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.

Wisconsin Republicans once put up a good fight to keep Donald Trump off the 2016 GOP ticket. Now that he’s president, some conservatives fear the state GOP is starting to look more and more Trumpian. Read more

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For four decades Isthmus has been putting together below-the-belt annual rewards for bad behavior. Not surprisingly, there is never a shortage of material. Read more

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Randy Bryce inspired people across the country with his spirited blue collar campaign for Paul Ryan’s seat. Although the effort fell short, he and his supporters vow: “We’re just getting started.” Read more

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Paul Ryan clearly loathed Donald Trump. He had the chance to stand up to the president, saving the country and his own party at the same time. But he didn’t. Read more

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

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


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. Read more

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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.” Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more



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

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more



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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. Read more

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

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Jennifer Leaver

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