The dashing House Budget Committee chairman found himself in the limelight in June 2011 following the tabling and subsequent rejection by the Senate of his House-approved budget plan. Despite the proposal’s defeat, the 7-term Wisconsin Congressman’s attempt at repealing President Obama's controversial Affordable Care Act suddenly thrust the 42-year old fiscal conservative into an unfamiliar leadership position that resurrected calls for him to enter the Republican nomination race.
On August 22 2011, he released a statement saying that while he appreciates the confidence of supporters, he hasn't changed his mind about staying out of the race. However, a year later, Rep. Ryan is back in the picture, albeit in a completely different role. On August 11, 2012, Gov. Mitt Romney announced the selection of Rep. Ryan as his running mate for the 2012 presidential election.