Tim Ryan Congressman Ohio District 17
Timothy J. “Tim” Ryan
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Congressman Kucinich is incumbent in the 2002 – 2010 Ohio Congressional District 17. He is a candidate for re-election in the 2012 –2020 Ohio Congressional District 13.
Biography of Tim Ryan
Tim Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families in Ohio’s 17th District. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and was sworn in on January 7, 2003. Successfully reelected four times, he is currently serving in his fifth term.
Ryan currently serves as a member of the House Armed Services Committee with jurisdiction over national defense policy, ongoing military operations, the organization and reform of the Department of Defense, counter-drug programs, acquisition and industrial base policy, and technology transfer and export controls. He serves on the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and the Subcommittee on Readiness. In addition to the numerous manufacturers in Ohio that supply products and equipment for national defense, the Committee oversees the operations of the Youngstown Warren Air Reserve Station, the 910th Airlift Wing, the former Ravenna Arsenal, and the Ohio National Guard’s Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center.
Congressman Ryan also serves as a member House Budget Committee which through its annual budget resolution sets the aggregate levels of spending and revenue expected to occur in a given fiscal year. This Committee is in the center of the debate on reducing the national deficit and debt. Congressman Ryan maintains that reductions and sacrifices must be shared and the burden of debt reduction must not be directed to those least able to afford them. Furthermore, Ryan believes that Medicare must be protected to ensure adequate health care coverage for our senior citizens.
Ryan serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus and remains a leader in the fight to strengthen America’s manufacturing base and reform U.S. trade policies. The House Manufacturing Caucus examines and promotes policies to help American manufacturers find trained, educated workers, continue to lead the world in developing new industrial technologies, operate on a level playing field with their foreign competitors, and obtain the capital they need to thrive. Ryan is the leading advocate in the House to impose sanctions on unfair Chinese currency manipulation.
Ryan’s primary focus remains on the economy and quality-of-life in Northeast Ohio. He works closely with local officials and community leaders to advance local projects that enhance the economic competitiveness and help attract high-quality, high-paying jobs.
Ryan is a dynamic leader in the House where he often speaks out on issues of particular concern in Northeast Ohio. He a champion of efforts to make college more affordable, revitalize America’s cities and improve the health and well-being of American families and children. His work on these and other issues has garnered the attention of the national media.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Ryan served in the Ohio State Senate where he spearheaded efforts to establish a state-based earned income tax credit, to standardize community school data reporting, and bring college students into the debate over higher education funding.
Before his election to public office, Ryan served as President of the Trumbull County Young Democrats and as Chairman of the Earning by Learning program in Warren, Ohio. He began his career in politics as a congressional aide with the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995 and later served as an intern for the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office. Ryan holds a law degree from the University Of New Hampshire School Of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center), studied abroad as part of the Dickinson School of Law’s International Law Program in Florence, Italy, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Born July 16, 1973 in Niles, Ohio, Tim Ryan is the younger of two sons, both raised by their mother, Rochelle Ryan with the help of grandparents, Anna and John Rizzi. He resides in Niles, Ohio.
Biography from Tim Ryan for Congress
Tim Ryan was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 5, 2002, by the people of Ohio’s 17th Congressional District. Congressman Ryan has quickly proven himself to be a strong leader in Congress and a tireless advocate for the constituents of his district. Since taking office, Tim has worked with members of both parties to secure over $125 million in federal money for important local projects throughout his district–funding to help fix roads and bridges, support innovative research and development at area universities and businesses, improve the quality of life in Northeast Ohio, and attract good quality, high paying jobs.
Tim serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee which provides annual funding for federal executive departments and agencies. He is a member of the Defense Subcommittee that provides funding for national security; the Labor, Health, and Human Services Subcommittee that provides funding for the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education; and the Financial Services Subcommittee that provides funding for the White House and the Treasury Department. He is a Member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee which assigns Democratic members to the various House Committees and advises party leaders on policy.
He is also the co-founder and co-chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who work together to preserve America’s manufacturing jobs. Tim is a champion on behalf of America’s poor and middle-class and he continues to work to ensure our nation is secure at home and abroad. He is working with his Democratic colleagues to increase the minimum wage, reduce government waste, fraud, and abuse, lower the cost of health care, restore fiscal discipline to the federal budget, make college more affordable by cutting interest rates on college loans, and equip our military and first-responders with the tools they need to keep America safe.
Tim is a Member of the 30 Something Working Group made up of Members under 40 years of age who reach out to younger Americans on national issues.
Prior to being elected a United States Congressman, Tim served as a State Senator in the Ohio Legislature. In the Ohio Senate, Tim served as the ranking minority member on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, a member of the Senate Committee on Highways and Transportation, the Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice, and the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee. Ryan spearheaded efforts to establish a state-based earned income tax credit, standardize community school data reporting, and strengthen laws penalizing sexually-based offenses. He also worked closely with students to find new ways to engage young people in the political process.
Tim began his career in public service as a congressional aide with the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995 and later served as an intern for the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office. Ryan holds a law degree from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire and studied abroad as part of the Dickinson School of Law’s International Law Program in Florence, Italy. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Tim received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Youngstown State University in 2010. Born July 16, 1973 in Niles, Ohio, Tim is the younger of two sons, both raised by their mother, Rochelle, with the help of their grandparents, Anna and John Rizzi. He attended John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Ohio.