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Paul Ryan (R-WI-1st) Rep.

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 Paul Ryan - United States Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional districtBio: Paul Davis Ryan (born January 29, 1970) is an American politician, the United States Representative for Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, and the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election.[1][2] Born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan is a graduate of Miami University in Ohio. He worked as an aide to legislators Bob Kasten, Sam Brownback, and Jack Kemp, and as a speechwriter before winning election to the U.S. House in 1998. He is currently the chairman of the House Budget Committee.  Read his full bio from House.gov.

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  1. oportosanto April 29, 2016

    Well, that is the fact, many times we tend to forget that regardless our political colors it’s the future of the country we are talking about, so we should share common goals more than fighting so much.

  2. seupaulo April 28, 2016

    “If you pray, pray to one another. Republicans by the Democrats, Republicans and Democrats for not mean conversion, but rather prayers for a profound understanding,” he said. “Because we’re all in the same boat.” Ryan argued that differences are explicitly discussed and that the interests of the people guide the congressional activities. “Cynics will say that is not possible, but you better believe that we will try,” he said.

  3. oportosanto April 18, 2016

    @George Edwards, sadly that happens to every single politician that get in the chair of power. As soon as they get there they start slowly to align or else the system kicks them out.

  4. George Edwards April 12, 2016

    I have been a supporter of Paul Ryan for some time now, but I am a bit put off by his changing views. There was a time when he was a political outlier, but now it just seems that he is starting to ‘get in line’. Being the chairman of the house budget committee, he has some serious responsibilities on his shoulders. I just hope he is able to follow through.

  5. oportosanto April 11, 2016

    That’s the issue with many politicians, they have a twisted view of reality because most of the times they don’t live in the same reality we the population do live. The society is not just for the elites, far from it.

  6. turkeydragon April 9, 2016

    I hate when people change their beliefs to fit what will give them higher ratings at that time. Paul Ryan does that at will, and does it all the time. He had radical beliefs that got him bad press, so he “changed”, so people would like him more.

  7. Anonymous April 8, 2016

    Only time will tell which way Paul Ryan will swing. He still has many decades ahead of him in which he will be tempted by lobbyists and unscrupulous business men. That being said, he is an improvement on Boehner who wept almost every time he went on stage. One can only hope that Ryan won’t fall prey to the unreasonable demands of the far right.

  8. tskier01123 April 7, 2016

    Don’t know what to think of this guy. Hadn’t heard much about him since the election. In general I don’t really trust professional politicians though. They’re given too much too early and fall prey to corruption too easily. I love this site though, give me an opportunity to find out more about him. I’ll try to keep an open mind, but I just can’t trust the politicians!!

  9. jaspervance March 31, 2016

    As the man who decides what is introduced in congress, I hope he can stand up and be the house speaker that America needs and deserves. I think he has it in him, and I hope he comes through.

  10. GreenEggsAndSam March 29, 2016

    I have high hopes for him as Speaker of the House. I believe that he is a good man, and can do a great service to this country in this position. I only wish he were more friendly to healthcare for the poor, which could be greatly improved in this country without going to the extreme of making everyone pay for obamacare style insurance.

  11. MarkOfDavison March 28, 2016

    I think he is a good man, and his heart is in the right place. It is my hope that as speaker of the house, he is able to have a backbone, and not cave to what the President demands, but instead listen to the people. The house of representatives is the will and voice of the people, and as speaker, he is in a position to either help us, or hurt us.

  12. oportosanto March 23, 2016

    I think he has a great image as a politician and he’s definitely a very clever man, so I believe he has a bright future in politics. I think he will make a good leader if the opportunity comes.

  13. ZXD22 March 20, 2016

    Very smart man indeed. He has a very strong voice and people seem to enjoy listening to his words and thoughts. Does a good job of using his doings as a way to talk and that is one of the basics of taking charge, in this case taking leadership…

  14. zod93 March 17, 2016

    Ryan Paul is one of those people who are really, really justifying their thoughts and acts on their serious and strict christian beliefs.
    There is nothing wrong with that, as a humble man, but when a politician decides this way, that is questionable.

  15. Summertime January 25, 2016

    I’d say that although Paul Ryan seems like a very intelligent man, he’s incredible misguided in his attitude towards healthcare, taxes, and the like. I can only wish he’d take his Christian beliefs and actually apply them in his career…

  16. coolyfrost January 24, 2016

    Paul doesn’t seem like a bad person. However, the way he reacted during the President’s last State of the Union speech seemed laughable. He seemed to disagree with everything he said just with his expressions. There were also times where he didn’t get up and clap, which i just find to be disrespectful.

  17. tomservo January 23, 2016

    Ryan is one of the ultimate obstructors in Washington, creating gridlock so he can try to force his ideals on the American people. His views do not represent the majority of Americans these days, they represent a minority that is still clinging onto what they perceive as “the good ol’ days.” I am so disappointed he became speaker, but it’s not like there were a lot of great alternatives.

