To most of America, Mitt Romney’s new running mate Paul Ryan is still a relatively fresh face, but some voters have known him for over a decade. Ryan was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1998 to represent Wisconsin’s first district in the southeast corner of the state. The district contains the small city of Janesville, where Ryan grew up, and the southern portion of Milwaukee County.
Owen Robinson is a conservative blogger at Boots and Sabers. He lives in Milwaukee. Vivian Creekmore is a retired social worker and one of the vice chairs of the Democratic Party in Ryan’s hometown, the Rock County Democrats.