Paul Ryan Fast Facts

Rep. Paul Ryan

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.