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Miami alumnus Paul Ryan named U.S. vice presidential candidate

08/13/2012

Paul Ryan
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin (Miami ’92) continues Miami University’s tradition of leadership and service in being named vice presidential running mate for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Ryan, who was a political science and economics double major, also received an honorary degree from Miami in 2009 when he and fellow alumnus then-Congressman Steve Driehaus (Miami ’88) U.S. Rep. of Ohio, 2009-2010, were keynote speakers at Miami’s Bicentennial Commencement.

While a student at Miami, Ryan was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and worked on a campaign for current Speaker of the House John Boehner. In 1990, the summer of his junior year, Ryan interned for Sen. Bob Kasten, then-ranking member on the Small Business Subcommittee.

In his commencement address to Miami’s 2009 graduates, Ryan remarked on his time at Miami. “I remember my own transformative experience here. … It is here at Miami where I was able to find myself; I found a sense of direction and a sense of identity. The incredible people that shaped me here ­ friends, faculty and mentors ­ have left an indelible mark that I'll forever be grateful for.

“It was here where I fell in love with economics and public policy, and six years after graduating, I got elected to Congress. It was here at Miami where friends and professors alike challenged me to stretch my mind and think critically of the world we live in. “

Miami’s legacy of national public service includes Benjamin Harrison, Miami class of 1852, who was a U.S. president from 1889-1893. Whitelaw Reid, who was Harrison’s running mate in his re-election bid, graduated from Miami in 1856. Other leadership history includes these facts: During the Civil War, 13 Miamians rose to the rank of general. Two members of Lincoln’s cabinet were Miami graduates. Five Miamians were governors, while three were U.S. senators during the 1860s.

Five living Miamians are current or recent members of Congress, including Ryan and Driehaus. Others include current Sen. Maria Cantwell (Miami ’80) of the state of Washington, former Sen. Mike DeWine (Miami ’69) of Ohio and former Rep. Michael Oxley (Miami ’66) of Ohio.

Miami’s public service in the form of student volunteering was recognized with one of five national Presidential Awards for service this spring. Given by the U. S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency, it is the highest federal recognition a university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

“Miami has had a remarkable impact on our country throughout its 203 years, from members of Lincoln's cabinet to our sitting members of Congress today and our students who are emerging leaders," said Miami President David Hodge. "We celebrate the leadership and public service of Miami students and alumni.”

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