Born Name : Paul Davis Ryan
January 29, 1970
Janesville, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party : Republican
Spouse(s) : Janna Little
Children : Elizabeth
Alma mater : Miami University (B.A.)
Religion : Roman Catholicism
Paul Ryan Born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan earned a B.A. degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio. Following his studies, he worked as an aide to United States Senator Bob Kasten of Wisconsin, as legislative director for Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, and as a speechwriter for former U.S. Representative and 1996 Republican vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp of New York. In 1998, Ryan won election to the United States House of Representatives, succeeding the two-term incumbent, fellow Republican Mark Neumann. He is now in his seventh term.
Paul Ryan currently chairs the House Budget Committee, where he has played a prominent role in the Republican Party's budget proposals. As an alternative to the 2012 budget proposal of President Barack Obama, Ryan introduced a plan, The Path to Prosperity, in April 2011 which included significant changes to Medicare. He then helped introduce the similar The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal in March 2012, in response to Obama's 2013 budget. Ryan is one of the three co-founders of the Young Guns Program, an electoral recruitment and campaign effort by House Republicans. On August 11, 2012, Ryan was chosen by Mitt Romney to be his vice presidential running mate
The youngest child of Elizabeth A. "Betty" (née Hutter) and Paul Murray Ryan, a lawyer. He is of Irish and German ancestry, and is a fourth-generation Wisconsin native. His great-grandfather, Patrick William Ryan (1858–1917), founded the Ryan Incorporated Central construction business in 1884. Ryan's grandfather was appointed U.S. Attorney for Western Wisconsin by then-President Calvin Coolidge
Since Paul Ryan shares his first name with his father and to avoid confusion while growing up he went by the nickname, "P.D." (Paul Davis) but it was often mistaken for 'Petey' making Ryan dislike it.Ryan was only 16 when he found his father lying in bed dead. Ryan's father, grandfather and great-grandfather all died from heart attacks at ages 55, 57 and 59 respectively, which inspired his later interest in health and exercise. After his father's death, Ryan's grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, moved in with his family and he helped care for her. His father’s death provided Ryan with Social Security benefits until his 18th birthday, which he used to pay for his education at Miami University of Ohio.
Ryan married Janna Little, a tax attorney, in December 2000 She was living in Arlington, Virginia, when Ryan met her and is a cousin of Democratic U.S. Representative from Oklahoma Dan Boren. An Oklahoma native, she is a graduate of Wellesley College and George Washington University Law School. The outdoors-loving Ryan proposed to her at a favorite fishing spot, Big St. Germain Lake in northern Wisconsin. The Ryans live in Janesville, Wisconsin, with their three children Elizabeth Anne, Charles Wilson, and Samuel Lowery. Ryan is Roman Catholic and is a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
Ryan, a fitness enthusiast, promotes fitness as a daily routine for young people. Ryan, whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather all died of heart attacks in their 50s, has said he is careful about what he eats, performs an intense cross-training routine known as P90X most mornings, and has made close to 40 climbs of Colorado's Fourteeners (14,000-foot peaks). Ryan is a hunter and fisherman who makes his own bratwurst and Polish sausage. He is also a bowhunter and a member of his town's archery association, the Janesville Bowmen. Ryan is a fan of the Green Bay Packers.
On August 10, 2012, it was announced that presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney would be announcing his choice for Vice Presidential running-mate in Norfolk, Virginia, with most news sources reporting that Ryan would be his running-mate. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and Ohio Senator Rob Portman were told that they would not be picked, according to GOP sources. On August 11, shortly after 7 a.m.,[clarification needed] the Romney campaign officially announced Ryan as its choice for Vice President through its mobile app titled "Mitt's VP", as well as the social networking service Twitter, about 90 minutes before Romney's in-person introduction. As Romney introduced Ryan, he billed him as the "next President of the United States", and then corrected his error. Before the official announcement in Norfolk, it was reported that Romney had decided to choose Ryan on August 1, 2012, the day after returning from his foreign trip through the United Kingdom, Poland and Israel. On August 11, 2012, Ryan formally accepted Romney's invitation to join his campaign as his running mate, in front of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia.