IT’S OFFICIAL! MITT ROMNEY PICKS PAUL RYAN FOR VICE PRESIDENT
Mitt Romney‘s presidential campaign officially announced this morning that the candidate has selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, ending months of speculation approximately who Romney would name as his vice president.
The news of Romney’s vice presidential choice, which broke last night, was confirmed this morning, first by the campaign’s “Mitt’s VP” app, & then by an official press release.
Romney & Ryan will formally announce their ticket in Norfolk Virginia at 9:00 a.m. this morning, on the deck of the USS Wisconsin.
Ryan, the 42-year-old chair of the House Budget Committee, is widely viewed as a bold — yet politically risky — pick. Ryan’s signature achievement is his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” a budget plan that seeks to reduce the federal deficit by dramatically reducing government spending & overhauling popular entitlement reforms.
The plan has made Ryan a rising star within the conservative movement, yet it is moreover viewed as potential political kryptonite because of its proposals to dramatically scale back Medicaid. But while putting Ryan on the ticket may donate the Obama campaign a huge target to shoot at, the Congressman gives the Romney campaign an ideological core & raison d’être that it has so far lacked.
Read the full campaign release below, including Ryan’s new campaign bio:
Mitt Romney today announced Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate. Below is Congressman Ryan’s biography:
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. He is Chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he has worked tirelessly leading the effort to reign in federal spending & increase accountability to taxpayers. He moreover serves on the House Ways & Means Committee, where he has focused on simplifying the tax code & making health care more affordable & accessible.
In January 2010, Ryan gained attention nationwide after unveiling his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” a proposal to eliminate the federal deficit, reform the tax code, & preserve entitlements for future generations.
Representative Ryan was born in Janesville, Wisconsin on January 29, 1970. A fifth-generation Wisconsin native, Ryan was the youngest of four children born to Paul Ryan Sr., who worked as an attorney, & Betty, a stay-at-home mom.
In April 2000, Ryan proposed to Janna Little, a native Oklahoman, at one of his favorite fishing spots, Big St. Germain Lake in Wisconsin. Later that year, the two were married in Oklahoma City.
The Ryans reside in Janesville with their three children, Liza, Charlie & Sam. The family are parishioners at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
Upon entering Congress in January of 1999, Ryan was the youngest member of the freshmen class at the age of 28. Prior to running for Congress, Ryan served as an aide to Republican Senators Robert Kasten Jr. & Sam Brownback, former U.S. Rep. & Vice Presidential Candidate Jack Kemp, & as a speechwriter for Education Secretary William Bennett.
Ryan is a graduate of Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville & earned degrees in economics & political science from Miami University in Ohio. He is an avid outdoorsman & is a member is of his local archery association, the Janesville Bowmen.