For the Ryans, a Union Across Political Lines | NEW YORK TIMES | AUG 23, 2012
Their union was not necessarily one that friends and family saw coming. She was from a prominent Democratic family and dabbled in liberal causes during her college years at Wellesley, even once taking a road trip to Washington to march for women’s rights. And he, an up-and-coming Republican congressman, had worked after-school jobs to help support his family as a teenager and was known for his deeply conservative views.
So, on the surface, it was surprising when Janna Little, a socially popular lobbyist on Capitol Hill, and Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, who had been dating aerobics instructors at his gym, hit it off after he asked for an introduction. They met at a party, started dating and were married in the winter of 2000.
“That was a big deal at the time,” said Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a Republican who is a longtime friend of the Little family, elected from the largely rural district where Janna Little Ryan grew up. “But certain values transcend politics.”
Now Mrs. Ryan, 43, is one of the public faces of the Republican ticket, married to a candidate whose selection has electrified conservatives while alarming others with his views on abortion and his zeal for cutting spending on social welfare programs. It is an unconventional path for a woman from Democratic Party royalty in Oklahoma, one who gave up her career as a Washington lobbyist to become a wife and mother in Janesville, Wis., as her husband built his career as the ideological leader of his party in Congress.
Friends say Mrs. Ryan chose her political life’s path with a sense of purpose, and they describe her as being a “practical conservative” these days, even if she might once have been more of a Democrat.
As a former Wellesley roommate, Rachel Clark, said of their college days: “I think it’s fair to say that we were all on the more liberal side of things back then. And as often happens, people’s views change and evolve over time.”
As she adopts a more public role, she has seemed uncomfortable in the spotlight. At the rally where Mitt Romney named Mr. Ryan as his running mate, Mrs. Ryan was given the opportunity to speak after Ann Romney, but she declined the invitation, shaking her head slightly, an unusually spontaneous moment for such a scripted event.
She is not, however, someone who has shied away from asserting herself. Mrs. Ryan is a lawyer and a tax specialist who, before her marriage, worked for prestigious government affairs and accounting firms as a lobbyist, representing some of the biggest names in a range of industries, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Novartis and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
Janna Ryan | BIOGRAPHY | MAY 18, 2017
Janna Ryan, born Janna Christine Little, came from a small town in Oklahoma, but went on to become a well-known lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Upon graduating from the prestigious Wellesley College, Ryan attended George Washington University, where she earned her law degree. She remained in Washington, D.C., for about a decade, working as a congressional aide and then as a corporate lobbyist, representing some of the biggest names in the drug, cigar and oil industries. Ryan met her husband, Paul Ryan, at her 30th birthday party. They married soon after, relocated to his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, and had three children. Ryan, a tax specialist, is now a stay-at-home mother.
Janna Ryan, Paul’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | HEAVY | OCT 22, 2015
1. She Was a Successful Tax Attorney and Corporate Lobbyist
Janna already had a successful career when she and Paul met when she was 30, CNN reported. She was a well-known tax attorney and corporate lobbyist, and a graduate of Wellesley College and George Washington University Law School. Some were surprised that they hit it off so well, since she was a champion of liberal causes and he was a fast-rising Republican Congressman, The New York Times reported. But for them, it was a perfect match. They clicked over their love of nature, such as fishing and hunting. They also were each other’s intellectual equals, and were committed to family and service. Janna gave up her lobbyist career in Washington so she could be a wife and mother in Janesville, Wisconsin.
2. Janna Comes From a Democratic Family And They’re Very Close
Janna comes from a Democratic family. Her cousin, Dan Boren, was a Democratic Representative for Oklahoma from 2005 to 2013. Dan’s father, David Boren, was the 21st governor of Oklahoma from 1975 to 1979. Dan’s grandfather, Lyle Boren, was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1937 to 1947. Janna’s grandfather, Reuel Little, helped found a third party called the American Party in Oklahoma in 1968. He ran for governor in 1970 but didn’t win, ABC News reported.
Janna herself has lobbied for liberal movements, such as marching in Washington in college for women’s rights, The New York Times reported. Janna rarely gives interviews, CNN reported, and doesn’t speak publicly about her political views. She’s very respectful of everyone’s opinions.
3. She Would Have Been Second Lady if Romney Won in 2012
Paul Ryan was Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate in 2012. If Romney had won, Janna would have been the Second Lady of the United States. Her sister told CNN that for Janna, the hardest part of winning wouldn’t have been losing her privacy, but having to move away from her beloved Janesville. But, she said, Janna always blooms where she’s planted and she would have done wonderfully. Seeing Paul every day would have been a huge pro if they had won.
4. She’s a Millionaire
In 2012, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Ryans’ maximum estimated assets were $7.6 million. And $6.5 million of that was from Janna’s holdings and her trust. Her parents, Dan and Prudence Little, were lawyers in Oklahoma and oversaw gas and mineral rights in the Red River area. Janna’s mother battled cancer for several years until she passed away in 2010, The New York Times reported.
Much of the family’s wealth comes from Janna’s grandfather, Reuel Winfred Little. In 1927, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma law school with just $25 to his name, the LA Times reported. He became a millionaire several times over, once from a patent, once from legal work, and also from redeveloping military housing.
5. The Ryans Have Three Children And Janna Loves Being a Mom
Paul and Janna Ryan have three children: Liza, Charles, and Sam. Janna absolutely loves being a mom. They raise their children in Janesville, Wisconsin. Janna likes to keep her home “a sanctuary from politics,” her sister, Dana, told CNN. When Paul is home, they focus on family, friends, the community, and the Packers.
