Romney Selects Paul Ryan As Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee

August 13, 2012 Updated Aug 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM EDT

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Romney Selects Paul Ryan As Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee

August 13, 2012 Updated Aug 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM EDT

National News (WKBW/ABC News) - Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has selected a running mate. After much speculation and anticipation, Romney chose Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, to be his Vice-President nominee.

Ryan, 42, has been the chairman of the House Budget Committee since Republicans took back control of the House in 2010. He's been in Congress since 1999, and before that he worked as a congressional staffer.

Romney and Ryan kicked off their campaign together in Norfolk, Virginia Saturday. That's where Romney announced his decision in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin. Romney kicked off a bus tour through the critical swing state after that event.

Ryan earned a degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio. Before serving in the House, he was a political speechwriter for 1996 vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp, and later legislative director for then Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas.