|U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 1|
|January 3, 1999-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||16|
|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 primary||August 12, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Joseph A. Craig High School, WI|
|Bachelor's||Miami University, OH|
|Date of birth||January 29, 1970|
|Place of birth||Janesville, WI|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.2 Book deal
- 4.3 September 2013 NYC event
- 4.4 Future Speaker of the House?
- 4.5 Scope of presidency
- 4.6 Presidential preference
- 4.7 Endorsements
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 On the trail
- 7 On the issues
- 7.1 Economic and fiscal
- 7.2 Foreign affairs
- 7.3 Domestic
- 7.3.1 Federalism
- 7.3.2 Natural Resources
- 7.3.3 Healthcare
- 7.3.4 Immigration
- 7.3.5 Education
- 7.3.6 Abortion
- 7.3.7 Gay rights
- 7.4 On The Issues Vote Match
- 8 Personal savvy
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 Campaign donors
- 13 Analysis
- 14 Personal
- 15 Recent news
- 16 See also
- 17 External links
- 18 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 was a member of the following House committees:
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Ryan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
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.
Ryan voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
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.
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.
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. 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. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Ryan voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.
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. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582-page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, 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.
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.
In the short term, Ryan's proposal attempted to introduce some concrete Republican solutions to reverse perceptions that the GOP has become simply the party of "no" in opposition to Obama.
"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.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Ryan voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The 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. 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.
Ryan said he donated his salary while the government was 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."
In November 2013, Ryan said there will not be a shutdown in January when the spending bill runs out. Ryan said that either they will strike a deal with Congress or keep government funding the same. He also added the Obamacare defunding attempt will not be repeated again in January, explaining his fellow Republicans now realize it's not discretionary spending-"ObamaCare is an entitlement, they are not related."
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
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 things 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."
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."
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."
Morton Memos Prohibition
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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Healthcare Reform Rules
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.
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.
Previous congressional sessions
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 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 jointly headlined a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee (RNC) in New York in September 2013.
It was 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.”
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.
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. He declined to say whether he was interested in the chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee.
“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, explaining his decision. “We would see each other less in the speakership than as a member of the House.”
“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.”
Scope of presidency
"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."
Idaho's 2nd District
Ryan endorsed incumbent Mike Simpson on March 4, 2014. 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."
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."
New York's 21st District
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."
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Current U.S. Representative
January 12, 2015
- See also: Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan was considered a potential candidate for the office of President of the United States in 2016. Ryan is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Wisconsin. He represents Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 1998. Ryan campaigned for vice president on the Republican ticket with Mitt Romney in 2012.
On January 12, 2015, he announced that he would not seek the presidency and would instead focus on his new position as chairman of the House Ways and Means committee. Only one president, James Garfield, was elected to office as a sitting House member.
On the trail
Decision not to run
- Shortly after Republicans chose Paul Ryan as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Ryan announced that he would forgo a 2016 run. In a post-decision interview, Ryan said, "I feel like I am in a position to make a big difference where I am and I want to do that."
- Ryan released a book in 2014 on the state of conservatism, titled The Way Forward.
Comments on a possible run
- 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."
- Paul Ryan was one of six Republicans who headlined a major fundraising event in New York City on September 23, 2013.
Advisors and staff
- Joyce Meyer, who is staff director of the House Ways and Means Committee, "has been a senior aide to Congressman Ryan since he was first elected to the House...and has been a primary advisor on tax policy and other legislative issues for Ryan."
- Austin Smythe, who is the policy director of the House Ways and Means Committee, "worked under Chairman Ryan to develop and pass pro-growth, balanced budgets."
Public opinion polls
- A March 2014 poll conducted by CNN had Paul Ryan one point behind Sen. Rand Paul on a list of presidential hopefuls. At 15 percent support, Ryan came in ahead of Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee, the only other potential candidates to poll in the double figures.
