(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, a republican representing the state's 1st District.
Personal: 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
Other Facts: 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.
In addition to being chairman of the House Budget Committee, also a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Subcommittee on Health.
Timeline: 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 and 2012.
2011-present - Chairman of the House Budget Committee.
March 29, 2012 - Ryan's 2013 budget proposal is passed by the Republican controlled House, 228-191. The budget plan is later defeated in the Senate, 57-40.
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.