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Ryan, reports Time, “is a health freak who runs daily grueling P90X classes for members and staff at the congressional gym. He was voted biggest ‘gym rat’ by an anonymous poll of congressional staffers by the Washingtonian magazine in 2010.”
 Ryan and his wife Janna have three children, two boys and a girl ages seven, eight, and nine. Mrs. Ryan, a tax attorney with degrees from Wellesley College and George Washington University Law School, comes with a political pedigree of sorts: She’s the niece of former US Sen. David Boren (D) of Oklahoma and first cousins with US Rep. Dan Boren, also an Oklahoma Democrat.

Rep. Boren’s comment on Ryan’s being named to the GOP ticket reflects what many of both parties on Capitol Hill think of the Wisconsin Republican.

“Paul has a firm moral compass and has always approached his job as a congressman with diligence and honesty,” Mr. Boren said. “Having many friends on both sides of the aisle, he is an effective and talented leader. Although we belong in different political parties, I see Paul as a friend, a fellow hunter, and most importantly a family man.”

Like a lot of young conservatives, Paul Ryan was attracted to the works of the controversial writer and philosopher Ayn Rand – so much so that he gave Christmas gifts of “Atlas Shrugged” to staffers.

“The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” he told a group promoting Rand’s works in 2005. “And the fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism.”

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