On the issues
Economic and fiscal
"Paul Ryan on Taxes with MSNBC's Chris Matthews," July 26, 2010.
- Paul Ryan is considered to be "the Republican Party's leading voice on taxes and budgets," according to David Lawder of Reuters.
- In 2001, Ryan voted for HR 1836 - the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001. Ryan also voted for HR 2 - the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. Collectively, these are known as the Bush tax cuts.
- Many of Paul Ryan's opinions on regulation are outlined in the "Path to Prosperity" proposal. The budget proposal is critical of the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the House Budget Committee, "Although the bill is dubbed 'Wall Street Reform,' it actually intensifies the problem of too-big-to-fail by giving large, interconnected financial institutions advantages that small firms will not enjoy."
- In 2012, Ryan voted in favor of HR 6684 - the Spending Reduction Act of 2012. The bill reduced federal spending on a number of assistance, research and retirement programs.
- In 2011, Ryan co-sponsored HR 2898 - the Regulation Moratorium and Jobs Preservation Act of 2011, which proposed prohibiting "any federal agency from taking any significant regulatory action until the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports a monthly unemployment rate equal to or less than 7.7 percent."
- In 2000, Paul Ryan voted in favor of HR 434 - the Trade and Development Act of 2000, which authorized "the President to designate a sub-Saharan African country as a beneficiary country eligible to receive duty-free treatment, through September 30, 2008, for any non-import-sensitive article that is the growth, product, or manufacture of such country."
- In 2008, Ryan voted for HR 1830, which extended "the duty-free treatment or other preferential treatment for Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru" by extending the Andean Trade Preference Act.
- Paul Ryan was chairman of the House Budget Committee from 2011 to 2014.
- In 2012, Ryan was a prominent voice in favor of the "Path to Prosperity" budget proposal, HConRes 34, known popularly as the Ryan Budget Bill.
- In May 2008, Ryan introduced HR 6110 - the Roadmap for America's Future Act of 2008. He proposed a balanced budget by changing "the Congressional Budget Act to make it out of order for the House or Senate to consider any legislation that would cause: (1) an excess spending amount; or (2) aggregate federal revenue levels exceeding a specified percentage of revenue relative to the Gross Domestic Product, unless so determined by a vote of at least three-fifths of the Members voting, a quorum being present."
- Paul Ryan's 2012 budget resolution proposed reforming "the open-ended nature of the government's support for crop insurance" and claimed that such reforms would "save taxpayers roughly $30 billion over the next decade."
Federal assistance programs
- In July 2014, Paul Ryan released a discussion draft for a proposal targeting entitlement reform called "Opportunity Grant." Ryan proposed consolidating "up to eleven federal programs into one stream of funding to participating states. The idea would be to let states try different ways of providing aid and then to test the results—in short, more flexibility in exchange for more accountability. My thinking is, get rid of these bureaucratic formulas. Put the emphasis on results. ...Each state that wanted to participate would submit a plan to the federal government. That plan would lay out in detail the state’s proposed alternative. If everything passed muster, the federal government would give the green light. And the state would get more flexibility; it would get to combine into one stream of funding up to eleven different programs—things like food stamps, housing assistance, child care, cash welfare. This new, simpler stream of funding would become the Opportunity Grant, and it would be budget neutral. The state would get the same amount of money as under current law—not a penny less."
- Ryan introduced HR 6610 - the Roadmap for America's Future Act of 2008. The bill outlined changes to entitlement spending and focused on Medicare and Social Security.
Military preparedness and budget
- In 2011, Paul Ryan voted for S 365 - the Budget Control Act of 2011, which provided for budget sequestrations, including defense spending sequestration.
- Ryan sees issues of foreign policy as deeply connected to the national budget. In a 2011 speech, he said, "If there's one thing I could say with complete confidence about American foreign policy, it is this: Our fiscal policy and our foreign policy are on a collision course; and if we fail to put our budget on a sustainable path, then we are choosing decline as a world power."
