Ryan is an avid out doorsman and enjoys
hunting and "noodling" - fishing for catfish using only his
bare hands. In his wedding announcement it was revealed that he also
does his own skinning and butchering and makes his own polish sausage
US 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 rein 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 2008, 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
Upon entering Congress in January of
1999, Ryan was the youngest member of the freshman 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 US Rep.
and Vice Presidential Candidate Jack Kemp, and as a speechwriter for
Education Secretary William Bennett. According to a statistical
analysis conducted by Nate Silver, Ryan is the most conservative
Republican member of Congress to be picked for the vice-presidential
slot since at least 1900.
On August 11, 2012, Republican
presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced that he had selected Ryan
to be his vice-presidential running mate during the 2012 presidential