Hometown: Janesville, Wisconsin
Education: Bachelor's in Economics and Social Science (Miami University in Ohio)
Entry into politics: 1998, Wisconsin's District 1
Family: Married to Janna, two sons (Charlie and Sam), one daughter (Liza)
Major achievements: According to the Washington Post, he became known for "unveiling budget blueprints that, among other things, would revamp Medicare by transforming it into a voucher program for those currently under 55 years of age."
He is Chairman of the House Budget Committee and member of the House Ways Committee.
- In 2011, he was voted as Time's Person of the Year runner-up.
- His grandfather started a construction firm in 1884 in Janesville, which is still family owned, according to the Washington Post.
- Also according to the Washington Post, he drove a Wienermobile for Oscar Meyer while he was in college.
- He was one of three co-founders of the Young Guns program, according to the National Republican Congressional Committee.
In the video above, Paul Ryan responds to President Obama's 2011 State of the Union address.
(Editor's note: Basic information provided by Paul Ryan's official website.)