- In 2008, Ryan voted for HR 1 - the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, which provided for specific military preparedness in regards to terror threats.
"Vice Presidential Debate - Opening V.P. Debate on Benghazi Terrorist Attack," October 11, 2012.
- In 2014, Paul Ryan publicly supported President Barack Obama when he ordered airstrikes against ISIS.
- In June 2014, Ryan stated that the U.S. military should stay in Afghanistan until the military has achieved its objectives. He said, "No country can lean on us forever. But the Afghan people are trying to stand on their own. And we should help them to their feet."
- During the 2012 vice presidential debate, Ryan was critical of the Obama administration's handling of the 2012 attack in Benghazi.
- In 2001, Ryan supported SJRes 23, which authorized military activity in Afghanistan following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
- In 2002, Ryan voted for HJRes 114 - the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, which authorized military force in Iraq.
- In June 2014, Paul Ryan said, "We need to make it very clear that the NATO pledge to common defense is not some paper promise, it is an iron-clad commitment."
First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
- In 2007, Paul Ryan voted for HR 2102 - the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007, which proposed prohibiting "a federal entity (an entity or employee of the judicial or executive branch or an administrative agency of the federal government), in any matter arising under federal law, from compelling a covered person to testify or produce any document" with a few exceptions.
- In 2005, Ryan cosponsored HR 2389 - the Pledge Protection Act of 2005, which sought to "deny jurisdiction to any federal court, and appellate jurisdiction to the Supreme Court, to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of the Pledge of Allegiance or its validity under the Constitution."
Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
- In 2012, Paul Ryan publicly stated his support for federal concealed-carry reciprocity legislation, which proposed allowing a person with a permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state to carry a firearm in every other state.
- In 2004, Ryan voted for HR 1036 - the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which proposed prohibiting "any qualified civil liability action from being brought in any State or Federal court." The bill proposed protecting firearms manufacturers from lawsuits in cases regarding the criminal misuse of a firearm.
- In 2014, Paul Ryan voted in favor of HR 4138 - the ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014, which authorized either chamber of Congress "to bring a civil action for a declaratory judgment" on the president if the president failed to "faithfully execute the laws of the United States."
Crime and Justice
American Enterprise Institute, "Paul Ryan: Expanding opportunity in America," July 24, 2014.
- In Paul Ryan's 2014 presentation, "Expanding Opportunity in America," Ryan proposed reforming the criminal justice system. He specifically proposed giving judges more flexibility in sentencing low-risk, non-violent offenders. He said, "Here’s the point: Non-violent, low-risk offenders—don’t lock them up and throw away the key. Get them in counseling; get them in job training; help them rejoin and contribute to our society."
- In 2013, Paul Ryan voted in favor of H.R.1582 - Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013, a bill that required the EPA to prepare cost/benefit analyses, a price increase estimate, and a description of employment effects "before promulgating a final rule that regulates any aspect of the production, supply, distribution, or use of energy (or that provides for such regulation by state or local governments)" that would cost more than $1 billion.
- Ryan's 2012 Path to Prosperity budget criticized the Obama administration's energy policies, citing "punitive regulations on economically competitive sources of energy, coupled with reckless spending on uncompetitive alternatives."
- In 2008, Ryan voted against HR 6899 - Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act, which proposed to restrict any "oil and gas preleasing or leasing of any area of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that was not available for oil and gas leasing as of July 1, 2008, unless that action is expressly authorized by this Act or a statute enacted by Congress after enactment of this Act."
- In 2007, Ryan voted against HR 2776 - Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007, which proposed tax incentives "for the production of electricity from renewable resources (e.g., wind, closed and open-loop biomass, geothermal energy, small irrigation power, municipal solid waste, and qualified hydropower)."
- In 2009, Paul Ryan voted against HR 2454 - American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which sought to establish a cap and trade policy for energy.
Keystone XL Pipeline
- In his 2012 Paths to Prosperity budget plan, Paul Ryan characterized the Keystone XL Pipeline as a "common-sense job creator" that would "lower energy prices for Americans."
Endangered Species, etc.
- In 2009, Paul Ryan voted against S 22 - Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, a bill that sought to expanded federally protected lands and waters.
- Paul Ryan's 2012 Path to Prosperity budget proposal called for a full repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: "Congress must repeal the President's disastrous new law, diminish the power of unelected bureaucrats over personal health care decisions, and restore that power to individuals and families by advancing reforms that allow robust choice and competition in health care."
- Ryan's Path to Prosperity proposal also included changes to Medicare: For "workers currently under the age of 55, beginning in 2023, those seniors would be given a choice of private plans competing alongside the traditional fee-for-service option on a newly created Medicare Exchange. Medicare would provide a premium-support payment either to pay for or offset the premium of the plan chosen by the senior."
- In 2010 Paul Ryan voted against the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010, or DREAM Act of 2010. The act authorized "the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to cancel the removal of, and adjust to conditional nonimmigrant status" of certain aliens under the age of 30.
- In 2006 Ryan voted in favor of HR 6061 - The Secure Fence Act of 2006, which gave the Secretary of Homeland Security the ability to provide "physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful border entry and facilitate border access by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, such as additional checkpoints, all weather access roads, and vehicle barriers."
- In 2005, Ryan co-sponsored HR 884 - Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits, and Security Act of 2005, which provided for pathways to legal immigration through by giving "qualifying alien agricultural workers (and their spouses and minor children) temporary resident status and subsequently lawful permanent resident status upon the fulfillment of specified agricultural work and residency requirements."
- As of April 2015, Paul Ryan supported making education a more local issue. On his website, Ryan championed "returning the power to make education-related decisions to state and local governments, families, and students, who oftentimes know what is best for our nation’s children, rather than distant federal bureaucrats."
- In 2015, Ryan supported HR 5 - Student Success Act. In part, the bill called for an expansion of charter school funding: "Replaces the current charter school grant program with a program awarding grants to state entities (state educational agencies, state charter school boards, governors, or charter school support organizations) and, through them, subgrants to charter school developers to open new charter schools and expand and replicate high-quality charter schools."
- In a 2014 interview with Hugh Hewitt, Ryan specified his opposition to Common Core Standards: "I don’t support Common Core. I think it leads to federalizing curriculum, which I think is a very dangerous trend to put ourselves on."
"Abortion Debate in 2012 Vice Presidential Debate."
- In a 2010 interview with John McCormack of The Weekly Standard, Paul Ryan described his position on abortion: "I’m as pro-life as a person gets. You’re not going to have a truce. Judges are going to come up. Issues come up, they’re unavoidable, and I’m never going to not vote pro-life." 
- In 2006, Ryan voted for S 403 - Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, a bill that: "Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit transporting a minor child across a state line to obtain an abortion (deems such transporting to be a de facto abridgment of the right of a parent under any law in the minor’s state of residence that requires parental involvement in the minor’s abortion decision). Makes an exception for an abortion necessary to safe the life of the minor."
- In 2003, Ryan voted for S 3 - Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which prohibited "any physician or other individual from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion, except when necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury."
"Paul Ryan on Civil Rights at Town Hall Meeting, 2013."
- In 2013, Paul Ryan changed his stance on same sex adoption, showing support for the issue at a Wisconsin town hall meeting: "I do believe that if there are children who are orphans who do not have a loving person or couple ... I think if a person wants to love and raise a child, they ought to be able to do that. Period. I would vote that way."
- In 2006, Ryan voted for HJRes 88 - Marriage Protection Amendment, an amendment to the Constitution that sought to define marriage specifically: "(1) marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman; and (2) neither the U.S. Constitution nor the constitution of any state shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon any other union."
