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The other Ryan: the candidate’s wife, Janna
The Deacon's Bench ^ | August 12, 2012 | Deacon Greg Kandra

Posted on 08/12/2012 2:59:38 PM PDT by NYer

An interesting glimpse at Paul Ryan’s wife, from the Washington Post:

Janna Ryan, wife of Republican vice presidential pick Rep. Paul Ryan, is the poster girl for Generation X women who wanted to have it all.

Ryan, 43, like many of her 40-something peers, is a stay-at-home mother with an impressive resume. She prefers her husband’s hometown, Janesville, Wis., to Washington and remains out of the political limelight.

But Janna Christine Little Ryan hails from Oklahoma, a state known for its Will Rogers’s common-sense ideals mixed with a smidgen of Wild West attitude.

She grew up Madill, Okla., in the southern part of the state on the Texas state line. Founded in 1901, the small town, population 3,781 in 2009, was a spot on the train route from Dallas to Tulsa. Madill is also known for its trailer manufacturing firms.

Politics, it appears, was in Janna’s blood from the beginning.

The Oklahoman’s political blog reported Saturday that her grandfather, Reuel W. Little, was a lawyer and rancher in the state who helped form a third political party in Oklahoma in the 1960s. His 1993 obituary stated that he was the American Party’s gubernatorial candidate in 1970. Three years earlier, Little started the push for a third party in order to get former Alabama governor George Wallace on the ballot as a presidential candidate.

Janna’s first cousin is Oklahoma Democratic Rep. Dan Boren. He issued a statement on Saturday about the Ryans:

“Andrea and I are excited for Paul and Janna. Janna and I grew up together and I couldn’t be more proud of my cousin. Like my late mother after whom she is named, Janna is a wonderful parent to their children and will be Paul’s strongest supporter on the campaign trail.”

Janna left Oklahoma to attend Wellesley College, the alma mater of many remarkable women including Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Diane Sawyer. After graduation, she attended George Washington University Law School and became a tax attorney and lobbyist for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Arlington, Va.

Janna met Paul through a mutual friend. Rumor has it that the pair often hunted together (Paul Ryan prefers bows and arrows for hunting) during their brief courtship in 1999. They even shared a deer stand. Not surprising, since every Oklahoma woman I know loves to hunt.

Paul asked Janna to marry him on a lake where he often fished. They married in Oklahoma City in 2000 and then settled in Ryan’s Wisconsin’s home town, population 63,479, where they live in a historic house with six bedrooms and eight baths.

The couple has three children: Elizabeth Anne, Charles Wilson, and Samuel Lowery. According to news reports, Janna is a devout Catholic and attends St. John Vianney Catholic Church with her husband when he is in town.

An owner of an Italian restaurant in Janesville told Politico, “She’s a very soft spoken, elegant, and lady-like. Very family-oriented. Always with her kids, always here picking up food for her family. Just warm, easygoing, not upfront in the public arena. You can see her on the TV, she really stays back and doesn’t attract much attention to herself. Just an amazing lady-like figure.”

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1 posted on 08/12/2012 2:59:48 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 08/12/2012 3:00:47 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

Countdown to the left calling this profile racist - 3, 2, 1 . . .


3 posted on 08/12/2012 3:06:26 PM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: NYer
and remains out of the political limelight.

Unlike the wife of ANY democRAT...

To me, political spouses are like children....to be seen and not heard.

4 posted on 08/12/2012 3:06:26 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: NYer
How about this picture where she is on her way to join the group hug.

 
Paul Ryan, Family Man and proud of it!

5 posted on 08/12/2012 3:11:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Ouderkirk

How sexist and insensitive of you!

/sarc

Yeah, I sort of agree with you, with what the media did to Palin’s children in 2008, but it’s not like she was going to leave them in Alaska with someone when she accepted the nomination for VP.


6 posted on 08/12/2012 3:12:48 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Salvation

Great picture.


7 posted on 08/12/2012 3:13:00 PM PDT by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: NYer

The comments after the article are off the charts. Ryan scares the pants off the Dems. It’s going to get so ugly.


