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Representative Paul Ryan Receives American Enterprise Institute's Irving Kristol Award
Washington, DC (May 8, 2013) - American Enterprise Institute (AEI) president Arthur C. Brooks presented the 2013 Irving Kristol award this evening to Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin). The annual award is given to individuals selected by AEI's Council of Academic Advisers who have made exceptional intellectual and practical contributions to improve government policy, social welfare or political understanding. Mr. Ryan received the award and delivered remarks for the Irving Kristol Lecture at AEI's annual dinner held tonight at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Ryan-who is serving his 8th term as a member of Congress-is the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee which has jurisdiction over tax, health care, trade and Social Security policy.
Paul Ryan has been praised as one of the most influential policymakers in America today. A fifth-generation Wisconsin native, he was 28 years old when elected to Congress in 1998, and has since won re-election seven times. Representative Ryan is known for tackling America's unsustainable entitlement spending, and for his desire to bring discipline and accountability to the federal government.
"Representative Ryan is a consummate policy entrepreneur whose work in Congress is rooted in a deep commitment to free enterprise, limited government, and the belief that both are vital to a society based on respect for the dignity of the individual," said AEI president Arthur C. Brooks. "His effort to provide a more prosperous nation marked by unbounded opportunity for future generations reflects an optimism about America that is too frequently missing in policy debates today. For this and his many other contributions we are pleased to present him with the 2013 Irving Kristol Award."
"I want to thank AEI for this honor," said Representative Ryan. "For years, AEI has taught the country about the American Idea. And so to receive the Kristol Award is to join a fellowship of scholars. It's to take part in the community of ideas. And I'm very grateful for the opportunity."
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