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Paul Davis Ryan (born January 29, 1970) is an American politician who served as the 54th speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he was the vice presidential nominee in the 2012 election with Mitt Romney, but they lost to incumbent President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Ryan is a native of Janesville, Wisconsin, and graduated from Miami University in 1992. He spent five years working for Congress in Washington, D.C., becoming a speechwriter, then returned to Wisconsin in 1997 to work at his family's construction company. He was elected to Congress to represent Wisconsin's 1st congressional district the following year, replacing Mark Neumann, who had vacated the seat to run for U.S. Senate. Ryan went on to represent the district for 20 years. He chaired the House Budget Committee from 2011 to 2015, and briefly chaired the House Ways and Means Committee in 2015. A self-proclaimed deficit hawk, Ryan was a major proponent of Social Security privatization in the mid-2000s. During the 2010s, two proposals heavily influenced by Ryan—"The Path to Prosperity" and "A Better Way"—became part of the national dialogue advocating for the privatization of Medicare, the conversion of Medicaid into a block grant program, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and significant federal tax cuts. In October 2015, after Speaker John Boehner's resignation, Ryan was elected to replace him. During his speakership, he played a key role in the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act in 2018, which partially repealed the Dodd–Frank Act. His other major piece of legislation, the American Health Care Act of 2017, passed the House but failed in the Senate by one vote. Ryan declined to run for re-election in the 2018 midterm elections. With the Democratic Party taking control of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi succeeded Ryan as Speaker of the House. Early life and education Paul Davis Ryan was born on January 29, 1970, in Janesville, Wisconsin, the youngest of four children of Elizabeth "Betty" Ann (née Hutter), who later became an interior designer, and Paul Murray Ryan, a lawyer. He is a fifth-generation Wisconsinite. His father was of Irish ancestry and his mother of German and English descent. One of Ryan's paternal ancestors settled in Wisconsin prior to the Civil War. His great-grandfather, Patrick William Ryan, founded an earthmoving company in 1884, which later became P. W. Ryan and Sons and is now known as Ryan Incorporated Central. Ryan's grandfather, Stanley M. Ryan, was appointed United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. In 2018, while filming a segment for the PBS series Finding Your Roots, Ryan learned that his DNA results included 3 percent Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.Ryan attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Janesville, then attended Joseph A. Craig High School, where he was elected president of his junior class, and thus became prom king. As class president Ryan was a representative of the student body on the school board. Following his second year, Ryan took a job working the grill at McDonald's. He was on his high school's ski, track, and varsity soccer teams and played basketball in a Catholic recreational league. He participated in several academic and social clubs including the Model United Nations. Ryan and his family often went on hiking and skiing trips to the Colorado Rocky Mountains.Although Ryan's father was not a lifelong heavy drinker, staying sober for nearly twenty years after his first stint in rehabilitation, he had become an alcoholic by the time Ryan was a teenager. Ryan later commented on his relationship with his father, whom he revered as a young child, stating that "[alcohol] made him more distant, irritable and stressed ... whiskey had washed away some of the best parts of the man I knew." When he was 16, Ryan found his 55-year-old father lying dead in bed of a heart attack, something Ryan later partially attributed to heavy alcohol consumption. Following the death of his father, Ryan's grandmother moved in with the family. As she had Alzheimer's, Ryan helped care for her while his mother commuted to college in Madison, Wisconsin. From the time of his father's death until his 18th birthday, Ryan received Social Security survivors benefits which were saved for his college education. His mother later married widower Bruce Douglas.Ryan has a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he became interested in the writings of Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and Milton Friedman. He often visited the office of libertarian professor Richard Hart to discuss the theories of these economists and of Ayn Rand. Hart introduced Ryan to National Review, and with Hart's recommendation Ryan began an internship in the D.C. office of Wisconsin U.S. Senator Bob Kasten, where he worked with Kasten's foreign affairs adviser.Ryan attended the Washington Semester program at American University. He worked summers as a salesman for Oscar Mayer and once got to drive the Wienermobile. Ryan was a member of the College Republicans, and volunteered for the congressional campaign of John Boehner. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta social fraternity. Early career Betty Ryan reportedly urged her son to accept a congressional position as a legislative aide in Senator Kasten's office, which he did after graduating in 1992. In his early years working on Capitol Hill, Ryan supplemented his income by working as a waiter, as a fitness trainer, and at other jobs.A few months after Kasten lost to Democrat Russ Feingold in the 1992 election, Ryan became a speechwriter for Empower America (now FreedomWorks), a conservative advocacy group founded by Jack Kemp, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and William Bennett.Ryan later worked as a speechwriter for Kemp, the Republican vice presidential candidate in the 1996 United States presidential election. Kemp became Ryan's mentor, and Ryan has said he had a "huge influence".In 1995, Ryan became the legislative director for then-U.S. Congressman Sam Brownback of Kansas. In 1997 he returned to Wisconsin and worked for a year as a marketing consultant for the construction company Ryan Incorporated Central, owned by his relatives. U.S. House of Representatives Elections Ryan was first elected to the House in 1998, winning the 1st District seat of Republican Mark Neumann, a two-term incumbent who had vacated his seat to make an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate. 28-year-old Ryan won the Republican primary over 29-year-old pianist Michael J. Logan of Twin Lakes, and the general election against Democrat Lydia Spottswood. This made him the second-youngest member of the House. Reelected eight times, Ryan never received less than 55 percent of the vote in a congressional election. He defeated Democratic challenger Jeffrey C. Thoma.... Discover the Paul Ryan popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Paul Ryan books.

