Paul Ryan, the youngest speaker of the House since 1869, featured as vice president on Mitt Romney’s presidential bid in 2012. A staunch republican since his college days, Ryan helped pass various bipartisan budget cuts and advocates a policy of American Responsibility. Born and raised in a Catholic family, his religion still plays a heavy part in his political decision-making. In terms of other influences, Paul Ryan credits Ayn Rand’s objectivism for getting him interested in politics; while her views got him interested in politics, he later rejected them in favor of the milder views of Thomas Aquinas. Keeping his reading choices in mind, his educational choices might be obvious. We will be exploring his education in this entry of EduInReview.
Paul Ryan spent his earliest school days at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Janesville. For his freshman year, he moved on to Joseph A. Craig High School. Quite active in school and community, he spent much of his free time playing track and soccer. In addition, he was elected both prom king and class president. After his graduation, Ryan chose to pursue a degree in economics and political science at Miami University. College did not see an end to his dedication to extracurricular activities. In his four years of undergraduate, he joined the College Republicans, became a member of Delta Tau Delta, interned at the local government office, and volunteered on John Boehner’s campaign. After Ryan’s graduation in 1992, he accepted a position for legislative aide to local Senator Bob Kasten. In 1999, he became the US Representative for Wisconsin’s first congressional district. His star just kept rising. Now, as stated earlier, he holds the title of 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.