Senator Sherrod Brown
Congressman Tim Ryan
Sherrod Brown was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio and attended the local public schools. He played basketball and baseball in high school and, along with his brothers Bob and Charlie, became an avid Cleveland Indians fan. Active in scouting, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
His father was a small-town doctor who made house calls and treated everyone regardless of ability to pay. His mother taught her sons to fight for what was right. Sherrod has never forgotten where he comes from.
Tim Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families in Ohio's 13th District. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and was sworn in on January 7, 2003. Successfully reelected seven times, he is now serving his eighth term.
Congressman Ryan currently serves as a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee which controls the expenditure of money by the federal government.
Sherrod has earned a reputation as an independent voice for ordinary Ohioans and middle-class families, in the Senate and prior to that when he represented Ohio’s 13th District in the U.S. House. He is a man of principle who has made a career of standing up to special interests in Washington.
In 2006, Ohio voters elected Sherrod to the United States Senate with one of the largest margins over an incumbent in U.S. history. He joined committees that are key to Ohio’s future: Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP); and Veterans’ Affairs. In 2009, he was asked to join the Select Committee on Ethics. And in 2010, he left the HELP committee when he was selected to join the powerful Appropriations Committee, the first Democrat from Ohio to serve on it since the 1890’s.
Since his election, Sherrod has been working on behalf of Ohioans to stop the erosion of jobs in Ohio due to the wrong-headed trade and economic policies of the past.
While many in Washington have simply gone along with corporate-backed free trade deals that have devastated Ohio’s manufacturing sector and sent good-paying American jobs overseas, Sherrod has been a tireless advocate for policies that help workers and their families.
Because he understands that representing people is more important than partisan politics, he has stood up to Presidents of both parties to fight against trade agreements that don’t provide American workers and businesses with a level playing field.
In his first few years in the Senate, he has played a key role in rewriting our nation’s farm and nutrition laws. He authored innovative new programs to encourage local food production and dampen wild swings in the market for farmers – and even saved taxpayers’ money in the process. For his legislative efforts, the National Corn Growers Association gave him their prestigious “President’s Award.”
On the Banking Committee, he was an early proponent for addressing the crisis in our housing markets that began by devastating neighborhoods throughout Ohio and ended up causing a meltdown throughout the world’s credit markets. He is fighting to ensure that efforts to rebuild the economy focus on Main Street as well as Wall Street, and that the federal government gives as much attention to manufacturing as it does to finance.
Sherrod has been a leader on health care issues throughout his service in Congress. Americans should not live just one illness or pink slip away from bankruptcy because of out-of-control health care costs and insurance policy loopholes — they should have access to the same kind of health insurance that Members of Congress have.
Sherrod doesn’t just talk the talk. As a matter of principle, he refused to accept the congressional health care plan until affordable health insurance was available to Ohioans. And he continues to fight insurance company and pharmaceutical company lobbyists in order to make health care more affordable for seniors, workers, and small businesses.
Prior to serving in Congress, Sherrod served two terms as Ohio’s Secretary of State and, in the early 1990s, he taught democracy and government in Poland as that nation was making the transition from Cold War communism to thriving democracy. He’s also taught in Ohio’s public schools and at the Ohio State University.
Sherrod currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author. Sherrod and Connie have three daughters, a son, a daughter- and son-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Congressman Ryan also serves as a member House Budget Committee which through its annual budget resolution sets the aggregate levels of spending and revenue expected to occur in a given fiscal year. This Committee is in the center of the debate on reducing the national deficit and debt. Congressman Ryan maintains that reductions and sacrifices must be shared and the burden of debt reduction must not be directed to those least able to afford them. Furthermore, Ryan believes that Medicare must be protected to ensure adequate health care coverage for our senior citizens.
Ryan serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus and remains a leader in the fight to strengthen America's manufacturing base and reform U.S. trade policies. The House Manufacturing Caucus examines and promotes policies to help American manufacturers find trained, educated workers, continue to lead the world in developing new industrial technologies, operate on a level playing field with their foreign competitors, and obtain the capital they need to thrive. Ryan is the leading advocate in the House to impose sanctions on unfair Chinese currency manipulation.
Ryan's primary focus remains on the economy and quality-of-life in Northeast Ohio. He works closely with local officials and community leaders to advance local projects that enhance the economic competitiveness and help attract high-quality, high-paying jobs.
Ryan is a dynamic leader in the House where he often speaks out on issues of particular concern in Northeast Ohio. He a champion of efforts to make college more affordable, revitalize America's cities and improve the health and well-being of American families and children. His work on these and other issues has garnered the attention of the national media. He is the author of A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Ryan served in the Ohio State Senate where he spearheaded efforts to establish a state-based earned income tax credit, to standardize community school data reporting, and bring college students into the debate over higher education funding.
Before his election to public office, Ryan served as President of the Trumbull County Young Democrats and as Chairman of the Earning by Learning program in Warren, Ohio. He began his career in politics as a congressional aide with the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995 and later served as an intern for the Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office. Ryan holds a law degree from the University Of New Hampshire School Of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center), studied abroad as part of the Dickinson School of Law's International Law Program in Florence, Italy, and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Born July 16, 1973 in Niles, Ohio, Tim Ryan currently resides in Howland with his wife Andrea and three children.