Paul Ryan’s Private Sector Experience: Driving the Weinermobile in College


True story: Paul Ryan’s only real for-profit, private-sector job was in college as a salesman for Oscar Meyer, for whom he drove Wienermobile at least once:

Ryan [attended Miami University in Ohio]. He also studied at the Washington Semester program at American University where he played pick-up basketball games with NBC journalist David Gregory. He worked summers as a salesman for Oscar Mayer, driving the Wienermobile once. During his junior year at Miami University, Ryan worked as a mailroom intern in the D.C. offices of Senator Bob Kasten of Wisconsin. While a student, Ryan also did volunteer work for the congressional campaign of John Boehner. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta social fraternity. Ryan graduated from Miami University as a double major with a B.A. in economics and political science in 1992.

Early political career

Betty Ryan reportedly nudged her son to accept a congressional position as a staff economist attached to Kasten’s office, which he did after graduating in 1992. In his early years working on Capitol Hill in D.C., Ryan supplemented his income by working as a waiter and fitness trainer and at other various side jobs.

After Kasten was defeated by Democrat Russ Feingold in 1992, Ryan became a speechwriter for Empower America, a conservative advocacy group founded by Jeane Kirkpatrick and William Bennett. Ryan later worked as a speechwriter for Jack Kemp, the Republican vice presidential candidate in the 1996 United States presidential election, and later worked for US Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas. In 1997, Ryan gained private sector experience when he returned to Wisconsin and worked as a marketing consultant for the Ryan Incorporated Central construction company. In 1998, he ran for Congress.

Doesn’t it seem doubtful that a U.S. senator would hire a “staff economist” right out of college and that pay for a congressional “staff economist” would be so low that he would have to pick up extra money waiting tables?

It’s also questionable how much “private sector experience” Ryan could have gained working for less than a year as a “marketing consultant” for his family company.

Nice try, though.


  • August 12, 2012 - 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Hey, Ryan made $1,800 as his family’s construction company marketing consultant! That’s…just enough to be able to pad your resume I guess.

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  • Eileen Kuch
    August 14, 2012 - 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Some job, eh, Paul?

  • Bob
    August 15, 2012 - 3:04 am | Permalink

    And now he’s driving the GOP, the REAL weinermobile.

  • August 15, 2012 - 5:26 am | Permalink

    Bob, good one!

  • Howard T. Lewis III
    August 15, 2012 - 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Wait til he finds out he is going to be ‘driving the Mittens weinermobile’.

  • Cory949
    August 19, 2012 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Interesting a Republican would be inside a weiner. Isn’t it usually the other way around?

  • August 19, 2012 - 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Cory949, *snork*

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  • Sue
    August 20, 2012 - 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m neither a Republican nor a supporter of Ryan’s political views. Heck, I even support Obamacare! But you can’t claim that Ryan lacks a good work ethic. He is clearly a very hard worker and very intelligent.

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