"Exploiting people's emotions of fear, envy and anxiety is not hope, it's not change, it's partisanship. We don't need partisanship. We don't need demagoguery, we need solutions."
— Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan
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Biological Information
Name Paul Ryan
Gender Male
Race Caucasian
Age 43
Political Information
Office Representative
Party Republican
State Wisconsin
Predecessor Mark Neumann
Successor Bryan Steil
Greatest Accomplishments Writing of "Path to Prosperity", Chair of House Budget CMTE, GOP VP Nominee

Paul Ryan is a former U.S. Representative of Wisconsin's 1st district. He also was the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States for the 2012 Presidential Election.

Personality Edit

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Paul and Janna Ryan with their children

While many Democrats disagree with Mr. Ryan on ideology, not one can find fault in his character. Paul Ryan is an honest, stand-up guy who doesn't demonize his opponents. He constantly takes the high route and remains mature in political discussion, determined to find a solution. Ryan is Catholic, and is married with three great kids.

History Edit

Early Life Edit

Paul Davis Ryan was born on January 29, 1970 in Janesville, Wisconsin to Paul Ryan Sr. and Betty Ryan. He was the youngest of four with two older brothers, Tobin and Stan, and one older sister, Janet. [1] His father died of a heat attack when he was only 16.[2] Ryan attended Joseph A. Craig High School and earned a degree in political science and economics at University of Miami (Ohio), graduating in 1992.[3] During college he not only interned on Capitol Hill but waitered at Tortilla Coast restaurant.[4]

After graduating, he began working as a marketing consultant for a Wisconsin construction company, then became legislative aides for Senator Bob Kasten, Senator Sam Brownback, and eventually Congressman Jack Kemp, who Ryan calls his "mentor".[5][6] At one point, Ryan worked as a speechwriter for Education Secretary William Bennett.[7] It is rumored that the writings of Ayn Rand may have helped spark Ryan's interest in politics at that age, even though he disagrees with her view on individualist philosophy. In fact, the Congressman required that his staff read her literature.[8]

Political Career Edit

In 1999, at the age of 28, Paul Ryan entered the U.S. House of Representatives, being the youngest member of the freshmen class.[9] This came after he won 57% of the vote to his opponent's 43%.[10] Paul has never won over less than 50% of the electorate and has only received less than 60% once, during the 1998 general election.[11] This is most likely because voters were not yet sure if they could rely on a man as young as Ryan. They soon learned that they could.


Ryan gave the 2011 GOP response to the State of the Union Address

Ryan sits on the House Ways and Means Committee and is Chairman of the Budget Committee.[12] In January 2010, Rep. Ryan endured relentless attacks from the left because he was brave enough to do what most politicians won't, strive to cut the deficit. He unveiled the "Roadmap For America's Future", which would not only eliminate the deficit but also reform to preserve entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security.[13] Democrats saw this as an opportunity to attack the Congressman and make it seem like, instead of trying to reform entitlements, he wanted to get rid of them completely. They won't so far as to make a television ad depicting Ryan throwing an elderly woman off of a cliff.[14] Paul Ryan himself accurately sums up the consequences of trying to reform entitlements: "Look, of course people are scared of entitlement reform because every time you put entitlement reform out there, the other party uses it as a political weapon against you."


Mitt Romney announces Ryan as his running mate

On August 11, 2012, Governor Mitt Romney announced that Ryan would be his running mate in the 2012 Presidential election.[15] If they are successful, Paul Ryan will become the Vice President of the United States. Immediately, the Obama campaign released an attack on and went on the offensive, trying to paint Ryan as someone who wants to harm seniors and students. Interestingly enough, the Ryan plan would not affect seniors and would preserve Social Security for the younger generation. 17 days later, he officially became the nominee of the Republican Party for Vice President at the Republican National Convention.[16] The ticket lost to incumbent President Barack Obama on November 6, 2012.

Mr. Ryan returned to the House to become chairman of the Budget Committee for another term, and he played a major role in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations that took place in December. On January 1, he joined Speaker Boehner, Senate Minority Leader McConnell, and other Republicans in voting for a deal written by Senator McConnell and Vice President Biden and approved by the Senate. The deal abandons the conservative cause, raising taxes by $620 billion and adding $4 trillion to the national debt, and conservative Americans, particularly those in the TEA Party, are outraged at the Republicans who voted "yes."[17] Ryan justified his vote by saying he "came to Congress to make tough decisions, not run away from them."[18]

Political Positions and Stances Edit

Abortion Edit

  • Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortions.
  • Against expanding stem cell research
  • In favor of banning public funding of Planned Parenthood
  • Grant pre-born equal protection under the 14th Amendment.[19]