- Speaking on his decision to vote for the amendment, Ryan said: “I believe that marriage should remain between a man and a woman, and I have heard from many of the people I represent who are concerned about activist judges abusing their power and rewriting our society’s definition of marriage. I had hoped that this amendment wouldn’t be necessary, but increasingly it appears that laws such as the Defense of Marriage Act will not be sufficient to protect marriage from certain courts that distort state and federal constitutional law.”
On The Issues Vote Match
- 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 14 percent on social issues and 93 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Neutral||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly 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: April 19, 2015. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
- Paul Ryan's most consistent principle is his devotion to a balanced budget and reduced federal spending. He outlines these principles thoroughly in his Path to Prosperity budget. He maintains a reputation as "the Republican Party's leading voice on taxes and budgets," according to David Lawder of Reuters.
- In October 2014, the Washington watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington accused Paul Ryan of “accepting improper favors from the nation's largest bookseller” when Amazon marketed his book and dropped the price to increase sales.
- In a 2012 article for Forbes, Carmine Gallo noted that a key reason for Paul Ryan's success is his ability to communicate: "You might not agree with Ryan’s philosophy on the role of the federal government or his plan to reduce the government debt, but it’s hard to make the argument that he isn’t a clear communicator."
Past speeches and interviews
Most of Paul Ryan's speeches and interviews are on budget issues. The following are some of his public talks from his campaign for vice president and as a member of the Budget Committee:
- Juana Summers of Politico characterized Paul Ryan's debate style as having a dual approach: he portrays himself as both a Washington outsider and a knowledgeable decision maker: "Despite Ryan’s charm offensive, and beneath the Wisconsin lawmaker’s 'aw shucks' persona, he is a fierce contender, who could land some powerful punches."
Political and leadership attributes
- In 2011, Ryan was selected to give the Republican response to the president's State of the Union address.
- In 2012, Republican nominee Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate in the presidential election.
- In 2013, Paul Ryan reached a bipartisan budget agreement with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. Ryan released a statement following the 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."
Elections and campaign finance
- In January 2015, Paul Ryan told NBC News that he would not be seeking the presidency in 2016.
- According to Open Secrets, Ryan's leadership PAC, Prosperity Action, had raised over $9 million from its formation in 2002 to April 2015.
- As of the end of June 2014, the Ryan had a balance in his campaign committee of $3.8 million, according to the FEC.
- Ryan was first elected to the U.S. House in 1998, winning the Wisconsin First Congressional District seat of Mark Neumann, who had vacated his seat to make an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate. Ryan is currently serving his ninth consecutive term in the House.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Paul + Ryan + 2016
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- Paul Ryan
- Presidential election, 2016
- Politico, "2012 House Race Results," November 6, 2012
- 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
- U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
- Official House website "Committee Assignments," accessed November 18, 2011
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 69 - Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- LA Times, "Rep. Paul Ryan calls for cuts in anti-poverty programs," accessed March 4, 2014
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- 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
- The Hill, "Ryan: No need to worry about another shutdown," accessed November 20, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed October 14, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
- Political Wire, "Ryan Praises Bipartisan Deal," accessed December 11, 2013
- Politico, "The new Paul Ryan," accessed December 11, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
- Politico, "Book deal for Paul Ryan," accessed September 22, 2013
