Ten Things to Know About Paul Ryan

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  • Paul Ryan's Mobile Office
  • Paul Ryan and Sanctity of Human Life
  • Paul Ryan: A Good Sport
  • Paul Ryan and George W. Bush Budget Director Job Offer
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He's a Survivor

When Ryan's father died, the future lawmaker, then just 16, discovered the body. He responded to the tragedy by becoming self-reliant and used his Social Security survivors benefits to pay for his college education.

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