Ohio has trended less purple and more red in the past few decades. But the times they may be a changin’.
Congressman Tim Ryan OH-13 is working hard to be that change. In running for the U.S. Senate, he has identified himself as a true champion of the working class. “I am running to fight like hell in the U.S Senate to cut workers in on the deal. Ohioans are working harder than ever, they’re doing everything right, and they’re still falling behind,” he said.
In an article on the race between Democrat Tim Ryan and Republican venture capitalist J.D. Vance, Newsweek noted, “Vance only garnered just under 37 percent of GOP voters’ support, while Ryan was backed by nearly 70 percent of Democrats in his primary. Vance’s victory among Republicans was polarizing, with many conservative politicians and officials criticizing Trump’s decision to back him. Whether that disunity among Ohio Republicans will benefit Ryan on November 8 remains to be seen.”
Ryan currently represents Ohio’s 13th district in the U.S. House. His name became nationally known when he briefly ran for President in 2019. He previously represented Ohio’s 17th district and served in the Ohio State Senate.
A lifelong Ohioan, Ryan lives with his wife, Andrea, and their three children in Howland, just a few miles from the house where he grew up in Niles. His mother and father divorced when he was seven, and he was raised by his mother.
Ryan swapped the gridiron for a life in Congress. He was star quarterback on his high school team and slated to play in college but was sidelined by a football injury. A shared interest in football led Ryan to work as a staff assistant to the late and colorful Democratic Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.
Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bowling Green State University. He studied abroad as part of the Dickinson School of Law’s International Law Program in Florence, Italy. He received a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
ON THE ISSUES
Ryan supports choice. “There are many factors involved when a woman decides to end a pregnancy, and over the past 14 years in political office, I have gained a deeper understanding of the complexities and emotions that accompany the difficult decisions that women and families make when confronted with these situations. I’ve heard firsthand from women of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds about the circumstances and hardships that accompany this personal choice, which we should not judge.”
In the U.S. Congress this year, Ryan voted to pass Protecting Our Kids Act, a legislative package of critical, common sense gun safety measures that will help save lives by closing dangerous loopholes, strengthening safe storage requirements, targeting gun trafficking, and banning bump stocks and high-capacity magazines.
Ryan supports investing in energy efficiency, clean energy like wind and solar, and advanced vehicle technologies. He has opposed cutting important agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, Interior Department, and the Energy Department.