- Politico, "GOP 2016 hopefuls slated for NYC event," accessed August 28, 2013
- [ http://www.nationaljournal.com/daily/paul-ryan-takes-a-step-toward-house-speakership-20131212 National Journal, "Paul Ryan Takes a Step Toward House Speakership," accessed December 13, 2013]
- Politico, "Paul Ryan doesn’t want to be House speaker," accessed January 24, 2014
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel," accessed February 3, 2014
- New York Daily News, "Mitt Romney scores key Republican endorsement in Rep. Paul Ryan," March 30, 2012
- Simpson for Congress, "Simpson Announces Support of Congressman Paul Ryan," accessed March 10, 2014
- 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
- Roll Call, "Paul Ryan Endorses Candidate in Competitive New York House Race," accessed January 15, 2014
- Clerk.House.gov, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed May 3, 2015
- New York Daily News, "Election 2016: A look at possible candidates and who could run in the next presidential race," August 17, 2013
- The Wall Street Journal, "Rep. Paul Ryan Rules Out 2016 Presidential Candidacy," January 12, 2015
- U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "House members who became president or presidential candidates," accessed November 7, 2013
- MSNBC.com, "Paul Ryan bows out of 2016 consideration," January 12, 2015
- The Huffington Post, "Paul Ryan To Chair Powerful House Ways And Means Committee," November 18, 2014
- The Daily Caller, "Book Deal for Paul Ryan," August 7, 2014
- New York Daily News, "What likely 2016 White House contenders are saying about possible campaigns," accessed May 3, 2015
- Politico, "GOP 2016 hopefuls slated for NYC event," August 26, 2013
- PaulRyan.House.gov, "Chairman-elect Ryan Makes Staff Appointments at House Ways and Means Committee," accessed May 3, 2015
- CNN, "CNN Poll: Rand Paul goes where his father never went," March 16, 2014
- Business Insider, "Paul Ryan: 'Tax reform is a 2015 thing for sure,'" February 14, 2015
- U.S. Congress, "H.R.1836 - Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001," accessed April 24, 2015
- U.S. Congress, "H.R.2 - Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003," accessed April 24, 2015
- U.S. Congress, "H.R.8 - American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012," accessed April 24, 2015
- U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget, "The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal," accessed April 24, 2015
- Congress.gov, "H.R.6684 - Spending Reduction Act of 2012," accessed April 24, 2015
- Congress.gov, "H.R.2898 - Regulation Moratorium and Jobs Preservation Act of 2011," accessed April 24, 2015
- U.S. Congress, "H.R.434 - Trade and Development Act of 2000," accessed April 24, 2015
- Congress.gov, "H.R.1830 - To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008," accessed April 24, 2015
- Congress.gov, "H.Con.Res.34 - Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2012 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2013 through 2021," accessed April 24, 2015
- Congress.gov, "H.R.6110 - Roadmap for America's Future Act of 2008," accessed April 24, 2015
- House.gov, "Speeches and Statements," accessed December 11, 2014
- Congress.gov, "H.R.6110 - Roadmap for America's Future Act of 2008," August 6, 2012
- Congress.gov, "S.365 - Budget Control Act of 2011," accessed April 27, 2015
- CNN, "Ryan's foreign policy views shaped by his budget battles," accessed April 27, 2015
- Congress.gov, "H.R.1 - Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007," accessed April 27, 2015
- Madison.com, "First Ron Johnson, now Paul Ryan supports Obama on ISIS," September 29, 2014
- Wall Street Journal, "Paul Ryan Preaches Tough Restraint on World Stage," June 10, 2014
- The Guardian, “Benghazi attack: the key exchanges from the vice-presidential debate," October 12, 2012
- Congress.gov, "S.J.Res.23 - Authorization for Use of Military Force," accessed April 27, 2015
- Congress.gov, "H.J.Res.114 - Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002," accessed April 27, 2015
- Defense News, "Ryan: NATO Needs More Permanent Presence in Eastern Europe," accessed April 27, 2015
- Congress.gov, "H.R.2102 - Free Flow of Information Act of 2007," accessed April 27, 2015
- Congress.gov, "H.R.2389 - Pledge Protection Act of 2005," accessed April 27, 2015
- Business Week, “Paul Ryan and the Gun Control Factor," August 13, 2012
- Congress.gov, “H.R.1036 - Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act," accessed April 27, 2015
- Congress.gov, "H.R.4138 - ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014," accessed April 27, 2015
