|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 the Speaker of the House of Representatives and was the Republican nominee for Vice President in the Presidential Election 2012, as selected by Mitt Romney on August 11. In 2016, Ryan declined to support GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and as a result faces a spirited primary challenge backed by Sarah Palin.
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 support 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.
He claims a pro-life voting record throughout his numerous terms as 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.
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.
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 wide-spread support, he agreed to run for Speaker. Boehner officially passed off the Speaker's gavel to Ryan on October 29, 2015. Ryan is the youngest Speaker since James G. Blaine in 1875.
As Speaker, Ryan is the highest Republican elected official currently serving in government, and was mentioned as a possible 2016 candidate for President. He has been scheduled to serve 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, are promoting Paul Nehlen in the June 2016 primary. However, Ryan leads Nehlen 78% to 14% in the polls.
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.
- 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
- Mike DeBonis (October 29, 2015). Paul Ryan elected House speaker. Washington Post. Retrieved on May 11, 2016.
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- Paul Ryan Has Massive 78-14 Lead Over Primary Challenger. Retrieved on May 11, 2016.
- Janice Lloyd, "Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan could run circles around most of us in the gym," USA Today, retrieved November 16, 2012.
- "Paul Ryan Interview", hughhewitt.com, August 22, 2012.
- Wing, Nick. "Paul Ryan Explains Marathon Time Snafu: I Made Up What I Thought Was 'An Ordinary Time'", 09/05/2012. Retrieved on 23 October 2012.
- "Paul Ryan’s marathon lie", salon.com, September 2, 2012.
- "Paul Ryan Has Not Run Sub-3:00 Marathon", Runner's World, August 31, 2012.