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Policymaker in Residence: Speaker Paul Ryan

February 22 — 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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This event has been postponed due to inclement weather.

During a public presentation, former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will share policy insights from two decades in Congress.

As our second annual Policymaker in Residence, Speaker Ryan will share policy insights gained and evidence-based solutions discovered from two decades in Congress and years as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives through meetings with students and faculty and a public presentation.

The public presentation at 6 p.m. on February 22 will feature a Q&A with La Follette School Director Susan Webb Yackee, where Yackee will ask Ryan a number of pre-submitted audience questions.

A livestream of the event will be available. A recording will be shared after the event on the La Follette School’s YouTube page. This event is generously funded by the Kohl Initiative and American Family Insurance.

About Paul Ryan

During his tenure as Speaker of the House from 2015 to 2019, Ryan spearheaded efforts to make changes affecting the tax code, national defense, domestic energy production, the opioid epidemic, and the criminal justice system. Known for his efforts to control government spending, Ryan played a major role in proposals that advocated for federal tax cuts, the privatization of Medicare, and Medicaid program reforms. In 2012, Ryan was selected to serve as Governor Mitt Romney’s Vice-Presidential nominee. Ryan was first elected to Congress at age 28 and represented Wisconsin’s First District for two decades.

In 2019, Ryan launched the American Idea Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to expand economic opportunity by partnering with local organizations and academics to advance evidence-based public policies. A native of Janesville, Wisconsin, he is a professor of practice at the University of Notre Dame and a visiting fellow in the practice of public policy at the American Enterprise Institute.

Policymaker in Residence

The Policymaker in Residence program is funded by the Kohl Initiative, which was created with a $10 million gift from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl. As one of the key goals of the Kohl Initiative, the program provides students an opportunity to learn from seasoned public servants. One of the main goals of the Policymaker in Residence program is to provide students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to learn about real-world examples of when evidence-based policymaking has successfully impacted society’s most pressing issues and when it has fallen short.

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February 22
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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Shannon Hall, Memorial Union
800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Live stream available
Recording will be available