Congressman Tim Ryan describes his mindset during the early campaigning days and how it took grit that he learned from playing sports.
He remembered one day where it was raining really hard and his guys said we can’t go out today but he said:
“No, we go out today because it’s raining.”
Everyone saw them out there when it was raining and thought he must really want the job – it send a signal that he’s tough and serious.
“A little rain’s not going to stop me. They’ve seen me out on all the sunny days and now it’s raining and Tim Ryan’s not going to be out?”
Tim and his friends would get up early and go to steel mills and shake hands. It’d be 0 degrees outside.
The work ethic and determination was a product of playing sports growing up.
“We did three-a-days in high school. They sucked. But you learned, that’s what made you better. You had to put that time in.”
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Tim Ryan was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and was sworn in on January 3, 2003. Successfully reelected six times, he is now serving in his seventh term. Congressman Ryan currently serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which controls the expenditure of money by the federal government.