5 Things You Didn't Know About Paul Ryan's Wife

Politics is in Janna Ryan's blood. Here are a few other things you need to know about one of the nation's newest public figures

Now that her husband shares the ticket with Mitt Romney, Janna Ryan has moved squarely into the spotlight. Here are five things you don’t know about her -- yet.

1. She comes from a strong Democratic family, a fact that has been widely reported since the announcement. She’s the niece of David Boren, who was Oklahoma’s democratic governor and its senator. Boren’s son, Dan Boren, is Janna’s cousin and a member of the House of Representatives. He’s a so-called “Blue Dog” centrist Democrat. The Huffington Post has these and extensive other details on the family’s democratic history. 

2. She’s a stay-at-home mother. Janna is focusing on raising the couple’s three young children, according to The Washington Post and various sources, but prior to her marriage to Paul, she began her career as a congressional aide and lobbyist primarily for healthcare. She has a law degree from The George Washington University and also worked as a tax attorney.

3. She’s a small-town girl. More people attended Ryan's first rally as Romney's vice presidential selection than live in Janna’s hometown, according to ABC News. She grew up in Madill, Oklahoma, which has a population of 3,781. “If every single resident of her hometown had attended her husband's first campaign rally as a vice presidential candidate Sunday, the Madill crowd would have accounted for hardly a third of the crowd,” ABC news reported

4. She loves the outdoors. Having grown up in Oklahoma, she developed a taste for catfishing and bowhunting, ABC News also reports. She accompanies her husband on such trips; indeed Paul proposed at one of their favorite places to fish in Wisconsin. 

5. She’s rich too! When Janna's mother died, she inherited as much as $5 million, putting the couple’s total assets at between $2 and $7.7 million, according to the The Los Angeles Times.

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and iVillage's chief election news blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.

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