Here's a look at the life of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, a Republican representing the state's 1st District.
Birth date: January 29, 1970
Birth place: Janesville, Wisconsin
Birth name: Paul Davis Ryan
Father: Paul M. Ryan, an attorney
Mother: Elizabeth "Betty" (Hutter) Ryan Douglas
Marriage: Janna (Little) Ryan (December 2, 2000-present)
Children: Liza; Charlie; Sam
Education: Miami University (Ohio), B.A., 1992
Religion: Roman Catholic
Ryan's father died of a heart attack when Ryan was 16.
Double-majored in economics and political science at Miami University (Ohio).
Ryan is a fitness buff and enjoys bow hunting.
1992 - Legislative aide to Senator Robert Kasten of Wisconsin.
1993-1995 - Staff assistant and speechwriter for the Empower America think tank, which was co-founded by Rep. Jack Kemp (R-NY).
1995-1997 - Legislative director for Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas.
November 3, 1998 - Is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the 1st District of Wisconsin. Ryan is re-elected in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
2011-2014 - Chairman of the House Budget Committee.
August 11, 2012 - Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney announces Ryan as his choice for vice presidential running mate.
August 17, 2012 - Released tax documents show that Ryan and his wife earned $323,416 in 2011 and paid an effective tax rate of 20%.
November 6, 2012 - The Romney-Ryan ticket is defeated in the general election by the Obama-Biden ticket, but Ryan wins an eighth term representing Wisconsin's 1st District.
October 8, 2013 - The Wall Street Journal publishes an op-ed piece by Ryan in the midst of the 16-day-long government shutdown, in which Ryan discusses the challenges of reaching a budget agreement.
December 2013 - Ryan and Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray strike a budget deal that avoids a shutdown until 2015. It passes the House 332-94 and the Senate 64-36 and is signed by President Barack Obama.
July 24, 2014 - Ryan releases a 73-page plan to fight poverty, called "Expanding Opportunity in America."
November 4, 2014 - Ryan wins re-election to the House, defeating Democrat Rob Zerban 63% to 37%.
2015-present - Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means.