Tim Ryan

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Tim Ryan currently serves the 17th Congressional district of Ohio

Timothy J. Ryan, a Democrat, has represented the 17th Congressional District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003. (map)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Recently, before the 2004 presidential election, Ryan spoke on the House floor denouncing the Bush administration's denial of a draft reinstatement, comparing this to the administration's previous claims that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction, the Bush tax cuts would create jobs, and other such claims. A video clip of this impassioned speech began to circulate throughout the Internet, particularly through left-wing media sites, and can be found here [1].

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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Ryan was born July 16, 1973 in Niles, Ohio and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Warren. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University in 1995. In 2000, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire.

Ryan served on the staff of congressman Jim Traficant (D-Ohio) in the mid-1990s. From 2000 to 2002, he served one term in the Ohio State Senate.

Congressional Career

After Traficant was convicted on criminal charges in 2002, Ryan declared his candidacy for his mentor's seat. As the result of redistricting following the 2000 census, the 17th, which had long been based in Youngstown, now included a portion of Akron. Previously, all of Akron had been part of the 14th District, represented by eight-term Democrat Thomas C. Sawyer. However, the 14th had been eliminated in redistricting, and Sawyer's home was drawn into the 17th. In the 2002 Democratic primary, Ryan pulled off a surprise defeat of Sawyer, who was seen as insufficiently labor-friendly in the redrawn district. Traficant ran as an independent in the race.

Congressional career

Ryan easily won election in November. When he took office in January 2003, he was the youngest Democrat in the House. He was reelected with almost no opposition in 2004.

Support for anti-hunger funding and food stamp initiative

Rep. Ryan, along with Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) participated in the Congressional Food Stamp Challenge, a program which would have public officials eat on $21 a week, reflecting the average national weekly food stamp benefit.[1] The challenge was issued in an effort to increase federal funding for anti hunger programs.

Main article: Feeding America’s Families Act

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Don Manning to face Ryan in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2] Ryan retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

Boards and other Affiliations

  • President, Trumbull County Young Democrats, 1995-1998
  • Member, Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • Past Chair, Earning by Learning, Warren, Ohio
  • Member, Italian Fraternal Home
  • Member, Niles Men's Democratic Club
  • Trustee, Young Black Men's Association

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Tim Ryan. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
222 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-3517
Web Email

District Office- Akron:
1030 Tallmadge Avenue
Akron, OH 44310
Phone: 330-630-7311
TollFree: 800-856-4152
Fax: 330-630-7314

District Office- Warren:
197 West Market Street
Warren, OH 44481-1024
Phone: 330-373-0074
TollFree: 800-856-4152
Fax: 330-373-0098

District Office- Youngstown:
241 Federal Plaza West
Youngstown, OH 44503
Phone: 330-740-0193
TollFree: 800-856-4152
Fax: 330-740-0182


Articles and Resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Jim McGovern, "Speech on the food stamp challenge," Congressional Food Stamp Challenge, May 21, 2007.

External articles

External resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 2002
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2003
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Freshman Member?
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Ohio State Senate
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District Offices:
1. 1030 Tallmadge Avenue, Akron, OH 44310
Phone: 330-630-7311 / Fax: 330-630-7314
2. 197 West Market Street, Warren, OH 44481-1024
Phone: 330-373-0074 / Fax: 330-373-0098
3. 241 Federal Plaza West, Youngstown, OH 44503
Phone: 330-740-0193 / Fax: 330-740-0182

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Date of Birth: July 16,1973