10 things you might not know about GOP vice presidential pick Paul Ryan

Published: Monday, Aug. 13 2012 3:06 p.m. MDT

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Ryan is a fifth-generation Wisconsinite, with his ancestors moving into the state in the 1800s. He is from Janesville, Wis., where his great-grandfather started a family construction firm in 1884 that is still being run by his cousins today. Ryan's wife, Janna Christine Little from Oklahoma, graduated from Wellesley before attending George Washington University Law School and working as a tax lawyer. The couple met in 1999 and were married in 2000 before moving to Janesville. He lives in his office in Washington and travels home often. He is "very much a product of Janesville — down-to-earth, basic people," Democratic Wisconsin State Senator Tim Cullen told The New York Times. The Ryans have assets valued between $2 million and $7.7 million last year.

* In this Nov, 4 1998 photo, then-newly-elected U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, of Janesville, Wis., greets Louise Parker, left, and Grace Larson, both from Racine, while they were having lunch at the Cottonpicker Restaurant & Lounge, in Burlington, Wis.
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