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  • The Luckiest Man synopsis, comments

    The Luckiest Man

    Mark Salter

    A “moving and lucidly written memoir” (The Wall Street Journal) of the late Senator John McCain from one of his closest and most trusted confidants, friends, and political advisors...

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    The Optimistic Leftist

    Ruy Teixeira

    "Advances an analysis that should encourage progressives, be cautionary for conservatives, and engage and enlighten everyone who cares about America's political and economic future...

  • The Red Apprentice synopsis, comments

    The Red Apprentice

    Jamie Jackson

    When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returned to Old Trafford as caretaker manager midway through the 201819 season, he breathed new life into a team that was drifting. In this new and defini...

  • This is the Life synopsis, comments

    This is the Life

    Ciaran Murphy

    The GAA is Ireland's largest civil society organisation, woven into the fabric of families and communities and yet most books about Gaelic games focus on the greatest players and ...

  • Letters from Russia synopsis, comments

    Letters from Russia

    Marquis de Custine

    The Marquis de Custine's unique perspective on a vast, fascinating country in the grip of oppressive tyrannyIn 1839, encouraged by his friend Balzac, Custine set out to explore Rus...

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    Ian Herbert


  • From Hollywood with Love synopsis, comments

    From Hollywood with Love

    Scott Meslow

    An indepth celebration of the romantic comedy’s modern golden era and its role in our culture, tracking the genre from its heyday in the ’80s and the ’90s, its unfortunate decline ...

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    The Goalie

    Andy Goram & Iain King

    This is the story of a genius with flaws. Lots of them. On the field, Andy Goram was a defiant figure between the sticks who, in many ways, defined the historymaking nineinarow tea...

  • Harry Turner The Time Traveller Discovers Dinosaurs synopsis, comments

    Harry Turner The Time Traveller Discovers Dinosaurs

    Paul Ryan

    Harry Turner is a nine year old boy who discovers his mobile phone has the ability to send him and his friends on wild adventures through time. Harry soon learns new responsibiliti...

  • My Darling Girl synopsis, comments

    My Darling Girl

    Jennifer McMahon

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Children on the Hill, a psychological thriller “that delivers both chilling scares and genuine emotion” (Chandler Baker, New York ...

  • 365 Steps to Self-Confidence 4th Edition synopsis, comments

    365 Steps to Self-Confidence 4th Edition

    David Lawrence Preston

    Confidence is crucial to a happy and fulfilling life. And yet many of us lack confidence and selfbelief. As a result, we are less adventurous and less likely to get the most out of...

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    The Contagious Commandments

    Paul Kemp-Robertson & Chris Barth

    Contagion may alarm doctors but marketers thrive on it. Some concepts are so compelling you have to share them. But what makes an idea so infectious you can't keep it to yourself? ...

  • Dear Senator Ryan synopsis, comments

    Dear Senator Ryan

    C.M. Hall

    This book is a series of letters to written Senator Paul Ryan from his #1 Groupie, praising his budget proposal for its bold ideas on issues like defense (we need to protect those ...

  • The Impostors synopsis, comments

    The Impostors

    Steve Benen

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER, updated with a new afterword“This is the definitive account of what has gone wrong in our twoparty system, and how our democracy has to adapt to survive it. I ...

