Paul Ryan: An Optimistic Look At Washington, DC
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (2015-2019)
- Former Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate in 2012, alongside Sen. Mitt Romney
- A ten-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving Wisconsin (1999-2019), Ryan never received less than 55% of the vote in his home state
- Chaired both the House Budget Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee prior to being elected Speaker of the House
- Spearheaded the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
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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, Ryan spearheaded efforts to reform our nation’s tax code for the first time in a generation, rebuild our national defense, expand domestic energy production, combat the opioid epidemic, reform our criminal justice system, and promote economic opportunity.
First elected to Congress in 1998 at age 28, Ryan spent two decades representing the people of Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. A fifth-generation Janesville native, Ryan continued Wisconsin’s proud tradition of reform-minded leadership in the House of Representatives.
Before becoming Speaker, he was chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. As chairman Ryan worked to simplify the tax code, protect health care choices, advance free trade, and strengthen the economy. Before that, he 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, Ryan was selected to serve as Governor Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential nominee.
Ryan is the author of the book The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea and serves as a distinguished visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in the practice of public policy. He also is the founder of the American Idea Foundation – a non-profit that works with individuals, grassroots organizations, and lawmakers to expand economic opportunities through evidence-based policies – a board member of the Fox Corporation, and serves as a professor of the practice at the University of Notre Dame. Ryan is a member of St. John Vianney’s Parish and a graduate of Joseph A. Craig High School. He holds a degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio. Paul and his wife Janna are the proud parents of three children: Liza, Charlie, and Sam.
Policy Insight Gleaned From Two Decades In Congress. Throughout his career, Speaker Ryan’s great passion has been policymaking. Whether in a keynote or a fireside chat, Ryan is happy to get into the weeds on big policy ideas and how Congress works, sharing his experiences as a Congressional leader during one of the most turbulent times in our political history. As a leader more interested in substance than sniping, Speaker Ryan addresses the convergence of policy and politics today, and how it has a real impact in people’s lives.
America’s Role On The Global Stage. As the youngest Speaker of the House in 150 years, Ryan brings high-level and recent insights to presentations on a broad range of issues affecting Americans and our place in the global world order—spanning regulation and trade, healthcare, international relations, economic growth and taxes. Here, Speaker Ryan touches upon what’s happening on Capitol Hill and where our country is headed, as well as how our relationships with allies and adversaries may evolve.
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We had all seen Paul Ryan speak on TV countless times, but nothing could have prepared us for how dynamic, engaging, and personable he was on site at our event. He was authentic and talked about current events – nothing about this speech was stock or canned. He was high-energy, easy to work with, didn’t duck a single question during Q&A, and went above and beyond with my members. Our committee gave him very high marks for both his prepared remarks and his Q&A, which is unusual for this group. All in all, he was a home run. Thank you for making our event so memorable!
Paul Ryan was a major hit with our attendees. He was refreshingly candid, insightful, thought-provoking and, at times, funny. I would wholeheartedly recommend him as a keynote speaker for any group that cares deeply about American public policy.
NACDS has had numerous speakers at our events over the years, and Speaker Ryan was one of the best. As Speaker of the House, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul has an astute knowledge and perspective on how government and its policies impact the lives of our fellow citizens and American business. In addition, he spent considerable time with us before his presentation to understand our extraordinarily complicated healthcare issues and the impact they have on the American people and our industry. This made his presentation and the following question-and-answer session very relevant to our attendees. Speaker Ryan may have left government for now, but it is abundantly clear that he continues to explore innovative and creative policies and actions that will serve our nation well.
He was amazing! Thank you so much for making this happen. The people in the room really appreciated hearing from him. He was very forthcoming.
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Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader (D-ME) and Former Special Envoy for the Middle East