Tim Ryan (politician)

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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Preceded by James Traficant
Constituency 17th district (2003–2013)
13th district (2013–present)
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 32nd district
In office
January 3, 2001 December 19, 2002
Preceded byAnthony Latell
Succeeded by Marc Dann
Personal details
Timothy John Ryan

(1973-07-16) July 16, 1973 (age 45)
Niles, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Andrea Zetts(m. 2013)
Education Youngstown State University
Bowling Green State University (BA)
University of New Hampshire (JD)

Timothy John Ryan (born July 16, 1973) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district since 2003. The district, numbered as the 17th district from 2003 to 2013, takes in a large swath of northeast Ohio, from Youngstown to Akron. Ryan is a member of the Democratic Party.

United States House of Representatives lower house of the United States Congress

The United States House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the United States Congress, the Senate being the upper chamber. Together they comprise the legislature of the United States.

Ohios 13th congressional district American political district

The 13th congressional district of Ohio is represented by Representative Tim Ryan, who defeated Republican Dr. Marisha Agana of Warren on November 6, 2012. Due to reapportionment following the 2010 United States Census, Ohio lost its 17th and 18th congressional districts, necessitating redrawing of district lines. Following the 2012 elections, the 13th district changed to take in much of the territory in the former 17th district, including the city of Youngstown and areas east of Akron.

Ohios 17th congressional district

The 17th congressional district of Ohio is an obsolete congressional district last represented by Representative Tim Ryan.


Born in Niles, Ohio, Ryan worked as an aide to Congressman Jim Traficant after graduating from Bowling Green State University. He served in the Ohio Senate from 2001 to 2002 before winning election to succeed Traficant. In November 2016, Ryan launched an unsuccessful challenge to unseat Nancy Pelosi as party leader of the House Democrats.

Niles, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

Niles is a city in Trumbull County, Ohio, United States. The city's population was 19,266 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Bowling Green State University public university in Bowling Green, Ohio, United States

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is a large, primarily residential, public research university located in Bowling Green, Ohio, United States. The 1,338-acre (541.5 ha) main academic and residential campus is located 15 miles (24 km) south of Toledo, Ohio. The University has nationally recognized programs and research facilities in the natural and social sciences, education, arts, business, health and wellness, humanities and applied technologies. The institution was granted a charter in 1910 as a normal school, specializing in teacher training and education, as part of the Lowry Normal School Bill that authorized two new normal schools in the state of Ohio. Over the university's history, it developed from a small rural normal school into a comprehensive public university.

Ohio Senate Upper House of the Ohio-ligislature

The Ohio Senate is the upper house of the Ohio General Assembly. The State Senate, which meets in the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, first convened in 1803. Senators are elected for four year terms, staggered every two years such that half of the seats are contested at each election. Even numbered seats and odd numbered seats are contested in separate election years. The President of the Ohio Senate presides over the body when in session, and is currently Larry Obhof.

Early life and career

Ryan was born in Niles, Ohio, the son of Rochelle Maria (Rizzi) and Allen Leroy Ryan; [1] he is of Irish and Italian ancestry. Ryan's parents divorced when he was seven years old, and Ryan was raised by his mother. [2] Ryan graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, where he played football as a quarterback and coached junior high basketball. Ryan was recruited to play football at Youngstown State University, but a knee injury ended his playing career and he transferred to Bowling Green State University. [2] He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Bowling Green in 1995 and was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. After college, Ryan joined the staff of Ohio Congressman Jim Traficant. [2] In 2000, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire. [3] From 2000 to 2002 he served half a term in the Ohio State Senate. [2]

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School is a private, Catholic high school in Warren, Ohio, USA. It is owned and operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown. The school teams are known as the Eagles.

Warren, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

Warren is a city in and the county seat of Trumbull County, Ohio, United States. The municipality is located in northeastern Ohio, approximately 14 miles (23 km) northwest of Youngstown and 15 miles (24 km) west of the Pennsylvania border.

Quarterback position in gridiron football

A quarterback is a position in American and Canadian football. Quarterbacks are members of the offensive team and line up directly behind the offensive line. In modern American football, the quarterback is usually considered the leader of the offensive team, and is often responsible for calling the play in the huddle. The quarterback also touches the ball on almost every offensive play, and is the offensive player that almost always throws forward passes.

United States Representative


After Jim Traficant was convicted on criminal charges in 2002, Ryan declared his candidacy for the 17th District. As the result of redistricting following the 2000 census, the 17th, which had long been based in Youngstown, had been pushed to the west and now included much of Portage County and part of Akron. Before the redistricting, all of Akron had been part of the 14th District, represented by eight-term Democrat Tom Sawyer. The 14th had been eliminated in the year 2000 redistricting; most of it was drawn into the 13th District of fellow Democrat Sherrod Brown, but Sawyer's home was drawn into the 17th. Ryan was initially seen as an underdog in a six-way Democratic primary that included Sawyer. [2]

Redistricting is the process of drawing electoral district boundaries in the United States. A congressional act passed in 1967 requires that representatives be elected from single-member districts, except when a state has a single representative, in which case one state-wide at-large election be held.

Census Acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population

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Portage County, Ohio County in the United States

Portage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 161,419. Its county seat is Ravenna. The county was created in 1807 and organized in 1808 and is named for the portage between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Rivers.

In the 2002 Democratic primary, Ryan defeated Sawyer, who was seen as insufficiently labor-friendly in the newly-drawn district. In the November 2002 general election, he faced Republican Insurance Commissioner Ann Womer Benjamin as well as Traficant, who ran as an independent from his prison cell. Ryan won with 51 percent of the vote, besting Benjamin by a solid 14-point margin. When he took office in January 2003, he was the youngest Democrat in the House, at 29 years of age. He has been reelected five times, [4] [5] only once facing a contest nearly as close as his first. In 2010, he was held to 53 percent of the vote; Traficant, running as an independent, took 16 percent. In every other election since his first run for the district, Ryan has won at least 67 percent of the vote.

