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Who Is Paul Ryan? GOP Rep Becomes Mitt Romney's Republican Vice Presidential Pick

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Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., newly announced Republican vice presidential candidate to Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, addresses the crowd Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., newly announced Republican vice presidential candidate to Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, addresses the crowd Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NAME – Paul Davis Ryan, 42; born Jan. 29, 1970; Janesville, Wis.

EXPERIENCE – U.S. Representative; 1999-present; marketing consultant, Ryan Inc. Central, 1997-1998; legislative director for U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., 1995-1997; adviser and speechwriter, Empower America, 1993-1995; aide to U.S. Sen. Bob Kasten, R-Wis., 1992.

EDUCATION – Bachelor's degree, Miami University of Ohio, 1992.

FAMILY – Wife, Janna; daughter Liza 10, sons Charles, 8, and Sam, 7.

QUOTE – "Here in Wisconsin, I picked who I think is going to be the next president of the United States – I picked Mitt Romney. The moment is here. The country can be saved. It is not too late to get America back on the right track. ... It is not too late to save the American idea." – Ryan, speaking during an April 2012 campaign stop with Romney after endorsing him in the Republican primary.

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