Paul Ryan Collection Edit


Mss. Coll. Ryan


  • 1999 – 2018 (Creation)


  • 1 Linear Feet (Whole)



  • Scope and Contents

    The Paul Ryan Collection focuses primarily on tracing Ryan’s career as a U.S. Congressman and as speaker of the House.

    Items in the collection include: • Legislative Activity Guides • House Resolution papers • Newspapers • House budget committee papers • Republican National Convention booklet (2012)

    All items in this collection are organized chronologically within series.

  • Language of Materials

    The records are written in English.

  • Biography

    Paul Ryan was born on January 29, 1970 in Janesville, Wisconsin to parents Paul Ryan Sr. and Betty Ryan. He has one sister and two brothers: Janet, Tobin and Stan. Ryan graduated from Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville, and then he went on to attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 1992, he was awarded a degree in economics and political science.

    Ryan began his career working as a marketing consultant for a Wisconsin construction company. A few years later he entered politics by working as a legislative aide for U.S. Senator Bob Kasten, then for Senator Sam Brownback, and later for New York Republican Representative Jack Kemp.

    Ryan was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Wisconsin’s Congressional District 1, in 1998. He later served as the chairman of the House Budget committee from 2011 through 2015.

    On August 11, 2012, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced that Paul Ryan would be his running mate for vice president. The duo was officially named the Republican Party’s nominees on August 28, 2012. However, Romney and Ryan were defeated by President Obama.

    Despite the loss of his vice-presidential bid, Ryan remained popular in his home state, and he was reelected to the House in 2014. Then in 2015 he became the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Soon after, Ryan was called on to take a larger role in the Republican Party’s leadership when John Boehner resigned as speaker of the House on September 25, 2015. Initially, Ryan refused to run for speaker, but he later agreed to after receiving support from three factions from within the Republican party.

    Ryan was elected as the 54th speaker of the House on October 29, 2015. At the age of 45, he was the youngest speaker to be elected since 1869. Less than three years later, in April 2018, Ryan announced that he would retire. He served out his term until January 2019.

    After retiring, Paul Ryan joined the board of directors of the Fox Corporation, which owns the Fox News Channel and the Fox broadcast network, in March 2019. He also joined the University of Notre Dame faculty as a professor of the practice for the 2019-20 academic year as a guest lecturer in pollical science and economics.

    Ryan has been married to Janna Little Ryan since December 2000. They have three children together: Liza, Sam and Charlie.

  • Arrangement

    Series I: Legislative Activity Guides Series II: House Resolutions Series III: Budget Committee Papers Series IV: Miscellaneous Political Materials Series V: Newspapers Series VI: Miscellaneous Publications

  • Conditions Governing Access

    This non-circulating collection is open under the rules and regulations of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University Libraries.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Reproduction of materials in the collection is subject to the restrictions of copyright law. To use materials not yet in the public domain, the researcher must obtain permission from the copyright holder.

  • Preferred Citation

    Researchers are requested to cite the Paul Ryan Collection and The Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University Libraries in all footnote and bibliographic references.