  18. sharatharadhya January 20, 2016

    I think he is doing a fair enough job. There are a lot of people who hate a person and love a person. It is nice to see that he has gained so much popularity in a very short period of time. Nobody is perfect and every person has some defect in his personality. Same goes to him. But he seems to be a nice guy. But some politicians trade their character in favour of power. Hope he doesn’t become that person in the future.

  19. Lynwood January 17, 2016

    I have been keeping up with Ryan since the beginning. He would be a good candidate for VP. You don’t hear much from him because he speaks with his actions and maintains a level head under pressure.

  20. Humble January 15, 2016

    Paul Ryan seems like an overall good guy but I feel like politics is so twisted and skewed that it is hard to know what the truth really is. So even though, he seems like a great guy, he could very well be hiding his true colors.

  21. Jasmine2015 January 14, 2016

    It’s seems as though Paul Ryan might be an OK guy. When you take on a leadership role you must own it. That is what helps gives your decisiona more weight to it. This job isn’t for anyone and for those who do take up this job, do the best that you can. You can’t just do what you like and not realize how this is going to effect how others view you. He has been doing politics for many years so it’s not like he is a newbie.

  22. OfficialPolitico January 12, 2016

    Somehow we have confused being an elected official with spring break for college students. It is not a position for the weak of heart or mind, nor is it for those looking for a nine to five position with extra benefits and perks for friends and family. It is however a service to the people, and not just those that elected him into office, you have a duty to your constituents, all of them, to be the best of character and use your your power to wield better potential outcomes for all those working and seeking work in this economy. Time for a wake up call, for our newly elected speaker and his peers.

  23. TheViper January 7, 2016

    Paul Ryan seems like someone that would do a good job in his position. Yet, there will always still be more of the same. Just like him and others that came long before him. They are just snakes in the grasses that hide their true colors.

  24. JohnB January 3, 2016

    We certainly can judge him. As stated already he has a track record. He has some barbaric views regarding healthcare and tries to capitalize on the blunders of opponents in his own party.

  25. SirJoe December 28, 2015

    It is interesting that in the front page of this blog you are so used to seeing titles like crook and found guilty that when I first saw his picture I couldn’t help associating him to these titles. I think the best way to judge him is to let him work, if he does a good job he should be told that but if he doesn’t he shouldn’t get away with it. Time will tell.

  26. Esperaholon December 22, 2015

    Actually elly, actually we can judge. He’s not a new person – he has a record we can look at and compare to his idiotic talking points. He ran for VP while retaining his seat and we can look at all of that. Like it’s not like anyone is being unfair, the guys a huge idiot with little strength and a political base that makes tea partiers look embarrassed. I’m not sure why you’re trying to promote giving this guy the benefit of the doubt. He honestly doesn’t deserve it.

  27. Souhaila December 18, 2015

    Informative Post !

  28. ellyjude December 18, 2015

    At this point we are looking at Ryan as a politician and judging him the same way too. If we look at him as a republican then most of the democrats with speak ill of him. Let us wait and see how good he works for the better of all of us. If we notice a weakness in him then we can go ahead an talk about it. For now, we can’t judge.

  29. ellyjude December 18, 2015

    He seems like a good guy to most of us but there is a belief that the higher the rank the more corrupt people you’ll find. We just hope that he will not get influenced. All in all i’m happy for him. Just waiting for the difference he will bring to Washington.

  30. Esperaholon December 17, 2015

    The best way I’ve heard of describing Paul Ryan is: “He is a dumb person’s idea of a Smart person”. Ryan comes out looking all earnest with his graphs and his little Powerpoint Presentation attitude and people eat that up. The problem is that his data points are wrong, his speaking points are wrong, and there is no evidence whatsoever supporting his policies.

    Okay, so he’s supposedly an avid runner – so what? I’m much more concerned about his policies regarding a woman’s reproductive rights or his stance regarding taxes – and neither of those are in favor of the general public. That said if he becomes Speaker of the House… there really isn’t much he can do. Because quite frankly he’s even less forceful then the old Speaker.

    He lacks an real strength to him and people can tell. It’s one of the things that worked against him as a vice-president candidate. People might not have like Biden, but at least he showed he had some vigor. Ryan meanwhile seems like the kind of guy bullies shove into lockers while they stutter on about rules and regulations.

    But who knows? He’s still relatively young so he might man up a bit with age and hard experience might get him to move outside his own perspective.

  31. HalfBeard December 14, 2015

    High unlikely, but we can only hope he’s able to rein in the Republican Party away from the far right and more centrist so we can get some compromise in Washington.

  32. Pepper170 December 12, 2015

    Well, he’s our new Speaker of the House after Boehner’s resignation.

    I first learned about Paul Ryan during his VP run in 2012 alongside Mitt Romney. I just simply cannot see the inspirational spark in him… the hope and true desire for change in this country. I see a dedicated politician and a very smart man, but not a visionary. Will he make an excellent Speaker? Likely. President? I don’t think so.

