Tim Ryan is running for president in 2020. Here's everything we know about the candidate and how he stacks up against the competition.
Who is Tim Ryan?
Current job: US Representative for Ohio's 13th district. Currently running for president of the United States as a Democratic candidate.
Family: Ryan is married to Andrea Zetts, a schoolteacher. Together they have a son, named Brady. Ryan also lives with Zetts' two children from another relationship.
Hometown: Niles, Ohio.
Political party: Democratic
Previous jobs: US representative from Ohio since 2003; member of the Ohio State Senate from 2001 to 2002; Lawyer.
Who is Tim Ryan's direct competition for the nomination?
From a recurring series of national surveys INSIDER conducts, we can determine which other candidates Tim Ryan is competing with and how he matches up in the large Democratic field of candidates.
- Former Vice President Joe Biden: Biden and Ryan have considerable similarities on policy, so it is no surprise that 64% of Ryan's supporters would also be comfortable with the Scranton, Pennsylvania native as the nominee. This also provides Ryan with a prime opportunity to get ahead in the race if Biden's campaign flounders.
- Sen. Cory Booker: According to our polling, 50% of Ryan's supporters would also be satisfied with Booker as the Democratic nominee. Both candidates have a working class background, legal careers, and many years as legislators.
- Sen. Kamala Harris: Ryan also garners similar support among Harris backers. As much as 49% of Ryan's supporters would also like Harris as the Democratic nominee.
INSIDER has been conducting a recurring poll through SurveyMonkey Audience on a national sample to find out how different candidate's constituencies overlap. We ask people whether they are familiar with a candidate, whether they would be satisfied or unsatisfied with that candidate as nominee, and sometimes we also ask whether they think that person would win or lose in a general election against President Donald Trump.
What are Tim Ryan's policy positions?
- On healthcare:
- Ryan is a founding member of the Medicare for All Caucus in the House of Representatives.
- He is also a cosponsor of the Medicare for All bill spearheaded by liberal members of the party.
- Ryan also authored a book on the benefits of mindfulness, and has advocated for stronger mental health support in the United States.
- On immigration:
- Ryan voted in favor of the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which built significant amounts of walls and barriers along the US-Mexico border.
- Ryan supports a permanent solution for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
- On climate change:
- Ryan wants the United States to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords, but has called for further action to combat global climate change.
- His economic proposal have included significant investments in electric vehicles and renewable energy.
- On campaign finance:
- Ryan receives large financial support from labor unions and the manufacturing industry.
- According to OpenSecrets, 38% of Ryan's PAC donations during his career have come from labor, while 57% have come from businesses.
- On abortion:
- Ryan previously was pro-life, but changed his position to support legal access to abortion.
- In a 2015 op-ed for the Akron Beacon Journal, Ryan outlined why he changed his position on abortion, despite his Catholic upbringing.
- On LGBTQ rights:
- Ryan is an original cosponsor of the Equality Act, which seeks to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination in many areas including housing, employment, education, credit, and more.
- He also is a supporter of the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which combats bullying and discrimination for LGBTQ individuals in school districts across the US.
- On education:
- Ryan introduced a bill to get more salad bars in schools as a way of improving overall health.
- He supports stricter accountability for charter schools.
- He also cosponsored legislation to increase grants for recruiting women and minorities to pursue educations in STEM fields.
- On guns:
- Ryan redirected campaign donations from the National Rifle Association to gun control groups after the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas.
- He had previously held an A rating from the NRA.
- Ryan now supports background checks on secondary, peer to peer firearm sales, as well as raising the minimum age for purchasing guns.
- On criminal justice reform:
- Ryan supports full legalization of marijuana and served as a co-chairman of the House Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus.
- He has characterized the War on Drugs as a failure.
- He supports legislation to boost resources for police departments' technology.
- Ryan has backed reducing mandatory minimum sentencing and allowing felons to vote one out of prison.
- On trade:
- Ryan has been a vocal critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and how it has affected the Midwestern United States, particularly as it relates to manufacturing.
- He has called for being very aggressive in trade negotiations to benefit US workers and companies.
- He supports the Trump administration's tariffs as a negotiating tool with the Chinese.
- On foreign policy:
- Ryan has backed policy proposals to combat Chinese currency manipulation.
- He has argued that Defense Department contracts need to be US-based "so that the tax dollars aren't just serving a great national purpose with our Defense industry and our foreign policy and hard and soft power, but it's also creating jobs in areas that need job creation to happen."
- Ryan has also pushed for strong and cooperative alliances like NATO.
- On taxes:
- Ryan voted against the Republican-led tax cuts in 2017.
- He has called for simplifying the US tax code, saying Democrats "can't just be the party of redistribution of wealth. We've got to be the party of creation of wealth."
- Ryan has also called for lowering the corporate tax rate from its previous rate of 35% (it is now 21% since the new tax law took effect).
What are Tim Ryan's political successes?
- Ryan has served on the House Appropriations Committee, securing grant funds for protecting pregnant women at risk of abuse as well as rebuilding an Ohio fire department, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- "Whether it is securing facility and equipment upgrades for our active duty servicemembers, implementing better care for our veterans, increasing resources to combat the opioid epidemic, strengthening retirement security, combating wage stagnation, boosting American manufacturing, or providing funding for local transportation projects in the state of Ohio - Congressman Ryan has fought and will always continue to fight for the American people," said Ryan's spokesman, Michael Zetts.
How much money has Tim Ryan raised?
Ryan announced his candidacy early in April and has not yet released official fundraising numbers.
Could Tim Ryan beat President Trump?
According to polling from INSIDER, Ryan currently has a modest level of name recognition, with 22% of likely Democratic primary voters having heard of him. Of that group, 12% think Ryan would beat Trump in a head to head matchup, but just 9% think he would lose to the incumbent Republican.
Like many in the Democratic field, Ryan has a lot of ground he needs to gain to become a formidable candidate in the general election as well as the primary.