Paul Ryan

CSIS Trustee

Paul Ryan was the 54th speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. In office from October 2015 to January 2019, he was the youngest speaker in nearly 150 years. During his tenure as speaker, Ryan spearheaded efforts to reform the U.S. tax code, rebuild national defense, expand domestic energy production, combat the opioid epidemic, reform the criminal justice system, and promote economic opportunity. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he worked to protect health care choices, advance free trade, and strengthen the economy. Before that, Ryan served as chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he outlined revolutionary blueprints to balance the federal budget and pay off the national debt. In 2012, he was selected to serve as Governor Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee. Ryan was first elected to Congress at age 28 and represented Wisconsin’s First District for two decades. In 2019, Ryan launched the American Idea Foundation, a nonpartisan, not for profit organization that expands economic opportunity by partnering with local organizations and academics to advance evidence-based public policies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fox Corporation and of SHINE Medical Technologies, LLC, and serves on the Advisory Boards of Robert Bosch GmbH and CIS Credit Solutions. In 2020, Ryan was named as the chairman of the Board of Directors of Executive Network Partnering Corporation. He is a professor of the practice at the University of Notre Dame and a visiting fellow in the practice of public policy at the American Enterprise Institute. Ryan also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. Ryan and his wife Janna have three children: Liza, Charlie, and Sam. He holds a degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio and was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the university.