Ryan returns to Washington
November 7th, 2012
01:08 AM ET
10 years ago

Ryan returns to Washington

Boston (CNN) – Mitt Romney's running mate will return to Washington in January even though the Republican presidential nominee and Paul Ryan lost their bid for the White House.

The 14-year lawmaker won an eighth term representing Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, which is located in the southeastern part the state near Lake Michigan and includes parts of Milwaukee County.

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When CNN projected him the winner Tuesday night, Ryan had a comfortable lead over Democrat Rob Zerban, who tried to cast his opponent as largely absent from his district while he campaigned for vice president.

For nearly 13 weeks Ryan campaigned aggressively around the country after joining the Republican ticket on August 11.

Wisconsin law allows Ryan to serve as his party's vice presidential nominee and also run at the same time for an eighth term in the House.

Ryan, who serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee, ran a number of television ads for his House re-election bid.

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. wdr - Canada

    What would have happened to Ryan's Congressional Seat if he (heaven forbid) had won? This type of double-dipping shows the worst side of politics no matter what side of the Canada/US border you live. We have our fair share of two-faced politicians here too. Maybe Tom Clancy had it right on how to remake government with real people, not career politicians.

    November 7, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Culpepper

    People of Wisconsin should feel shame even having produced a politician such as Paul Ryan

    November 7, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. cm

    I think you both deserve a long trip to Cayan Island. Have a great time.

    November 7, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. sassysticks53

    Paul Ryan can go back to Congress and continue to do nothing!

    November 7, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Curt

    Kind of shows how much faith he had in winning with Romney when he still ran for congress. A career politician which is the cause of the problems. Maybe they need to change the election rules so you can only run for one position.

    November 7, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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