- House.gov, "Speeches and Statements," accessed December 11, 2014
- U.S. Congress, "H.R.1582 - Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013," accessed April 27, 2015
- U.S. Congress, "H.R.6899 - Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act," accessed April 27, 2015
- U.S. Congress, "H.R.2776 - Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007," accessed April 27, 2015
- U.S. Congress, "H.R.2454 - American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009," accessed April 27, 2015
- U.S. Congress, “S.22 - Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009," accessed April 27, 2015
- U.S. Congress, "H.R.5281 - Removal Clarification Act of 2010," accessed February 2, 2015
- U.S. Congress, “H.R.6061 - Secure Fence Act of 2006," accessed April 27, 2015
- U.S. Congress, “H.R.884 - Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits, and Security Act of 2005," accessed April 27, 2015
- U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan, "Education," accessed April 28, 2015
- U.S. Congress, "H.R.5 - Student Success Act," accessed April 28, 2015
- Hugh Hewitt, “Audio and Transcript: Paul Ryan On “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea”," August 25, 2014
- Weekly Standard, “Paul Ryan Rules Out 2012 Presidential Run, Talks Up Mitch Daniels," July 19, 2010
- U.S. Congress, "S.403 - Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act," acccessed April 28, 2015
- U.S. Congress, "S.3 - Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003," accessed April 28, 2015
- USA Today, "Rep. Paul Ryan now supports gay adoption," accessed April 28, 2015
- U.S. Congress, "H.J.Res.88 - Marriage Protection Amendment," accessed April 28, 2015
- House.gov, "Ryan Votes for Marriage Protection Amendment," accessed April 28, 2015
- On The Issues, "Paul Ryan Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
- Business Insider, "Paul Ryan: 'Tax reform is a 2015 thing for sure'," accessed April 28, 2015
- Washington Times, “Paul Ryan abused power to increase book sales, ethics group charges," accessed April 28, 2015
- Forbes, “Paul Ryan: The 'Soft' Skill That Makes Him Hard to Ignore," accessed April 28, 2015
- Politico, “Vice Presidential Debate 2012: Paul Ryan a tough debater, ex-rivals say," accessed April 28, 2015
- U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan, "Biography," accessed April 28, 2015
- The Washington Post, “Afternoon Fix: Paul Ryan to deliver State of the Union response; Evan Bayh joins private equity firm," accessed December 11, 2014
- Twitter, "Mitt Romney," accessed April 28, 2015
- Political Wire, "Ryan Praises Bipartisan Deal," accessed December 11, 2013
- NBC News, “Paul Ryan Won't Run for President in 2016,” January 12, 2015
- Open Secrets, “Rep. Paul Ryan," accessed December 11, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, “Paul Ryan," accessed December 11, 2014
- CNN, "Wisconsin House Results," accessed April 28, 2015
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|
|Paul Ryan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 8, 2013||$1,363,328.25||$606,616.49||$(414,968.43)||$1,554,976.31|
|July Quarterly||July 8, 2013||$1,554,976.31||$1,106,812.48||$(474,978.85)||$2,186,809.94|
|October Quarterly||October 11, 2013||$2,186,809.94||$1,173,587.18||$(750,483.14)||$2,609,913.98|
|Year-end||January 31, 2014||$2,609,913||$1,053,283||$(456,603)||$3,206,594|
|April Quarterly||April 9, 2014||$3,206,594.31||$1,396,792.5||$(595,990.76)||$4,007,396.05|
|July Quarterly||July 10, 2014||$4,007,396.05||$1,611,279.85||$(1,783,117.9)||$3,835,558.00|
|Pre-General||October 21, 2014||$4,511,566.01||$223,741.11||$(1,877,139.88)||$2,858,167.24|
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|
|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
Ryan voted with the Republican Party 96.2% of the time, which ranked 103rd 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 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.
|Paul Ryan Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
2013 best year
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- 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
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 18, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Pre-General," accessed October 24, 2014
- 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
- GovTrack, "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, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
- 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]
- The Hill, "Best, worst years in Washington," accessed January 13, 2014
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