Former Speaker Paul D. Ryan joins AHS Board of Advisors


The Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) is pleased to announce that former Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan has joined its Board of Advisors. Currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Fox Corporation, an in-demand public speaker, and a professor-of-the-practice at the University of Notre Dame, Speaker Ryan has distinguished himself throughout his career as a leading voice for strong and principled American leadership in the world. As a member of Congress, vice presidential candidate, and Speaker of the House, Speaker Ryan served in Congress from 1999 to 2019 where he sponsored over 1,100 pieces of legislation. “America is the greatest force for human freedom the world has ever seen,” said Speaker Ryan. “American leadership is a choice and I am honored to join the Alexander Hamilton Society Board of Advisors to help inspire the next generation of leaders with sound convictions about America and its place in the world.”

 “We were honored to host Paul’s visionary and tone-setting address on the exceptional role America plays in the world in 2011 and we are privileged to have him formally join our ranks today,” said AHS Executive Director Dr. Gabriel Scheinmann. “As Paul said then, the United States must lead, and it can only lead through the promotion of our own principles. Nowhere is that more important today than the complex threats we face from resurgent, revisionist, and radical powers.”

 About Speaker Paul D. Ryan

 Paul Ryan was the 54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. In office from October 2015 to January 2019, he was the youngest speaker in nearly 150 years. During his tenure as Speaker, Ryan spearheaded efforts to reform our nation’s tax code, rebuild our national defense, expand domestic energy production, combat the opioid epidemic, reform our criminal justice system, and promote economic opportunity. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he worked to simplify the tax code, protect health care choices, advance free trade, and strengthen the economy. Before that, Ryan served as chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he outlined revolutionary blueprints to balance the federal budget and pay off the national debt. In 2012, he was selected to serve as Governor Mitt Romney’s Vice-Presidential nominee. Ryan was first elected to Congress at age 28, and represented Wisconsin’s First District for two decades. In 2019, Ryan was named to the Board of Directors of the Fox Corporation. He was also named a professor-of-the-practice at the University of Notre Dame, teaching political science and economics during the 2019-2020 academic year. Paul currently resides near his childhood home in Janesville, Wisconsin with his wife Janna and their three children: Liza, Charlie, and Sam. He holds a degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio and was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the University.

View Speaker Ryan’s 2011 address to AHS below and read the transcript here.


House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin delivered the following remarks to the Alexander Hamilton Society on June 2, 2011.


“Paul Ryan’s foreign policy vision”

The Washington Post | Jennifer Rubin | June 3, 2011

“Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) gave a speech Thursday to the Alexander Hamilton Society in Washington. If one is looking for clues as to Ryan’s interests beyond chairing the House Budget Committee, a speech, as he put it, to “a room full of national security experts about American foreign policy” would merit attention.”

“Paul Ryan’s Neocon Manifesto”

Wall Street Journal | Bret Stephens | August 14, 2012

“Last summer, the chairman of the House Budget Committee made a foray into foreign-policy land with a speech to the Alexander Hamilton Society in Washington, D.C. About 100 people showed up, and it got next to no coverage. That should now change—and not just because Paul Ryan's views on America's role in the world are no longer a matter of one Wisconsin congressman talking.”