Tim Ryan Biography
Tim Ryan (Timothy John Ryan), is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 13th congressional district since 2003.
Tim was born in Niles, Ohio and after graduating from Bowling Green State University, he worked as an aide to Congressman Jim Traficant.
Tim served in the Ohio Senate from 2001 to 2002 before winning election to succeed Traficant and in 2016, he launched an unsuccessful challenge to unseat Nancy Pelosi as party leader of the House Democrats.
On April 4, 2019, he announced his candidacy for President of the United States.
Tim Ryan Age
Tim is 45 years old as of 2018. He was born on July 16, 1973.
Tim Ryan Wife
Tim is married to Andrea Zetts, a school teacher. The couple got married in 2013 and in 2014 they were blessed with a son, Brady. Andrea Zetts also has two children from a previous relationship and they all live together.
Tim Ryan United States Representative
In 2002, Jim Traficant was convicted on criminal charges and it is after this that Tim declared his candidacy for the 17th District. As the result of redistricting following the 2000 census, the 17th, which had long been based in Youngstown, had been pushed to the west and now included much of Portage County and part of Akron.
Before the redistricting, all of Akron had been part of the 14th District, represented by eight-term Democrat Tom Sawyer; the 14th had been eliminated in the year 2000 redistricting; most of it was drawn into the 13th District of fellow Democrat Sherrod Brown, but Sawyer’s home was drawn into the 17th.
Initially, Tim was seen as an underdog in a six-way Democratic primary that included Sawyer.
In the 2002 Democratic primary, Tim Ryan defeated Sawyer, who was seen as insufficiently labor-friendly in the newly-drawn district, and in the November 2002 general election, he faced Republican Insurance Commissioner Ann Womer Benjamin as well as Traficant, who ran as an independent from his prison cell.
Tim won with 51 percent of the vote, besting Benjamin by a solid 14-point margin and he took office in January 2003. He was the youngest Democrat in the House, at 29 years of age.
Since then, Tim has been re-elected five times, only once facing a contest nearly as close as his first. In 2010, Tim was held to 53 percent of the vote; Traficant, running as an independent, took 16 percent. In every election since his first run for the district, Tim has won at least 67 percent of the vote.
In 2012, his district was renumbered as the 13th and it was pushed westward, absorbing most of Akron.
Tim Ryan Office
During his first year in office, Tim was one of seven members of Congress who voted against the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act, and one of 8 Congressmen who opposed ratification of FTC’s establishment of a National Do Not Call Registry.
Tim was a member of the “30 Something” Working Group, which is a Congressional caucus that includes those members of the United States House of Representatives who are Democrats and have not yet reached the age of 40.
The group was organized by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to energize and engage younger people in politics by focusing on issues that are important to them.
Tim voted for the Stupak Amendment restricting federal funding for abortions, but in January 2015, he announced that having “gained a deeper understanding of the complexities and emotions that accompany the difficult decisions [about whether to end a pregnancy]” over his time in public office, he had reversed his position on abortion and now identified as pro-choice.
On November 17, 2016, Tim initiated a bid to replace Pelosi as House Minority Leader, prompted by colleagues following the 2016 presidential election. After Nancy Pelosi agreed to give more leadership opportunities to junior members, she defeated Tim Ryan by a vote of 134–63 on November 30.
Tim helped Adi Othman, an illegal immigrant in Youngstown, Ohio, remain in the United States.
Adi Othman had lived in the United States for nearly 40 years, ran several businesses in Youngstown, was married to a US citizen and had four US-born children and Tim Ryan repeatedly presented a bill to Congress whereby Othman would be granted a more thorough review of his case to stay in the United States (Othman disputed a verdict by immigration officials on a matter which affected his legal status); the fact that the bill was in motion meant that Othman could temporarily stay.
However, in February 2018, Adi Othman was deported from the United States after President Donald Trump directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to increase the number of arrests and deportations of illegal immigrants.
Tim Ryan condemned the deportation, saying “To watch these families get ripped apart is the most heart-breaking thing any American citizen could ever see … Because you are for these families, it doesn’t mean you are not for a secure border.”
Tim Ryan Committees
Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Defense
- Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Committee on the Budget
Tim Ryan is a member of the following caucuses:
- Co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus
- Co-chair of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus
- United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus
- Sportsmen’s Caucus
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- Ohio River Basin Congressional Caucus
- Afterschool Caucuses
Tim Ryan Presidential Run
Following the 2018 midterms, Tim was widely seen as a possible presidential hopeful for the 2020 presidential election and in February and March 2019, he was seen traveling to early primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.
Later on April 4, 2019, Tim announced his candidacy for President of the United States.