Republican hopeful Mitt Romney has confirmed Paul Ryan will be his running mate. Ryan, a staunch conservative from Wisconsin has served his home state in the House of Representatives since 1999.
The 42 year old graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1992 before starting his career in politics. The rising star of the Republican party, he was aide to Senator Bob Kasten and later worked for Senator Sam Brownback before running for Congress at 28.
Ryan rose to prominence as the chairman of the House Budget Committee. The choice also now links Romney directly with House Republicans, including no-compromise conservative activists who have pressed for deep spending cuts.
A fiscal conservative, Ryan is known for a controversial alternative budget which he produced to counter President Obama's plans in 2011 and 2012. It proposed reducing pensions and changing the government-funded healthcare, Medicare.
Republicans will be hoping the 'rising star' of the party will be able to help Romney secure a victory in the coming November Presidential elections.