|Former U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District|
From: January 3, 1999–January 3, 2019
Paul Davis Ryan, Jr. (born January 29, 1970) was the Speaker of the House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019 and was the Republican nominee for Vice President in the Presidential Election 2012, as selected by Mitt Romney on August 11. In 2016, Ryan initially declined to support GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and as a result, faced a spirited primary challenge backed by Sarah Palin. Ryan was reelected for another term but then retired at the age of 47, rather than face a challenge to his reelection in 2018. As Speaker of the House, he accomplished little and lost the GOP majority in 2018. After he left Congress, he moved to the Washington, D.C. area despite not residing there while he was a congressman. He also joined the Board of Directors of the parent corporation for the Fox News Channel.
Paul Ryan has repeatedly caved into the homosexual agenda, beginning as early as 2007 when he voted for special rights for homosexuals in the EDNA bill. Subsequently, he supports adoption by homosexual couples, and changing the military to appease the homosexual movement. Ryan also cast votes in favor of funding amnesty, in favor of bailing out Wall Street (TARP), and in favor of a budget that continued funding for Planned Parenthood. Ryan used his power in the House to punish conservative members, and was a cheerleader to transfer power to Obama with the Trade Promotion Authority. Simply put, Paul Ryan is a puppet for the Establishment.
He claims a pro-life voting record throughout his numerous terms as U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, but has almost no legislative pro-life achievements. He is the chairman of the House Budget Committee. Because Ryan ran for re-election to Congress while being the 2012 Vice Presidential candidate, he was able to continue in public service despite his defeat for Vice President.
Ryan publicly endorsed Romney in March 2012, while the more conservative candidates of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were still in the race, and even "asked Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich to bow out."
Ryan is an "Inside the Beltway" type - he began as a congressional staffer and has never held a serious job in the private sector. While he has indicated support for reducing government, some of the specifics in his economic proposals have not been particularly conservative or helpful politically to the Republican Party. His selection as the Republican Vice President 2012 focused national attention on his economic ideas, steering media attention away from social issues.
Ryan has been criticized for holding big government and globalist positions. Some have criticized Ryan as being a "big spending conservative." He also supports mass migration, amnesty for illegal aliens, and globalist trade policies. Ryan has aligned with the Koch brothers. While voicing pro-life positions, Ryan has a mixed record on abortion issues. He called James Comey a man of integrity, "as far as I know", despite Comey admitting to leaking and being influenced by politics when investigating senior political officials. After leaving Congress, Ryan joined the board of Fox News, where he pushed for the network to turn against President Trump.
Paul Ryan was born in Janesville, Wisconsin.
Many Republicans had promoted Eric Cantor within the House leadership structure to Majority Leader with the goal of having Cantor become the first Jewish Speaker in history. As a result, Ryan took on roles as Chair of the House Budget Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee as an ally of Cantor rather than as a direct rival. Ryan and Cantor coauthored a book. However, the Tea Party launched a primary challenge against Cantor, and David Brat defeated Cantor in the Republican primary. As a result, Cantor resigned from the House and the leadership team, effective August 18, 2014. This in turn, placed the then-Speaker John Boehner in a difficult position, because he relied upon Cantor to deliver conservative Republican votes. As the Republican House caucus grew more fractured, Boehner could not gather the votes necessary to pass appropriations needed to keep the government open and faced demands that his continued leadership be put to a rare mid-term vote. On September 25, 2015, Boehner announced that he would step down as Speaker and resign from Congress at the end of October 2015. At first, Ryan indicated that he would rather remain as Chair of the Ways and Means Committee to allow House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California to run for Speaker, but when no other candidate emerged with widespread support, he agreed to run for Speaker. Boehner officially passed off the Speaker's gavel to Ryan on October 29, 2015. Ryan was the youngest Speaker since James G. Blaine in 1875.
During the Obama term, Ryan was the highest Republican elected official serving in government, and was mentioned as a possible 2016 candidate for President. He served as co-chair of the 2016 Republican National Convention. When Donald Trump was projected as receiving a majority of the delegates at that Convention, the Republican leadership divided on how to react. Most Republicans said they would support him as the nominee, but Ryan among others withheld their support. In response, the Tea Party, including Sarah Palin, supported Paul Nehlen in the primary held on August 9, 2016. However, Ryan led Nehlen 78% to 14 percent in the polls. Nehlen finished with 14 percent of the vote.
Ryan announced in April 2018 that he would not run for re-election. Democrats wiped out his majority in 2018 by gaining 40 seats and defeating Ryan's close ally, former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and replacing him with authoritarian Democrat Tony Evers.
In a radio interview, Ryan said that he had run a marathon in under three hours; he later stated that he forgot his actual time and was just trying to state what he thought was a normal time. His one official marathon time is recorded as slightly over four hours.
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- Official Site
- Speech by Paul Ryan at Hillsdale College
- Ryan on the Issues
- CNN: Ryan's conservative stance extends beyond fiscal policy
- Democrats unsure whether to exaggerate Ryan's conservatism or to downplay it