American Culture and Values Edit

  • Thinker of the Young Guns program
  • Is staunchly Catholic
  • Realizes that separation of Church and State protects religion from government, not the other way around.[20]

Economics Edit

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Rep. Ryan uses facts against Ben Bernanke

  • Favors Balanced Budget Amendment
  • We should freeze spending now, rather than those in future budget.
  • We must reform Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security to preserve them.
  • Americans of the age 55 or older would not be affected by the Ryan budget, despite what Liberals say.
  • Terminate the Home Affordable mortgage program.[21]
  • Eliminate the death tax.
  • Supports the "no new taxes" pledge
  • Get rid of the marriage penalty.
  • Make Bush tax cuts permanent.[22]
  • Invest 50% of FICA in personal accounts.
  • Voted NO on strengthening Social Security Lockbox[23]
  • Add 8.5% business consumption tax instead of taxing profit.
  • Voted NO on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation, YES on allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation.
  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment.[24]

Education Edit

  • Reauthorize the DC opportunity scholarship program.
  • Opposes special, unfair grants to Black/Hispanic colleges[25]

Energy and Oil Edit

Ryan charts

Ryan is a huge fan of graphs

  • Open outer continental shelf to drilling.
  • Voted NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets.
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation.[26]

Foreign Policy Edit

  • America is the most pro-human idea ever conceived.
  • Opposed supporting certain democratic institutions in Pakistan
  • Supports cooperating with India as a nuclear power
  • Against deterring foreign arms transfers to China
  • Voted NO on spending 15.2 billion dollars on foreign operations
  • Committed to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond
  • Acknowledge Armenian Genocide as official U.S. policy
  • Supports multi-year commitment to Africa for food and supplies[27]

Global Warming and Environment Edit

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Paul with his children Elizabeth and Charles

  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting.
  • The EPA should not regulate greenhouse gases.
  • Make tax deductions for conservation easements permanent.[28]

Government Roles Edit

  • Government is not responsible for solving every social problem.
  • Limited government is necessary for individual freedom.
  • Supports line-item veto
  • Opposed to Senate pay-raise
  • Supports giving DC an electoral vote and vote in Congress, even though it's overwhelmingly Liberal
  • Supports requirement of photo ID for voting in federal elections
  • Restrict frivolous law suits.
  • Prohibit non-legislated earmarks.
  • Against recess appointments without Congressional approval
  • All laws should be required to cite Constitutional authorization.[29]

Health Care Edit


Path to American Prosperity

  • Open-ended healthcare entitlement moves US toward bankruptcy.
  • Opposes Obamacare
  • While Democrats say the Ryan plan ends Health Care "as we know it", Ryan argues that it is already ended with IPAB, a board of 15 unelectable bureaucrats making the health care decisions of all Americans.
  • Limit medical malpractice suits.
  • Voted NO as regulating tobacco as a drug.[30]

Immigration Edit

  • Supports Mexican border fence
  • Voted NO on extending Immigrant Residency rules
  • Opposes amnesty[31]

National Security Edit

  • Voted YES on extending PATRIOT Act
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations.[32]

Same Sex Marriage Edit

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Ryan challenges Obama on Health Care

  • Prohibit job discrimination against homosexuals.
  • Supports Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage[33]
  • Supports gay adoptions. [34]

Second Amendment Rights Edit

  • Supports elimination of gun ban in Washington, D.C.
  • Rated A by NRA
  • Voted YES on lowering gun waiting period from 3 to 1 days[35]

Accomplishments Edit

  • Elected to Congress at 28
  • Chairs House Budget Committee
  • Republican Nominee for Vice President

Quotes Edit

"A free economy and strong communities honor the dignity of every person, rewarding effort with justice, promoting upward mobility, and building solidarity among citizens."

"Are we interested in treating the symptoms of poverty and economic stagnation through income redistribution and class warfare, or do we want to go at the root causes of poverty and economic stagnation by promoting pro-growth policies that promote prosperity?"

"I don't consult polls to tell me what my principles are or what our policies should be."

"If borrowing and spending all this money led to more jobs than we would be at full employment already."

"If we don't make tough decisions today our children are going to have to make much, much tougher decisions tomorrow."

"Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature's God, not from government."

"We believe, as our founders did, that 'the pursuit of happiness' depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government."

Trivia Edit

  • Listens to Beethoven
  • Leads P90X workout sessions in Congress
  • Turned his truck into an office-on-wheels so he could talk to rural constituents
  • Favorite hobby is fly-fishing
  • Member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity[36]

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