34 Facts About Speaker Ryan

1. Speaker Ryan was re-elected to the Senate and the GOP maintained majorities in the House and Senate.

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2. Speaker Ryan beat his Democratic opponent, Rob Zerban, winning more than 63 percent of the vote.

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3. Speaker Ryan has one sister, Janet, and two brothers, Tobin and Stan.

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4. Speaker Ryan left office at the end of 2018, and Democrat Nancy Pelosi took over as House speaker.

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5. Speaker Ryan was the leader of the House for Trump's first two years in office and worked closely with the President on legislative priorities during that period of unified Republican government.

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6. Speaker Ryan married Janna Christine Little, a tax attorney, in December 2000.

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7. Speaker Ryan required staffers and interns in his congressional office to read Rand and gave copies of her novel Atlas Shrugged as gifts to his staff for Christmas.

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8. Speaker Ryan is disgracing Article 1 of the Constitution, and as a result, more [Yemeni] children will die.

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9. Speaker Ryan supported US involvement in the Saudi Arabian–led intervention in Yemen and used his power to block a House vote on the war in Yemen.

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10. Speaker Ryan condemned President Barack Obama's decision not to block a UN resolution criticizing Israeli settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories as "absolutely shameful".

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11. Speaker Ryan supports tax incentives for the petroleum industry and opposes them for renewable energy.

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12. Speaker Ryan supports school vouchers, and supported the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001 and its repeal the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015.

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13. Speaker Ryan supports block granting Medicaid to the states and the privatization of social security and Medicare.

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14. Speaker Ryan supports deregulation, including the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act of 1999, which repealed some financial regulation of banks from the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933.

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15. In 2012, Speaker Ryan voted against the Simpson-Bowles commission proposal to reduce the deficit, because the proposal raised taxes and failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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16. Speaker Ryan formally accepted his nomination at the 2012 Republican National Convention on August 29, 2012.

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17. Speaker Ryan is the first individual from Wisconsin as well as the first member of Generation X to run on a major party's national ticket.

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18. Speaker Ryan maintains a mobile office to serve constituents in outlying areas.

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19. The only public meetings Speaker Ryan attended in his district required an admission fee of at least $15.

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20. Speaker Ryan made personal contact with GM executives to try to convince them to save or retool the plant, offering GM hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer-funded incentives.

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21. Speaker Ryan was an active member of a task force established by Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle that tried unsuccessfully to persuade General Motors to keep its assembly plant in Janesville open.

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22. In 2012, Speaker Ryan supported a request for $3.8 million from the Department of Transportation for a new transit center in Janesville, which city officials received in July.

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23. Speaker Ryan has earned that place in history through unrelenting cowardice as the Speaker of the House.

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24. Speaker Ryan supported Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, and did not support legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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25. Speaker Ryan provided political cover for Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, who many characterized as a source of the dysfunction in the committee as it investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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26. Speaker Ryan is the youngest person elected speaker since James G Blaine became speaker in 1869.

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27. Speaker Ryan voted against the final report of the commission.

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28. Speaker Ryan became the ranking Republican member of the House Budget Committee in 2007, then chairman in 2011 after Republicans took control of the House.

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29. Speaker Ryan was reelected with 55 percent of his district's vote and 44 percent of the vote in his hometown, Janesville.

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30. In 2012, under Wisconsin election law, Speaker Ryan was allowed to run concurrently for vice president and for Congress and was not allowed to remove his name from the Congressional ballot after being nominated for the vice presidency.

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31. Speaker Ryan was a member of the Delta Tau Delta social fraternity.

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32. Speaker Ryan was a member of the College Republicans, and volunteered for the congressional campaign of John Boehner.

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33. Speaker Ryan participated in several academic and social clubs including the Model United Nations.

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34. Speaker Ryan was the 2012 vice presidential nominee of the Republican Party, running alongside Mitt Romney.

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