8 posted on 08/12/2012 3:21:44 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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10 posted on 08/12/2012 3:26:38 PM PDT by narses
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To: NYer

” - - - After graduation, she attended George Washington University Law School and became a tax attorney - - - “

Hmmmmmmmm - - - . Looks like Paul Ryan probably owes a lot of credit for his considerable tax expertise to his wife - - - .


11 posted on 08/12/2012 3:32:15 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: KansasGirl

Especially with Janna going toward her kids and husband. Ann Romney is totally focused on Mitt — no sense of family displayed in my opinion.

Pictures tell a lot about people.


12 posted on 08/12/2012 3:43:31 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: LRoggy

Somebody somewhere on the left will start yacking about the Wallace connection and milk it for all it’s worth.


13 posted on 08/12/2012 3:53:13 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: NYer
they live in a historic house with six bedrooms and eight baths

All five of them? Wow, a jam-packed place!

(No, that wasn't nice. Oh, well.)

14 posted on 08/12/2012 4:01:08 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("You're screwed, losers. Steyn 2012!")
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To: Salvation

I don’t think that is fair to say that Ann Romney doesn’t have a sense of “family”. I think it is refreshing to see a woman that still adores her husband after the kids are grown. Mrs Ryan is lovely and so is Mrs Romney. It does bring a tear to your eye when you see the little Ryan children with their parents. I would bet that Paul Ryan doesn’t spend all his down time golfing.


15 posted on 08/12/2012 4:03:23 PM PDT by happyhomemaker (Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Rom 12:12)
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To: NYer

I think we oughta save the privacy of Ryan.


16 posted on 08/12/2012 4:07:46 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: happyhomemaker

Agree that Ann Romney heading toward Willard is perfectly OK. However, had it been me, I would have been watching the kids with their daddy and enjoying every bit of it. I think she missed a great opportunity to compliment the Ryan family.

There, is that better?


17 posted on 08/12/2012 4:16:15 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Revolting cat!

Nice turn of phrase, ‘Cat.


18 posted on 08/12/2012 4:25:27 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Salvation; happyhomemaker

These sorts of observations ... are often unfair. Have you ever had a snapshot taken in which you had an unkind expression? Or were looking silly? When a split second moment is captured on film it doesn’t tell the whole story. How do we know that Ann Romney had not just been smiling and looking at the children, then focused on her husband and still had a smile - maybe even a “remember when ours were that age” type smile???

If it were a video... and she totally ignored the Ryan family - perhaps there would be a point to be made....


19 posted on 08/12/2012 4:28:43 PM PDT by Momto2 (I hate it when I wake up and Obama is President.......)
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To: MachIV
Somebody somewhere on the left will start yacking about the Wallace connection and milk it for all it’s worth.

Count on it. But those of us old enough to remember George C. Wallace are also old enough to remember that he did a complete 180 turn on his earlier celebrated racial views and served in the twilight of his life as an elder statesman of Alabama politics beloved by black and white citizens alike.

The Rev. Billy Graham officiated at his funeral which was packed by Alabamans of all races.

For the record, he really never was a racist to begin with. He put on some of the make-up after losing his first race for public office because he wasn't sufficiently segregationist for the era.

20 posted on 08/12/2012 4:31:16 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Salvation

I understand your point but remember how Mrs McCain tried to horn in on the Palin kids and freaked them out? Can you imagine all the Ps& Qs the little Ryan kids had to remember...it probably would have been overkill to have Mrs Romney add to the moment and add to their stress. I think all the families handled it with grace. I still remember when our “lovely” family was chosen to light the Advent wreath at church and suddenly my well behaved 4 yr old son decided to throw a fit because he thought the lighter wasn’t throwing out a big enough flame LOL!!


21 posted on 08/12/2012 4:33:11 PM PDT by happyhomemaker (Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Rom 12:12)
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To: NYer

Wow she went to Wellesley and is a lawyer.

That’s major buzzkill for me.

Paul what we’re you thinking?


22 posted on 08/12/2012 4:34:02 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: NYer

She will make an excellent FIRST lady.


