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Paul Ryan
U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 1st District
From: January 3, 1999-present
Predecessor Mark Neumann
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Janna Ryan
Religion Roman Catholic

Paul D. Ryan, Jr. (born January 29, 1970) is a Congressman and the Republican nominee for Vice President in the Presidential Election 2012, as selected by Mitt Romney on August 11. His voting record is solidly pro-life as a 7-term U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District. He is the chairman of the House Budget Committee. Because Ryan ran for reelection to Congress while being the 2012 Vice Presidential candidate, he was able to continue in public service despite his defeat for Vice President.

In the only vice presidential debate, Paul Ryan defeated liberal Joe Biden by a 48-44% margin, according to a CNN poll.

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."[1]

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 will focus national attention on his economic ideas, steering media attention away from social issues.

Some have criticized Ryan as being a "big spending conservative." He does also support the immigration of illegal aliens.[2]


Ryan pursues an intense cross-training fitness program called P90X, and hosts a group of Congressmen for early morning workouts.[3]

In a radio interview, Ryan said that he had run a marathon in under three hours;[4] he later stated that he forgot his actual time and was just trying to state what he thought was a normal time.[5] His one official marathon time is recorded as slightly over four hours.[6][7]

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