Anyone who is familiar with politics in the United States would certainly not find the name Paul Ryan to be strange. Since January 1999, Ryan, a member of the Republican party, has been a member of the lower chamber of the United States Congress as a representative of Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district.
Paul Ryan was elected as the 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives on October 29, 2015, and he became the first Wisconsin native to be elected to that position. Prior to that, he participated in the 2012 US elections as the running mate of Mitt Romney, the presidential nominee of the Republican party.
On April 11, 2018, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced his retirement from Congressional politics stating that he will not seek reelection. According to him, his reasons for quitting have to do with his family. However, critics are of the opinion that Ryan is quitting as a result of frustrations with the Trump administration.
Paul Ryan Bio – Age
Paul Davis Ryan Jr. was born on January 29, 1970, into one of the most prominent families in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin. His father Paul Ryan Sr. was a successful lawyer and his mother Elizabeth “Betty” Ryan was a stay-at-home mom.
The young Ryan had his early education at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Janesville. His political office history dates back to his days in Joseph A. Craig High School. He was elected as class president during his junior year in which capacity he sat on the school board as a representative of the students. Ryan was very active as a teenager as he participated in several sporting activities as well as academic and social clubs.
At the age of 16, the young Ryan lost his father. After the death of Paul Davis Ryan Sr., his mother remarried, to a man named Bruce Douglas and thus she adopted the name Elizabeth Ryan Douglas. She became a working mom and also went back to school to study interior design. Paul Ryan Jr. also worked odd jobs to support the family. He has 3 older siblings; brothers Charles and Samuel and sister Elizabeth.
Paul Ryan had his college education at the Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He was a Republican and as a member of the College Republican National Committee, he served as a volunteer during the campaign of former Speaker John Boehner. He graduated with a degree in economics and political science in 1992. Ryan went on to intern as a legislative aide at the D.C. office of the then Republican Senator from Wisconsin, Bob Kasten.
Paul Ryan was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1998 leading to an uninterrupted 10-tenure stint in Congress. In 2012, Ryan ran concurrently for vice president and for Congress.
Following the retirement of former US House Speaker John Boehner, Paul Ryan was elected as 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives on October 29, 2015, a position he accepted with reluctance. Ryan announced his own retirement from Congress on April 11, 2018.
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His Family, Wife and Daughter
Paul Ryan is currently married to Janna Christine Ryan (née Little). The couple tied the knot way back on December 2, 2000, in Oklahoma City.
Janna Ryan graduated cum laude with a degree in Spanish from Wellesley College. Upon graduation, she proceeded to George Washington University Law School. She worked as a tax attorney and corporate lobbyist in Washington. However, after their marriage, she left her blossoming career and relocated to Janesville, Wisconsin to start her family.
Paul Ryan has 3 children with his wife Janna Little; a daughter named Elizabeth “Liza” Anne and 2 sons named Charles Wilson and Samuel Lowery. Liza Ryan is the only daughter of the astute Republican politician. Born in 2002, Liza Ryan is the oldest of Paul Ryan’s 3 children. Charles Wilson Ryan was born in 2003 and Samuel Lowery was born in November 2004.
Paul Ryan cited his family as the major reason for his retirement from Congress. According to him, he needs more time with his teenage kids and also to relieve his wife of the enormous parenting burden she has had to shoulder over the years.
Is Paul Ryan Gay?
If his relationship history is anything to go by, then we can assume that Congressman Paul Ryan is not gay. He has never admitted to being gay and has been married to a woman since 2000. Prior to his marriage, Ryan was known to have been in a relationship with another woman named Deneeta Pope who was his college girlfriend.
However, owing to his long stint as a politician, his views about the LGBT community have always been in the public domain. During his early years in Congress, he voted against same-sex marriage. However, Ryan has stated his support for child adoption by gay couples, even though he is still opposed to same-sex marriages.
Height, How Tall Is He?
Unfortunately for Paul Ryan, his father and grandfather both passed away in their 50s. For this reason, right from his college days, he has always pursued a lifestyle of adequate exercise and healthy diet. Even his busy political career has never made him deviate from it.
Consequently, the man has maintained an athletic figure. While he’s 6′ 1″ in height, he’s physically strong, fit, and active.