Paul Ryan married Janna Little, a tax attorney in 2000. Janna, a native of Oklahoma, is a graduate of St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Wellesley College, and George Washington University Law School. Her cousin is Democratic Representative Dan Boren, also of Oklahoma.
Paul Ryan popped the question at one of his favorite fishing spots, Big St. Germain Lake in northern Wisconsin. The Ryans live in the Courthouse Hill historic district of Janesville, Wisconsin. They have three children: Liza, Charles, and Sam.
In detail, Janna has been pushed by the Romney campaign as a traditional housewife who adores her kids and supports her husband.
Before her marriage, Janna was a tax lawyer and big-time lobbyist. She was a Washington insider, like her husband. She worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and had a controversial client roster….
The Huffington Post has reported on the kind of work Janna Ryan did before she was married: "Over just three years, Ryan’s 20 corporate clients paid more than $2.7 million in lobbying fees to her two employers, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Williams & Jensen, according to records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. Her client roster reads like a who’s who of some of America’s most politically polarizing corporate interests. Drug industry clients included the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers Alliance (PhRMA), Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Novartis. Oil industry clients included Conoco and Marathon Oil. Big health insurance companies Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna were also on the list. "
So, not only was she a lobbyist, but Janna seems to have been a very successful one.
In fact, Janna Ryan comes from a long line of lawyers, according to the Daily Beast: "Janna’s grandfather, Reuel W. Little, a lawyer and rancher, was the American Party’s candidate for governor in 1970. The Oklahoman reported on its political blog that the American Party was organized as a third party to support the presidential candidacy of Alabama’s then-segregationist governor George Wallace, and that Little was instrumental in the party’s founding in Oklahoma in the 1960s. He died in 1993 at age 92…A more likely and powerful role model is her late mother, Prudence Little, who graduated from Wellesley with honors and was first in her class at the University of Oklahoma law school."
It appears that Janna Ryan has developed all the right qualifications through the years and she would be a great asset to Paul Ryan, not just his baby mamma....What do you think?
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