Paul Ryan: Job of U.S. Lawmaker Is to Put Yourself in Shoes of Foreign Citizens | BREITBART | OCT 20, 2015
As the donor class continues to push for a Paul Ryan Speakership, conservative activists have renewed their scrutiny of Ryan’s support for a radical Republican policy of open borders. Breitbart News has discovered yet another little-noticed video in which Ryan articulates his commitment to immigration policies that would dissolve America’s sovereignty.
The video, uploaded by the Journal Times, shows Ryan at a July 2013 bilingual Hispanic Listening Session in Racine, Wisconsin. At the meeting, Paul Ryan told a predominantly Hispanic audience that the job of a U.S. lawmaker is to put oneself in the shoes of foreign nationals who want to come to the United States, then work to discover solutions to make their lives better.
The Journal Times notes that the purpose of the meeting was for Ryan to “explai[n] to them his motives” for pushing to enact Marco Rubio’s amnesty and mass immigration agenda in the House of Representatives.
As Ryan spoke, translators conveyed his message to audience members who did not speak English.
“This is the American Dream. This is the American idea. Look, put yourself in another person’s shoes, which if you’re in elected office, that’s what you kind of have to do that almost every single day. The job we have–and what we do is we take different people’s perspectives. The gentleman from India who’s waiting for his green card. The DREAMer who is waiting. We take all these different perspectives. We process it through our values and our morals and our principles. And then we come up with the answer to try and solve this problem. That’s basically what we do in our jobs.”
Ryan’s statement may strike some listeners as bizarre—many may think that the job of U.S. Congressman ought to be to put himself in the shoes of his citizen constituents who elected him, giving their needs greater priority than the desires of someone from a foreign country.
Ryan’s message, however, of prioritizing the needs and desire of foreign nationals who do not reside in the United States, is in line with the thought process of those who support the principles of open borders—i.e., a policy of allowing foreign goods and labor to freely and legally cross into and out of the country without interference.
For instance, Marco Rubio—who co-authored the Gang of Eight amnesty bill and has supported several plans that would expand existing record-high immigration—said in the first presidential debate that the only people who don’t get enough attention and “who never ge[t] talked about in these debates” are the foreign citizens “who have been waiting for 15 years to come to the United States.”
Similarly, Congressman Mick Mulvaney has argued that it’s too difficult to give foreign citizens access to American jobs, American schools, and U.S. ballots. “The simple truth is our immigration system is broken… it’s too difficult to enter America the right way,” Mulvaney states on his website.
However, the Ryan-Rubio-Mulvaney argument that the United States is difficult to enter simply is not true. In fact, the United States has the most generous immigration policy in the world. Because of its vast admissions policy, America has four times more immigrants living here than has any other country on the planet. As a result of our current federal policy of autopilot visas dispensations, each and every day the United States admits enough net immigrants to fill an overcrowded, metropolitan high school. Every week, the United States imports enough immigrants to fill the Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Lakers play. Every month, we resettle a number of immigrants that is nearly the size of the population of East Los Angeles. Every year, we receive a population the size of Dallas. Every three years, we add another entire city of Los Angeles made up of foreign-born immigrants.
In just Muslim immigration alone, the U.S. gives more visas to Muslim migrants each year than there are Mulvaney voters in his district of South Carolina. According to Pew Research, only 11 percent of Muslim Americans identify as Republican or leaning-Republican, making them one of the most reliable Democrat voting blocs in the country.
Since Paul Ryan became a U.S. Congressman, the U.S. has added more immigrants than there were Romney primary voters in 2012 [9.8 million]. Since Wisconsin voters sent Paul Ryan to Washington, the U.S. has imported a population of immigrants that is nearly three times larger than the entire population of Wisconsin [5.7 million].
The Ryan-Rubio Republican message of prioritizing the needs of foreign nationals above U.S. citizens stands in stark contrast to populist Republican thought leader, Senator Jeff Sessions. The Alabama Senator argues that the job of a U.S. lawmaker ought to be to represent his constituents—not special interest groups, big business donors, or other nations. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot, Sessions declared:
“I love America. I believe I’m an elected official. And who puts me in office? […] The people who should benefit from my actions are the American people. That’s who should be first. Some people seem to think they represent groups, they seem to think we represent the whole world, they think we represent business groups, and activist groups and La Raza or the Chamber of Commerce, and we’re losing sight of who we represent. And it’s absolutely clear that too large a flow of [foreign] workers, particularly lower skilled workers, hammer American workers, damage their ability to get a pay raise or even get a job. That’s not disputable. That matter has been settled. And someone needs to be worried about those people… I think that’s been lost sight of in your nation’s capital.”
Paul Ryan Says U.S. Must Admit Muslim Migrants, Sends Kids to Private School that Screens Them Out | BREITBART | MAY 6, 2016
After the Paris terrorist attack, House Speaker Paul Ryan declared that the United States cannot turn away the hundreds of thousands of Islamist migrants now being approved for visas to enter the United States. Ryan declared that it is not “appropriate” to consider the religious attitudes of would-be migrants seeking admission.
After the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Ryan echoed President Obama in condemning what was described as Donald Trump’s “religious test.” However, a Breitbart News investigation now reveals that while Paul Ryan wants no ‘religious test’ for who gets admitted into America, Ryan sends his children to a private school that uses a “religious test” in its admissions process.
Ryan sends his children to a Catholic school connected to the parish where he was an altar boy as a child.
Breitbart News reached out to the school as a perspective applicant and obtained a copy of the school’s 2015-2016 registration papers and tuition contract. The document inquires specifically into the applicant’s religious background — in particular, it asks whether the applicant is a parishioner at the associated Catholic parish. The school recruits through the parish by offering a tuition discount to those who have been baptized and are members of the parish.