Paul Ryan

Paul Davis Ryan (born January 29, 1970) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who has served as the United States Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district since 1999 and as Chairman of the House Budget Committee since 2011. He was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election.

On August 11, 2012, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced that he had selected Ryan to be his vice-presidential running mate. Ryan was officially nominated at the Republican convention in Tampa on August 29, 2012. On November 6, 2012, Romney and Ryan were defeated in the general election by the incumbents Barack Obama and Joe Biden, although Ryan won reelection to his congressional seat.

Short-term gain for Paul Ryan and long-term win for Randy Bryce? more

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM , Cartoons


David Michael Miller

When you have a president with an approval rating below 40 percent, odds are good, even if Republican Paul Ryan wins. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion

House Speaker Paul Ryan is in his 20th year in Congress with a seemingly indomitable record at the ballot box. But ironworker Randy Bryce is unlike anyone who has ever challenged him. more

Sep 28, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 5 Comments

Charlie Sykes is dumbfounded by accusations that his opposition to Trump is driven by expediency. While Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus moved into positions of influence, Sykes is out in the cold. “An opportunist goes with the power, not into exile.” more

Sep 14, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 6 Comments


David Michael Miller

For years, Paul Ryan remained popular at home — thanks, in part, to a press that anointed him a serious policy wonk. As speaker, pushing unpopular legislation under an unpopular president, he is in the spotlight in a way he has never been before. more

Jun 15, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Loyalty to President Donald Trump could hurt the careers of two of Wisconsin’s most powerful Republicans - Reince Priebus, chief of staff for the President, and House Speaker Paul Ryan. more

Jun 8, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

President Donald Trump once supported single-payer health care. Now that Trumpcare has collapsed, some progressives are hoping to get him back on board. more

Mar 31, 2017 1:19 PM Democracy in Crisis


David Michael Miller

President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to “buy American and hire Americans.” But House Speaker Paul Ryan is balking at a proposal from Sen. Tammy Baldwin that would do just that. more

Jan 5, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments


Dylan Brogan

Things got weird at U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s annual Fall Fest rally. Wisconsin Republicans are still backing Donald Trump. They just won’t say his name. more

Oct 9, 2016 6:26 PM News 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

Depending on how you look at it, Paul Ryan’s endorsement of Donald Trump was either a smart calibration or the coward’s way out. Now Ryan will have to live with his choice. more

Jun 6, 2016 10:23 AM Citizen Dave


Dylan Brogan

Speaker Paul Ryan is being challenged by Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen in the Aug. 9 primary. Nehlen has made opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership the centerpiece of his campaign. more

Jun 2, 2016 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

Sure insane ideas continue to come out of the legislative majority. But there are some kernels of hope and reasons for joy in this holiday season. For starters, Wisconsinites don’t like fascists. more

Dec 29, 2015 5:00 AM Citizen Dave 1 Comments

The Wisconsin congressman may actually want to govern, unlike the members of the Freedom Caucus. Maybe he can get our government functioning again. more

Oct 28, 2015 9:05 AM Citizen Dave 1 Comments


Jennifer Leaver

Blue-collar Janesville feels abandoned by its conservative congressman. more

Oct 9, 2014 1:00 PM News

No one is more opposed to the Affordable Care Act -- a.k.a. Obamacare -- than the Republican members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation. The state's five GOP reps -- Paul Ryan, James Sensenbrenner, Tom Petri, Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble -- have r more

Oct 9, 2013 3:33 AM News

The media has anointed him a policy wiz, but none of his numbers add up. more

Mar 28, 2013 2:00 PM Opinion

While Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) was enjoying his red carpet moment with his tea party fans at the opening of "The Ax: The Paul Ryan Budget Part III in 3-D," back home in Wisconsin reality was setting in. more

Mar 14, 2013 2:00 PM Opinion


Gregg Segal/TIME

The Republican U.S. representative from Janesville was tapped as Mitt Romney's running mate in August. Thus began an ill-starred campaign... more

Dec 27, 2012 3:00 PM People