  33. Claude76 December 6, 2015

    He may be a good man, but he doesn’t seem to shine or have a light of his own. A politician should be a leader and he does not seem like one, at least in my opinion. The thing about Ryan is that you can kind of trust him, but he’s just another republican. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a democrat or what but he doesn’t convince me.

  34. krista93 November 26, 2015

    My grandma was a huge fan of his all the way back in 2010. He seems like a good guy to me, but he doesn’t really stand out. I like when a politician is a bit more memorable. I cannot think of a single time when I have heard anyone quote him. I think he is a good politician, just not a memorable one is all.

  35. shenwil November 21, 2015

    I don’t really know much about this man but I hope he is as every one says, a good man.

  36. Heda November 16, 2015

    I like him a lot! He is a great speaker! 🙂

  37. bob barker November 10, 2015

    Paul is too smart to be your typical right wing nutjob so I have to say that his support for the destructive polices is both intentional and that he understands and is ok with the results of said polices.

    His support of the TPP is troubling to the point that if completely understood by the average consumer, it would be seen as treason against his oath to uphold the constitution.

  38. ricemaster214 November 8, 2015

    Ryan will be a great Speaker of the House. Hopefully, he can get things done. With the way the House is right now, it will be a very difficult task for him.

  39. David Hostetter November 3, 2015

    His voice is going to make a huge impact. Its very nice to have good people on our side trying to do the right thing and you can tell so easily by his words and countenance that he is a good man.

  40. dragonspearl November 2, 2015

    45 years old, 17 years experience in his current position within the House of Representatives and multiple years in governmental aide position. He is obviously a career politician, which could be a plus in this Speaker of the House role. According to reports, it is a rather thankless job and with all of the various factions vying for control of the Republican House floor, there is obviously going to be a lot of fire fighting going on.

    Does he have the leadership capabilities to handle what is about to be thrust upon him? He has demanded that the speakership must not interfere with his family time and all factions must agree to work as a cohesive group. Just like election rhetoric, every one is agreeing now to give what he wants, but after the election, will they remember their promises? Very few of them remembered the promises they made to their constituents to get elected, after the election, so why will they be expected to remember what they promised him?

    He is going to have his hands full with a new president and hopefully a continued majority caucus of house members, with a less volatile Tea Party. Does he have the influence and backing to balance all of this, in light of his 5 day work week. Well he is in the driver’s seat now so we can watch and see how well he navigate the track. This is only something time will tell. Such as it is, I wish him the best.

  41. knitmehere October 26, 2015

    I agree with other people that it seems hard to believe certain things sometimes. You hear all of this bad stuff, and then some good, and you’re not sure who is telling the true. In regards to Paul Ryan, most of what I’ve heard from a Democratic standpoint is awful.

  42. Andrew October 26, 2015

    People often seem to have extremely polarizing opinions about politicians. This is interesting, because if most people are honest with themselves, there would be many opinions of almost any politician that they agree with, and many others that they vehemently oppose. Politicians are people, and people are different and imperfect, so it’s unlikely that anyone would truly agree with one about everything. There are also certain positions that they have to hold in order to cater to certain subsets of the population in their district, so it`s difficult to determine how much of what they say is genuine.

  43. Gerard October 25, 2015

    This man is a great man!

  44. Melinda Scott October 24, 2015

    You are doing so many good things for the country. I know you will be a Great Speaker of the House. I wish you and your family all the best and I thank you for your service.

  45. fabima October 23, 2015

    While I was not a fan of Paul Ryan during last elections, I think that he may be a good house speaker. I would not be surprised if he is more balanced, as far as working with both democrats and republicans. Recent times seem to have been marked with partisanship in the house. Perhaps John Boehner did not really have much choice. Who knowns what happens behind the curtains? I hope Paul Ryan gets the seat.

  46. black avenger October 22, 2015

    Paul ryan is just another establishment republican light that in a crunch will side with the things we feel is wrong with this do nothing, power hungry money grabbing policies. Just the fact he wants to toss out the possibility of fireing him as speaker if he would turn 100% democrat while in office makes me tell him to go home and spend that time with your family while obama and the socialist liberal democrat MOOCHERS have this country as well as the world in more turmoil then ever before, Ryan refuse’s to work on a weekend! This year no matter how much the press lies and tries to rewrite history, the real American patriots will get better people in the government and toss out the unpatriotic LIARS as in the last 2 congressional elections.

  47. Ruth Martin October 19, 2012

    I never really feel confident in believing what I hear and read on anything about politics. What is true and what is things people are saying just to be popular? Your guess is as good as mine. The truth will come out only after they are elected and serving their term. Not sure whether to stand behind Paul Ryan or not. I generally do not get involved in politics b/c I don’t know who to believe!

  48. Locke bell August 30, 2012

    I truly hope your daughter never gets to enjoy the “pleasure” of a criminal conception. By the way, thanks for your unchristianable stance on health care, education, and general working class “conditions”. Please keep on looking out for the pure, the superior, the righteous, the rich.


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