ENG: Timothy John "Tim" Ryan (born July 16, 1973) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district, serving since 2013. From 2003 through January 3, 2013, he represented the Ohio's 17th congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the Ohio Senate.
Early life and career
Tim Ryan was born in Niles, Ohio and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, where he played football as a quarterback and coached junior high basketball.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Bowling Green State University in 1995 and was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. In 2000, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Ryan served on the staff of controversial U.S. Representative Jim Traficant (D-Ohio) in the mid-1990s. From 2000 to 2002 he served a term in the Ohio State Senate.
After Jim Traficant was convicted on criminal charges in 2002, Ryan declared his candidacy for the Congressional seat of his home district.
As the result of redistricting following the 2000 census, the 17th, which had long been based in Youngstown, now included portions of Akron and Portage County. Before the redistricting, all of Akron had been part of the 14th District, represented by eight-term Democrat Tom Sawyer. The 14th had been eliminated in the year 2000 redistricting; most of it was drawn into the 13th District of fellow Democrat Sherrod Brown, but Sawyer's home was drawn into the 17th. In the 2002 Democratic primary, Ryan defeated Sawyer, who was seen as insufficiently labor-friendly in the newly-drawn district. Traficant ran as an independent in the race from his prison cell. Ryan easily won the general election in November 2002. When he took office in January 2003, he was the youngest Democrat in the House, at 29 years of age. Ryan was reelected in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010, and is candidate in 2012.
United States Representative - House legislative career
Ryan is a member of the "30 Something" Working Group, which is a Congressional caucus that includes those members of the United States House of Representatives who are Democrats and have not yet reached the age of 40. It was organized by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to energize and engage younger people in politics by focusing on issues that are important to them. Ryan voted for the Stupak Amendment restricting federal funding for abortions.
In March 2010, he stated that he will vote "Yes" on the Senate version of the Health Care bill lacking Stupak Amendment language. Before the 2004 presidential election, Ryan spoke on the House floor in an impassioned speech denouncing the Bush administration's denial of a draft reinstatement, comparing this to the administration's previous claims that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction, the Bush tax cuts would create jobs, and other such claims. He repeated in September 2006 with an equally-heated speech criticizing what he felt to be the Bush administration's tendency to distract the public from key issues like the war in Iraq and the economy. In 2010, Ryan introduced the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act, which sought punitive trade tariffs on countries, notably China that, were engaging in currency manipulation. It passed the House overwhelmingly but never made it to the floor in the Senate. In an October 2010 interview with conservative magazine Human Events, Ryan said tax increases on small businesses were necessary "because we have huge deficits. We gotta shore up Social Security. We gotta shrink our deficits". In March, 2012, Hay House published Congressman Ryan's, A Mindful Nation, a book about the practice of mindfulness in both private and public life. He writes in his introduction:
If more citizens can reduce stress and increase performance - even if only by a little - they will be healthier and more resilient. They will be better equipped to face the challenges of daily life, and to arrive at creative solutions to the challenges facing our nation.
In his first year in office, Ryan was one of 7 Congresspeople who voted against the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act, and one of 8 Congresspeople who opposed ratification of FTC's establishment of a National Do Not Call Registry.
January 15, 2013