Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Paul Ryan was the 54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. In office from October 2015 to January 2019, he was the youngest speaker in nearly 150 years.
During his tenure as Speaker, Ryan spearheaded efforts to reform our nation’s tax code, rebuild our national defense, expand domestic energy production, combat the opioid epidemic, reform our criminal justice system, and promote economic opportunity.
As Speaker, he advanced bipartisan legislation to create an Evidence-Based Policy Commission that brought together leading researchers and social scientists to conduct an inventory of the data the government collects and to determine the best methods for policymakers to make use of that information. This improved access to data, improved privacy for Americans and enhanced the government's capacity to generate and use evidence.
As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee he worked to protect health care choices, advance free trade, and strengthen the economy. Before that, Ryan served as chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he outlined revolutionary blueprints to balance the federal budget and pay off the national debt.
In 2012, he was selected to serve as Governor Mitt Romney’s Vice-Presidential nominee. Ryan was first elected to Congress at age 28, and represented Wisconsin’s First District for two decades.
In 2019, Ryan was named to the Board of Directors of the Fox Corporation. He was also named a professor-of-the-practice at the University of Notre Dame, teaching political science and economics during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Paul currently resides near his childhood home in Janesville, Wisconsin with his wife Janna and their three children: Liza, Charlie, and Sam. He holds a degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio and was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the University.