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    Happy Ever After

    Paul Dolan

    'A passionate, provocative book. It isn't just a selfhelp book. It is a manifesto for a better society' Sunday Times 'One of the most rigorous articulations of the new mood of acc...

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    Paul Ryan

    Paul Ryan

    In einem Gespräch mit Ayreen Anastas und Rene Gabri, Agenten der dOCUMENTA (13), gibt der in New York lebende Videokünstler Paul Ryan Auskunft über die theoretischen wie biografisc...

  • On Living and Dying Well synopsis, comments

    On Living and Dying Well

    Cicero & Thomas Habinek

    In the first century BC, Marcus Tullius Cicero, orator, statesman, and defender of republican values, created these philosophical treatises on such diverse topics as friendship, re...

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    Russian Thinkers

    Isaiah Berlin & Henry Hardy

    Few, if any, Englishlanguage critics have written as perceptively as Isaiah Berlin about Russian thought and culture. Russian Thinkers is his unique meditation on the impact that R...

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    Amy Goldstein

    Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize​ 800CEOREAD Business Book of the Year A New York Times Notable Book A Washingt...

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    American Carnage

    Tim Alberta

    New York Times Bestseller“Not a conventional Trumpera book. It is less about the daily mayhem in the White House than about the unprecedented capitulation of a political party...

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    Jason Sherlock

    ‘It’s got to be said for the little man, give him a sniff at goal – and he is deadly.’ Jim GavinOne of the greatest Dublin players of the modern GAA era. A man who transcended the ...

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    Riots I Have Known

    Ryan Chapman

    Longlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Ryan Chapman’s “gritty, bracing debut” (Esquire) set during a prison riot is “dark, daring, and laughoutloud hilarious...

  • The Body Language of Politics synopsis, comments

    The Body Language of Politics

    Donna Van Natten & Joe Navarro

    Learn how to spot the lies and deceptions of our politicians in action. You can’t turn on the television, check your phone, or scroll through social media without being besieged wi...

  • Paul Ryan v. State Indiana synopsis, comments

    Paul Ryan v. State Indiana

    Supreme Court Of Indiana

    Early L. Oglesby was found guilty of robbery, a class B felony. He was sentenced to a fourteen (14) year executed sentence. He raises the following six issues in this direct appeal...

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    The Ultimate Guide To Raising Alpacas in a Small Backyard

    Ryan Paul

    This book covers everything from selecting the right breed to constructing a suitable shelter, from caring for your alpacas' nutritional needs to harvesting their valuable fiber. Y...

  • A Constant Forester synopsis, comments

    A Constant Forester

    Paul Ryan

    'A Constant Forester' takes one with the author and his forestry career on a journey over some fifty years through the forests of numerous countries. The journey starts in Papua Ne...

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    Rising Star

    David Garrow

    New York Times BestsellerRising Star is the definitive account of Barack Obama's formative years that made him the man who became the fortyfourth president of the United Statesfrom...

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    Building the Yellow Wall

    Uli Hesse

    WINNER OF THE TELEGRAPH FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019Towards the beginning of the twentyfirst century, Borussia Dortmund were on the verge of going out of business. Now they are a...

  • Red Rabbit synopsis, comments

    Red Rabbit

    Tom Clancy

    Don't Miss the Original Series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Starring John Krasinski!Tom Clancy reveals the details of Jack Ryan's first days with the CIA in this #1 New York Ti...

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    The Mosaic Music Method

    Frankie Price

    St. Paul's Foundation Presents The Mosaic Music Method: Curriculum for Students in Ryan's Guitar Project Program.

  • The Restless Wave synopsis, comments

    The Restless Wave

    John McCain & Mark Salter

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“History matters to McCain, and for him America is and was about its promise. The book is his farewell address, a mixture of the personal and the politi...

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    Behind the Shoulder Pads

    Joan Collins

    “I’ve had many amazing adventures in my life. Some stories, though, I have only ever shared with my friends.… Until now!”Dame Joan Collins has always believed that one should retai...

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    Planned Bullyhood

    Karen Handel

    The full, upclose story of the battle between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood from the woman at the center of the explosive media firestorm of early 2012, Karen ...

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    Robert P. Kolker & Nathan Abrams

    The definitive biography of the creator of 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, and A Clockwork Orange, presenting the most indepth portrait yet of the groundbreaking filmmaker.The ...