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.
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.
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.
Lifetime missed votes
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.
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- Politico "2012 House Race Results"
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Paul Ryan," Accessed November 18, 2011
- Time Magazine, "Paul Ryan: The Prophet" December 4, 2011
- Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Ryan," Accessed June 26, 2013
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 18, 2011
- Politico, "Hill pols plan to donate, halt salary," accessed October 1, 2013
- Huffington Post, "Paul Ryan: Debt Limit Is 'Forcing Mechanism' For Ending Government Shutdown", accessed October 1, 2013
- Politico, "Paul Ryan: I haven’t dropped Obamacare", accessed October 9, 2013
- Politico, "Book deal for Paul Ryan," accessed September 22, 2013
- Politico, "GOP 2016 hopefuls slated for NYC event," accessed August 28, 2013
- New York Daily News, "Mitt Romney scores key Republican endorsement in Rep. Paul Ryan," March 30, 2012
- Al.com "Rep. Paul Ryan backs Wells Griffith in AL-01 congressional race" Accessed August 7, 2013
- Madison.com, "Paul Ryan ripped by conservative after endorsement in Alabama congressional race," accessed August 19, 2013
- AL.com, "Paul Ryan starts a ruckus in Alabama congressional race," accessed August 19, 2013
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- The Hill, "Paul Ryan endorses immigration bill after Labrador walks away," Accessed June 7, 2013
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "Ryan's 2012 re-election not a given in tense climate," July 24, 2011
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012
- Huffington Post "Paul Ryan House Race Can Proceed Despite VP Nomination," August 11, 2012
- The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" Accessed April 17, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Paul Ryan," Accessed April 5, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Ryan 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 25, 2013
- FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
- FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Paul Ryan cashes in on White House run," Accessed August 5, 2013
- Open Secrets "Ryan 2012 Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
- Open Secrets "Paul Ryan 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 18, 2011
- OpenCongress, "Paul Ryan," Accessed August 6, 2013
- Gov Track "Paul Ryan," Accessed May 9, 2013
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- GovTrack, "Ryan," Accessed April 11, 2013
- LegiStorm "Paul Ryan," Accessed September 7, 2012
- OpenSecrets.org, "Ryan (R-WI), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Paul Ryan (R-Wis), 2010"
- Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 18, 2011
- [http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/08/15/paul-ryan-former-wienermobile-driver-future-vice-president/ CBS Pittsburgh, " Paul Ryan: Former Wienermobile Driver, Future Vice President?", accessed October 10, 2013]
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