Paul Ryan Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Paul Ryan, speaker of the US House of Representatives.

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 the case that the president could no longer serve, the vice president would serve as president. If the vice president could not serve, the line of succession would fall to the speaker of the House.
    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 US House of Representatives for the 1st District of Wisconsin. Ryan is re-elected in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.
    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 by Ryan in the midst of the 16-day 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."
    January 6, 2015-October 29, 2015 - Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means.
    October 28, 2015 - House Republicans nominate Ryan for speaker of the House.
    November 8, 2016 - Ryan wins re-election to the House, defeating Democrat Ryan Solen 65% to 32%.
    April 11, 2018 - Announces he is not seeking re-election and will retire from Congress in January of 2019.