23 posted on 08/12/2012 4:37:38 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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To: CaptainK

“The comments after the article are off the charts. Ryan scares the pants off the Dems.”

I’m loving it! I’ve been checking the libtard sites and OMG.

Prepare for the riots when their Kenyan gets the boot!


24 posted on 08/12/2012 4:38:32 PM PDT by 1035rep (Obama: "I killed Bin Laden" ...you didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: Tax-chick

I’ve wondered how many square feet you have per person in your house. (We will be dropping below 220 sometime in the next two months).


25 posted on 08/12/2012 5:07:06 PM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: CaptainK

“The comments after the article are off the charts.”

You have that right! Hell, the comments are more enlightening tan the story itself!

The left have become unhinged in this country!


26 posted on 08/12/2012 5:23:46 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: CaptainK

-——The comments after the article are off the charts. Ryan scares the pants off the Dems. It’s going to get so ugly.———

Whoa....right you are....the comments are vile ugly mean nasty.....these people are very scared their little socialist dream is about to ripped away and are lashing out like petulant child that need to be insitutionized...


27 posted on 08/12/2012 5:35:33 PM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: NYer
i can hear RAT heads exploding right now...

Janna met Paul through a mutual friend. Rumor has it that the pair often hunted together (Paul Ryan prefers bows and arrows for hunting) during their brief courtship in 1999. They even shared a deer stand. Not surprising, since every Oklahoma woman I know loves to hunt.

28 posted on 08/12/2012 5:47:32 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: NYer

This is the best picture I have ever seen of Janna.

And why are people making snide remarks about her and her house? She lives in a 100 year old house on the same block where Paul grew up and within 5 blocks of 8 other Ryan families. I find that charming, not odd. She raises her kids like a single mom most of the week because she chooses to live in Wisconsin, not DC. Paul sleeps in his office in DC and rushes right home after the House closes business for the week.

29 posted on 08/12/2012 5:55:03 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: NYer

This is the best picture I have ever seen of Janna.

And why are people making snide remarks about her and her house? She lives in a 100 year old house on the same block where Paul grew up and within 5 blocks of 8 other Ryan families. I find that charming, not odd. She raises her kids like a single mom most of the week because she chooses to live in Wisconsin, not DC. Paul sleeps in his office in DC and rushes right home after the House closes business for the week.

30 posted on 08/12/2012 5:55:03 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: Salvation

Paul Ryan’s kids do not belong to Ann Romney. Why should she be hugging them? To suggest that she should is just off base.


31 posted on 08/12/2012 5:57:53 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: KansasGirl

“Great picture.”

It is. Notice how they’re walking in the same direction and both are smiling, but they’re looking in different directions. Ann is looking at Mitt, whose hand is at the edge of the photo, and Janna is looking at Paul and their kids. Good shot.


32 posted on 08/12/2012 5:58:52 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam ("When America ceases to be good, she'll cease to be great!” - de Tocqueville)
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To: Salvation

Good grief! It’s one photograph.


33 posted on 08/12/2012 6:00:28 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Graewoulf
Looks like Paul Ryan probably owes a lot of credit for his considerable tax expertise to his wife - - - .

Or mutual interests drew them together as a precursor to their marriage.

Paul Ryan received his early training at the feet of Jack Kemp as his staffer and speech writer. And Jack Kemp served as speech writer and staffer to Ronald Reagan when he was Governor of California. So, you could say that Ryan's political genealogy extends in a direct line from Ronald Reagan.

34 posted on 08/12/2012 6:04:35 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: CaptainK
The comments after the article are off the charts. Ryan scares the pants off the Dems. It’s going to get so ugly.

Yes, the comments at the linked WashPost article are truly ugly.

35 posted on 08/12/2012 6:26:13 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (A deep-fried storm is coming, Mr Obama.)
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To: Hieronymus

I had to find a pencil and do a long division problem! It’s something around 210, because there are 11 of us, and the house is a bit less than 2,400 sq.ft. When Anoreth is home, we’re under 200, and tripping over each other a lot. Of course, Kathleen (at 6 months) doesn’t need much space, while Tom (6’2”, 240 lbs.) ought to have his own Quonset hut.

