It’s official – Paul Ryan has been selected as the Republican Vice Presidential running mate:
Mitt Romney today announced Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate. Below is Congressman Ryan’s biography:
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. He is Chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he has worked tirelessly leading the effort to reign in federal spending and increase accountability to taxpayers. He also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, where he has focused on simplifying the tax code and making health care more affordable and accessible.
In January 2010, Ryan gained attention nationwide after unveiling his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” a proposal to eliminate the federal deficit, reform the tax code, and preserve entitlements for future generations.
Representative Ryan was born in Janesville, Wisconsin on January 29, 1970. A fifth-generation Wisconsin native, Ryan was the youngest of four children born to Paul Ryan Sr., who worked as an attorney, and Betty, a stay-at-home mom.
In April 2000, Ryan proposed to Janna Little, a native Oklahoman, at one of his favorite fishing spots, Big St. Germain Lake in Wisconsin. Later that year, the two were married in Oklahoma City.
The Ryans reside in Janesville with their three children, Liza, Charlie and Sam. The family are parishioners at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
Upon entering Congress in January of 1999, Ryan was the youngest member of the freshmen class at the age of 28. Prior to running for Congress, Ryan served as an aide to Republican Senators Robert Kasten Jr. and Sam Brownback, former U.S. Rep. and Vice Presidential Candidate Jack Kemp, and as a speechwriter for Education Secretary William Bennett.
Ryan is a graduate of Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville and earned degrees in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio. He is an avid outdoorsman and is a member is of his local archery association, the Janesville Bowmen.
Marooned in Marin was present when Romney and the newly designated VP Candidate, Paul Ryan, visited Manassas, Virginia shortly after the announcement. He’s a great photo story of the event – I LOVE photojournalism! Reading his post, I found his comparison to the 2008 Republican Presidential campaign to be quite telling:
Let me say that I was at John McLame’s 2008 rally in Woodbridge, VA and the difference between the two were like night and day. The pick of Paul Ryan has fired up and energized the GOP base. During the speech, the focus was on the economy, and the failed Obama record. Gov. Romney even mentioned how Obama had cut $700 billion out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare, a point I’ve been trying to remind readers here and on Twitter, in response to the scare tactics of the Regime and Socialist Democrat Party.
DaTechGuy reflects on the serious intent of the Republican presidential candidate.