A Guide to Paul Ryan's Convention Posse

Romney's running mate brings wife, mother, brother to see his convention speech.

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 29, 2012 — -- intro: Paul Ryan's family will be in the audience and on the stage for the biggest speech of his life Wednesday. So who are the family members who traveled from Janesville, Wis., for the big GOP bash?

quicklist: 1title: Janna Little Ryancategory: Relation: Wifetext: Paul Ryan's wife, Janna Ryan grew up in the small town of Madill, Okla., but she's no stranger to politics. She's been a congressional wife for 14 years and comes from Oklahoma Democratic political royalty. Yes, Democratic.

Ryan is the niece of a former Democratic U.S. senator and Oklahoma governor, David L. Boren, and the first cousin of Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla.

Ryan says his wife is now a Republican. She's also a stay-at-home mom in Ryan's hometown of Janesville, Wis. But she was formerly an attorney and lobbyist in Washington D.C., where Janna Little and Paul Ryan met.


quicklist: 2title: Liza Ryancategory: Relation: Daughtertext:Ten-year-old Liza Ryan is the Ryans' eldest child. You'll be able to spot her by her adorable wave, one she sported all the way down the steps when the family arrived in Tampa, Fla., from Janesville, Wis., Tuesday.

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quicklist: 3title: Charlie Ryancategory: Relation: Sontext: Nine-year-old Charlie Ryan is the Ryans' eldest son and middle child. The family is trying to make this fall as normal as possible for the family, keeping them in school and possibly having them join their father on the campaign trail over weekends.


quicklist: 4title: Sam Ryancategory: Relation: Sontext: Seven-year-old Sam Ryan is the Ryans' youngest child. He was the one wearing the cheesehead at Ryan's send-off rally in Janesville, Wis.


quicklist: 5title: Betty Douglascategory: Relation: Mothertext: Betty Douglas, 78, is Paul Ryan's mother and, thanks to the campaign's focus on Medicare since he joined the ticket, a GOP star in her own right. Joining her son at the world's largest retirement community, Douglas stood by him as he defended a plan that would fundamentally change Medicare. He says it's the only way to save it.

At the event, Ryan said his mom still exercises every day and plays tennis. After Ryan's father died when he was only 16 years old, Douglas went back to school. Now, she lives half the year in their hometown of Janesville, Wis., and the other half in South Florida.


quicklist: 6title: Dan Littlecategory: Relation: Father-in-Lawtext: Dan Little is Janna Ryan's father and still practices law in their hometown of Madill, Okla. He also hopped a ride on the plane with the Ryans Tuesday from Janesville, Wis., to Tampa, Fla.


quicklist: 7title: Tobin Ryancategory: Relation: Brothertext:Paul Ryan's older brother, Tobin, who works for a private equity firm, lives a stone's throw away from his vice presidential candidate brother in Janesville, Wis.

Tobin Ryan, his wife, Oakleigh, and their two children are in Tampa, Fla., to witness Ryan's speech Wednesday night. Tobin Ryan is five years older than Paul, the youngest of his four siblings.

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