Ann Womer Benjamin is the mayor of Aurora, Ohio. She is former executive director of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education. Womer Benjamin served in the cabinet of the former Governor of Ohio Bob Taft as director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. Prior to that appointment, she was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1995–2002. She represented a district which encompassed Portage County, Ohio.

His district was renumbered as the 13th in 2012, and was pushed westward, absorbing most of Akron.


Congressman Tim Ryan talks about Making America Competitive Again and Restoring U.S. Innovation Leadership U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan talks about Making America Competitive Again and Restoring U.S. Innovation Leadership.jpg
Congressman Tim Ryan talks about Making America Competitive Again and Restoring U.S. Innovation Leadership
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Ryan speaking at a rally for Hillary Clinton, October 2016

In his first year in office, Ryan was one of seven members of Congress who voted against the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act, and one of 8 Congressmen who opposed ratification of FTC's establishment of a National Do Not Call Registry. [6]

National Do Not Call Registry

The National Do Not Call Registry is a database maintained by the United States federal government, listing the telephone numbers of individuals and families who have requested that telemarketers not contact them. Certain callers are required by federal law to respect this request. Separate laws and regulations apply to robocalls in the United States.

Ryan was a member of the "30 Something" Working Group, [7] which is a Congressional caucus that includes those members of the United States House of Representatives who are Democrats and have not yet reached the age of 40. It was organized by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to energize and engage younger people in politics by focusing on issues that are important to them. [8]

Ryan voted for the Stupak Amendment restricting federal funding for abortions, but in January 2015, he announced that having "gained a deeper understanding of the complexities and emotions that accompany the difficult decisions [about whether to end a pregnancy]" over his time in public office, he had reversed his position on abortion and now identified as pro-choice. [9]

Before the 2004 presidential election, Ryan spoke on the House floor in an impassioned speech denouncing the Bush administration's denial of a draft reinstatement, comparing this to the administration's previous claims that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction, the Bush tax cuts would create jobs, and other such claims. [10] He repeated in September 2006 with an equally-heated speech criticizing what he felt to be the Bush administration's tendency to distract the public from key issues like the war in Iraq and the economy. [11]

In 2010, Ryan introduced the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act, which sought punitive trade tariffs on countries, notably China, that were engaging in currency manipulation. It passed the House overwhelmingly but never made it to the floor in the Senate. In an October 2010 interview with conservative magazine Human Events , Ryan said tax increases on small businesses were necessary "because we have huge deficits. We gotta shore up Social Security. We gotta shrink our deficits". [12] [13]

Ryan initiated a bid to replace Pelosi as House Minority Leader on November 17, 2016, prompted by colleagues following the 2016 presidential election. [14] After Pelosi agreed to give more leadership opportunities to junior members, [15] she defeated Ryan by a vote of 134–63 on November 30. [16]

Ryan helped Adi Othman, an illegal immigrant in Youngstown, Ohio, remain in the United States. [17] Othman had lived in the United States for nearly 40 years, ran several businesses in Youngstown, was married to a US citizen and had four US-born children. [17] Ryan repeatedly presented a bill to Congress whereby Othman would be granted a more thorough review of his case to stay in the United States (Othman disputed a verdict by immigration officials on a matter which affected his legal status); the fact that the bill was in motion meant that Othman could temporarily stay. [17] However, in February 2018, Othman was deported from the United States after President Trump empowered the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) to enforce the law on illegal immigrants. [17] Ryan condemned the deportation, saying "To watch these families get ripped apart is the most heart-breaking thing any American citizen could ever see ... Because you are for these families, it doesn't mean you are not for a secure border." [17]

Committees and caucuses

As of January 2019, Ryan is a member of the following committees:

Ryan is a member of the following caucuses:


In March 2012, Hay House published Ryan's A Mindful Nation, [21] a book about the practice of mindfulness in both private and public life. He writes in his introduction:

If more citizens can reduce stress and increase performance—even if only by a little—they will be healthier and more resilient. They will be better equipped to face the challenges of daily life, and to arrive at creative solutions to the challenges facing our nation.

In October 2014, the same publisher published Ryan's The Real Food Revolution.

Personal life

In 2013, Ryan married Andrea Zetts, a school teacher. [22] In 2014, Ryan and Zetts had a son, Brady. [23] Ryan also lives with Zetts' two children from a previous relationship. [24]

Electoral history

Ohio's 17th congressional district: Results 2002–2010 [25]
2002 Timothy J. Ryan94,44151% Ann Womer Benjamin 62,18834% James A. Traficant, Jr. Independent 28,04515%
2004 Timothy J. Ryan212,80077% Frank V. Cusimano 62,87123%
2006 Timothy J. Ryan170,36980%Don Manning II41,92520%
2008 Timothy J. Ryan204,02878%Duane Grassell [26] 56,00322% [27]
2010 Timothy J. Ryan102,75853.89%Jim Graham57,35230.08%James A. Traficant, Jr. Independent 30,55616.03%
Ohio's 13th congressional district: Results 2012–2016 [25]
2012 Timothy J. Ryan227,07672.47%Marisha Agana86,26927.53%
2014 Timothy J. Ryan120,23068.49%Thomas Pekarek55,23331.46%
2016 Timothy J. Ryan208,61067.7%Richard Morckel99,37732.3%
2018 Timothy J. Ryan149,27161.80%Chris DePizzo96,22539.20%

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Traficant
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 17th congressional district

Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Betty Sutton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 13th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Dutch Ruppersberger
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Linda Sánchez