Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
B.A. in economics, Miami University, 1992
Previous elected office:
U.S. House of Representatives 1998-Present (Chairman of the House Budget Committee 2011-present)
Wife: Janna Little
Children: Elizabeth Anne (b. 2002), Charles Wilson (b. 2003) and Samuel Lowery (b. 2004)
Something you might not know about Ryan:
In 2010, Ryan led P90X intense fitness routines for fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
He enjoys bow-hunting.
Paul Ryan noodles catfish, a fishing technique popular in the South and Midwest where the animals are caught and pulled from the water with a bare fist down their throats.
A voice from his past:
Janesville, Wis., economist John Beckord recalls seeing Ryan at the dump. "I remember pulling up to the local dump and Ryan was there emptying out his truck as well," Beckord told CBS News. "He's the kind of guy who still comes home on the weekends and does the chores."
Ryan's supporters say he's an excellent communicator and young leader. Additionally, Ryan's simplification of the tax code is appealing to certain income groups and businesses concerned with net profits.
His budget's effect on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have been criticized as too harsh and that could hurt him with older voters. Also, Ryan's critics say that his 14 years in Congress gives him a long voting record, which could be called into question by opponents. He also lacks executive leadership experience.
Ryan's net worth is estimated between $927,100 and $3,207,000 as of 2010 according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Written by Joseph Van Dusen