Miami alumnus Paul Ryan named U.S. vice presidential candidateAug 11, 2012
U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, a 1992 graduate of Miami University, early today was announced as the vice presidential running mate for presumptive Republican 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 Congressman Steve Driehaus ’88 were keynote speakers at Miami’s Bicentennial Commencement.
“Miami alumni have produced a remarkable record of public service throughout the university’s 203-year history,” said David Hodge, president of Miami University. “Miami alumni were part of Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet, and U.S. President Benjamin Harrison was an 1852 alumnus. Harrison’s vice presidential running mate when he ran for re-election was Whitelaw Reid, an 1856 Miami graduate. Several recent and two sitting members of Congress are part of our distinguished alumni base, and we celebrate their record of leadership.”