“A Walk Down Memory Lane”: Congressman Ryan Talks Accomplishments, Retirement with Charles Benson
Recently, Wisconsin’s First District Congressman and House Speaker Paul Ryan sat down with Charles Benson to discuss his accomplishments in the House and decision to leave Congress after 20 years of serving Wisconsin’s First District. You can watch the full interview here, or read excerpts from Congressman Ryan’s “walk down memory lane” below.
Charles Benson: “History will always say he was the kid who grew up in Janesville to become the 54th Speaker of the House…Ryan is the youngest of four children. At age 28 he was the second youngest member of the House when elected in 1998. At age 45 he was the youngest elected House Speaker in nearly 150 years.”
Charles Benson: “Why did it come down to this moment in time?”
Congressman Ryan: “You know, it’s because I got a lot done...It’s the ticking time of the family…It's my kids are 13, 14, 16, and on this job, I travel so much more than an ordinary member of Congress.”
Charles Benson: “The to-do list included cutting taxes, which was accomplished in December.”
Congressman Ryan: “Ninety percent of Americans are getting bigger paychecks because of the tax cuts. They are starting to see that."