Republican voters and political analysts alike have accused Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of being stiff, out-of-touch and willing to compromise his political beliefs when pressured. The same cannot be said of Romney's vice presidential pick, Congressman Paul Ryan.
Romney thinks the young, but experienced lawmaker is part of his key to success this year in his race against Barack Obama.
"With energy and vision, Paul Ryan has become an intellectual leader of the Republican Party," Romney said. "He understands the fiscal challenges facing America: our exploding deficits and crushing debt and the fiscal catastrophe that awaits us if we don't change course."
Congressman Ryan holds a degree in economics and political science from Miami University of Ohio. He was elected to Congress at the age of 28 and is now in his seventh term representing Janesville, Wisconsin - the town where he was raised and still lives.
Ryan chairs the House of Representatives' Budget Committee. The 42-year-old is best known for presenting federal budgets that propose trillions of dollars in spending cuts as well as controversial changes to Medicare, the government's health care program for elderly Americans.