Tim Ryan, born July 16, 1973, in Niles, Ohio graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. After college, he worked for Ohio Congressman Jim Traficant before earning his law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center. During this time, he served for half a term in the Ohio State Senate.
His old boss, Jim Traficant, was convicted on criminal charges in 2002, so Ryan decided to run for Congress. Ryan ultimately won with 51 percent of the vote. When he took office, he was the youngest Democrat in the House at 29 years old. Since then, he has been reelected five times. In 2016, Ryan initiated a bid to replace House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi but lost 63-134.
During his time in office, Ryan reversed his position on abortion and now identifies as pro-choice. He altered his stance on guns; he once had an “A” rating from the NRA but recently gave all the donations he has received from them to gun safety organization. In 2018, he announced that he supports marijuana legalization.
On April 4, 2019, Ryan announced that he is running for president.
Tim Ryan is married to Andrea Zetts and has one son, Brady.