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Paul Ryan
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62nd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Assumed office
October 29, 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by John Boehner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 1999
Preceded by Mark Neumann
Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – October 29, 2015
Preceded by Dave Camp
Succeeded by Sam Johnson (Acting)
Chairman of the House Budget Committee
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by John Spratt
Succeeded by Tom Price
Personal details
Born Paul Davis Ryan
January 29, 1970 (1970-01-29) (age 49)
Janesville, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Janna Little
Children 3
Alma mater Miami University
Religion Roman Catholicism
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Paul Davis Ryan (born June 29, 1970) is an American politician. He has been the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives since October 29, 2015. He is a member of U.S. House of Representatives since 1999. He is also the House Budget Committee chairman since 2015.

Ryan also served as Chairman of the House Budget Committee from 2011 to 2015. He was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election. On October 22, 2015, Ryan said he was going to run for Speaker of the United States to succeeded John Boehner. He was elected on October 29 and shortly afterwards became speaker.

Early life

Ryan was born in Janesville, Wisconsin. His parents were Elizabeth A. "Judy" (née Hutter) and Paul Murray Ryan. Ryan studied at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His father died of a heart attack when Ryan was in his teenage years. His grandmother moved in shortly afterwards because she had Alzheimer's disease.

United States representative (1999-present)

Ryan was first elected to the House in 1999, winning the 1st District seat of Mark Neumann, a two-term incumbent who had vacated his seat to make an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate. Ryan won the Republican primary over 29-year-old pianist Michael J. Logan of Twin Lakes

Ryan became the ranking Republican member of the House Budget Committee in 2008, then chairman in 2012 after Republicans took control of the House. That same year he was selected to deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union address.

During his 12 years in the House, Ryan has sponsored more than 70 bills or amendments, of which two were enacted into law. One, passed in July 2000, renamed a post office in Ryan's district; the other, passed in December 2009, lowered the excise tax on arrow shafts. Ryan has also co-sponsored 975 bills, of which 176 have passed. 22 percent of these bills were originally sponsored by Democrats.

In 2010, Ryan was a member of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Bowles-Simpson Commission), which was tasked with developing a plan to reduce the federal deficit. He voted against the final report of the commission.

In 2012, Ryan accused the nation's top military leaders of using "smoke and mirrors" to remain under budget limits passed by Congress. Ryan later said that he misspoke on the issue and called General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to apologize for his comments.

As of mid-2012, Ryan had been on seven trips abroad as part of a congressional delegation.

Speaker of the House (2015-present)

On October 9, 2015, after the resignation of Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ryan confirmed that he might run for speaker. Ryan confirmed on October 22 that he would seek the speakership after receiving the endorsements of two factions of House Republicans, including the conservative Freedom Caucus. On October 29, Ryan was elected Speaker with 236 votes. He is the youngest Speaker since James G. Blaine in 1875.

Other political activities

2012 vice presidential bid

On August 11, 2012, he was selected by Republican Party Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney for Vice Presidential Candidate of the 2012 Presidential election. He lost the election to Joe Biden.

Personal life

Ryan is currently married to Jenna Little. They have three children. Before entering into politics, Ryan worked as a fitness instructor. He was also a speechwriter for New York congressman Jack Kemp during the early 1990s.

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