Paul Ryan is currently serving his sixth term representing Wisconsin's first congressional district in the House of Representatives. Starting in January, he will be the chair of the House Budget Committee, working to bring fiscal discipline and accountability to the federal government. Mr. Ryan is also a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, Social Security, health care, and trade laws. Author of "A Roadmap for America's Future," he has focused his recent legislative efforts on addressing a long-term U.S. fiscal crisis: the explosion of entitlement spending. Before entering Congress, Mr. Ryan worked at Ryan Incorporated Central, a family-owned construction firm based in Janesville, Wisconsin. He was previously an aide to former senator Bob Kasten (R-Wisc.), an economic adviser and speechwriter for former vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp and former drug czar William Bennett, and a legislative director in the Senate.
David Brooks became an op-ed columnist for the New York Times in September 2003. He has been a senior editor at the Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and a commentator on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He is the author of Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There (Simon & Schuster, 2000) and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense (Simon & Schuster, 2004). Mr. Brooks joined the Weekly Standard at its inception in September 1995, having worked at the Wall Street Journal for the previous nine years. His last post at the Journal was op-ed editor. Before that, he was posted in Brussels, covering Russia, the Middle East, South Africa, and European affairs. His first post at the Journal was editor of the book review section, and he filled in for five months as the Journal's movie critic. He has contributed to various publications, including the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Forbes, the Public Interest, the Times Literary Supplement, the New Republic, and Commentary. He is also a frequent commentator on National Public Radio, CNN's Late Edition, and the Diane Rehm Show. Mr. Brooks is the editor of the anthology Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing (Vintage, 1996).