Paul Ryan

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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Paul D. Ryan, Jr. has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the First Congressional District of Wisconsin, since 1999.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Ryan voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that provided Congressional authorization for the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


Ryan refused to respond to citizens on issues through the National Political Awareness Test (NPAT).[2]


Ryan has consistently supported the National Right to Life Committee [3], while not supporting Planned Parenthood [4] or NARAL Pro-Choice America [5], displaying a strong stance against abortion. He voted for a bill that would require women seeking abortions after 20 weeks to be informed of the possible pain their fetus would undergo in the case of an abortion (12/06/2006).


Ryan voted twice in support of the No Child Left Behind Act.[6] He believes that "we must continue to make fiscally responsible reforms while improving student achievement"[7] He voted against a bill which proposed to lower interest rates on student loans for college students [8], but for a bill that proposed fuller disclosure of the costs of college.

Gun Control

Ryan has no official statement on his website about gun issues [1]. He voted against a bill that proposed to extend the time for background checks for those attempting to purchase guns. [2] He voted for an amendment that prohibited funds in the bill from being used to enforce a law requiring guns to be sold with trigger locks. [3] He voted yes to a bill that prohibited lawsuits against gun manufacturers for for harm caused by criminal or unlawful misuse [4].


Ryan supports tighter border security, and voted for the Secure Fence Act [5]. He wants to document the illegal immigrants currently in the U.S., and "find a way to bring these immigrants out from the underground while maintaining the rule of law." [6]. However, he also supports increased numbers of seasonal labor visas for workers. [7]

Social Security

Ryan voted for the Social Security Protection Act of 2003 [8], designed to help the Social Security Administration's ability to protect it's program. He is working for reform, in particular limiting the ability of other branches of government to appropriate Social Security surplus funds, because the surplus will disappear as the Baby Boomers age. [9]

In 2004, he introduced a reform bill [10] that would allow workers to shift a large portion of their Social Security payroll tax to financial index funds managed by private investment firms. Individuals exercising the private investment option would still receive SS benefits based only on the past amount they already paid into the traditional system. Critics argue that Ryan's plan would eventually defund traditional SS by discouraging participation at the expense of added risk for the promise of greater returns. Thereby circumventing the primary purpose and original intent of Social Security.



Ryan was born January 29, 1970 in Janesville, Wisconsin. He graduated from Joseph A. Craig High School and later he attended Miami University in Ohio before entering the family business in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Ryan worked as an aide to U.S. Senator Bob Kasten in 1992 and as legislative director for Sam Brownback of Kansas from 1995 to 1997. He served as a speech writer at Empower America to Jack Kemp and William Bennett.

Congressional Career

He was first elected to the House in 1998 at the age of 28 running as a conservative in a heavily Democratic congressional district, when he defeated highly-profiled Lydia Spottswood 57%–42% to inherit the seat left by Mark Neumann.

He defeated perennial candidate Jeff Thomas in 2000, 2002 and 2004 by margins of 65%–34%, 67%–31% and 60%–38%. He was re-elected in 2008 by defeating Marge Krupp 64% to 36% of the vote.

2006 congressional elections

Ryan defeated Democrat Jeffrey Thomas to retain his seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Northwestern Mutual$ 99,340
Assurant Inc$ 38,900
Delaware North Companies$ 36,200
USAA$ 22,000
Carlyle Group$ 21,200
Koch Industries$ 20,400
Scoggin Capital Management$ 20,400
Tamarack Petroleum$ 19,800
Affiliated Managers Group$ 18,100
Wells Fargo$ 17,900
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Paul Ryan
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 110th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Member, Ducks Unlimited
  • Member, Janesville Bowmen, Incorporated
  • Board of Directors, Rock County Junior Achievement
  • Member, Saint Mary's Parish

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Paul Ryan. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 1233 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3031 Fax: 202-225-3393
    Webform email
District offices
  • 20 South Main Street, Suite 10, Janesville, WI 53545
    Ph: 608-752-4050 Fax: (none entered)
  • 5712 7th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
    Ph: 262-654-1901 Fax: (none entered)
  • 304 6th Street, Racine, WI 53403
    Ph: 262-637-0510 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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  • Ryan for Congress, P.O. Box 1919, Janesville, WI 53547
    Ph: (none entered) Fax: (none entered)

2008 Campaign Contact Information

Official Ryan for Congress website

Ryan for Congress
P.O. Box 1919
Janesville, WI 53547

Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. "Project Vote Smart page on Paul Ryan," Project Vote Smart.
  3. "Project Vote Smart National Right to Life Committee," Project Vote Smart
  4. "Project Vote Smart Planned Parenthood," Project Vote Smart
  5. "Project Vote Smart NARAL Pro-Choice," Project Vote Smart
  6. "Project Vote Smart Page on No Child Left Behind Act," Project Vote Smart
  7. Paul Ryan, "Representative Ryan Education Issue Paper," Office of U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan
  8. "Project Vote Smart Page on Student Loan Vote," Project Vote Smart

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