|U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 1st District|
From: January 3, 1999-present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Paul D. Ryan, Jr. (born January 29, 1970) is a Congressman and is currently portrayed in the mainstream media as the presumptive 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.
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 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."
- 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