It’s the eight bathrooms that make me sigh with longing. That’s not typical in older houses; I wonder if the place was a boarding house or something like that, at some point.

And congratulations on the shrinkage of your house!


36 posted on 08/12/2012 6:31:13 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("You're screwed, losers. Steyn 2012!")
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To: NYer
Sacajawea ~ take a look at the town layout for where mrs ryan is from in oklahoma. This was a town of some note on one of the 5 nations reserves before it ended up being sold to white folk.

So the town is a lot older than history has it. It is unique!

37 posted on 08/12/2012 6:35:39 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Sacajaweau
Sacajaweau ~ take a look at the town layout for where mrs ryan is from in oklahoma. This was a town of some note on one of the 5 nations reserves before it ended up being sold to white folk.

So the town is a lot older than history has it. It is unique!

38 posted on 08/12/2012 6:53:06 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Tax-chick

The eight bathrooms—hmmm. Yes. How many girls do you have? We now have a bath and a half, but together they are under 40 square feet.

When our eldest was about three and her mother was attempting to get her out of the bathroom, she said something to the effect of “You can have privacy or you can have love—you can’t have both. Which do you choose?”


39 posted on 08/12/2012 7:04:16 PM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Hieronymus

Four girls, three at home, two using the bathroom ;-). The bathroom-hogs are the 18-year-old son and the 12-year-old daughter ... and we’d probably have the 3-year-old toilet trained if there wasn’t always somebody in there!


40 posted on 08/12/2012 7:12:25 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("You're screwed, losers. Steyn 2012!")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That’s not what I said.

I said If I were Ann Romney I would be standing still in my spot enjoying the scene of Paul Ryan hugging his kids. — at least that’s what I meant.


41 posted on 08/12/2012 7:29:08 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

As a divorced father of two grown sons, that picture really, really brings tears to my eyes. . . .


42 posted on 08/12/2012 7:31:14 PM PDT by RatRipper (Obama, YOU LIE!!! . . .again and again and again and again, ad infinitum. . . .)
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To: RatRipper

It brought tears to my eyes, too.


43 posted on 08/12/2012 7:52:19 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Mitt is Ann’s family!


44 posted on 08/12/2012 7:59:11 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will j rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: NYer
So that's what the Mediscare Devil and his evil spawn look like.

I'll bet they're already putting a copy of that picture on dart boards at all the Old Folks Homes that Democrats descend on with their Absentee Ballots on Election Day.

The hell with Bingo night, break out the Darts.

45 posted on 08/12/2012 7:59:25 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Republicans Hope people are Smart, but Democrats Know people are Stupid.)
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To: happyhomemaker

He’s a hunter.......


46 posted on 08/12/2012 8:00:41 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will j rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: RatRipper

I’m SO sorry!


47 posted on 08/12/2012 8:09:15 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will j rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Salvation

I must have mis-understood. I couldn’t believe all the sniping at both Janna and Ann — 2 perfectly nice ladies.

I was talking to a cousin in California tonight who commented that she thought that Ann Romney didn’t look good (we have a mutual cousin who died from MS). My cousin is a big Romney supporter, which is a rare person in CA, but she depressed me by saying that these guys “...aren’t going to win. Nobody will listen to them.”

I just said that they wouldn’t win California, but that the rest of the nation will elect them.


48 posted on 08/12/2012 8:16:21 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Thank you, but it’s OK. Wanted to be a family forever, and I love my sons. Divorced 11 years now. Some things in life you just don’t get over. My sons live about 150 miles away and they ALWAYS give me a hug when I see them.


49 posted on 08/12/2012 8:31:20 PM PDT by RatRipper (Obama, YOU LIE!!! . . .again and again and again and again, ad infinitum. . . .)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
People with autoimmune disease tire very quickly. You can imagine how tough Mrs. Romney's schedule is. She needs to take little break and let the Ryan's take over.
50 posted on 08/12/2012 9:36:08 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will j rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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