Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) this week was elected as the 54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Following former Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) surprise announcement last month that he would resign from Congress, the GOP conference in the House coalesced around Speaker Ryan in recent days. Mr. Ryan is serving his ninth term in the U.S. House and was most recently Chairman of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee. Prior to that the Wisconsin Republican chaired the House Budget Committee and he was the 2012 Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States. Before coming to Congress as a Representative, Mr. Ryan served in Washington under Senator Bob Kasten (R-WI) on the Senate Small Business Committee, at the think tank Empower America for former Congressman Jack Kemp (R-NY), and as legislative director on the staff of then-Congressman Sam Brownback (R-KS).
A more detailed biography is available here.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: October 30 , 2015