Tim Ryan on Principles & Values

Democratic Representative (OH-17); Presidential Challenger (withdrawn)


Incorporated yoga into his presidential run

After the 2008 election, Ryan attended a mindfulness retreat. What he learned there transformed his approach to politics and life. He wrote a book in 2012 titled "A Mindful Nation" and later incorporated yoga into his presidential run. His second book, "Real Food Revolution," focused on reducing highly processed foods and supporting farmers who grow fresh produce.
Source: Columbus Dispatch on 2022 Ohio Senate race , Apr 26, 2021

Respects footballer Baker Mayfield for his grit & resiliency

Q: Who is your hero, and why?

A: I don't know if he's my hero or not, but I have a ton of respect for Baker Mayfield. He is someone who had to walk on twice to make college football teams, and continue to overcome adversity and prove his critics wrong time and time again. I think he's a pretty good example and role model for our kids to learn how to develop that type of grit and resiliency.

Source: Mahoning Matters on 2022 Ohio Senate race , Oct 29, 2020

Mindfulness practices bring down our stress & anxiety levels

When I wrote this book, I wanted to help people see that if we take a time each day for quiet, over time we will bring our stress and anxiety levels down. We'll be able to be more present, more composed, and kinder to both ourselves and others. We'll learn to respond thoughtfully to our daily challenges instead of simply react to them. I wrote it because I knew that most Americans wanted to reduce their anxiety but just didn't quite know how. Mindfulness can be part of the how-to for many people, regardless of whatever beliefs they may hold. I wrote this book because I know how much we encourage our kids (often with raised voices) to pay attention. Simple mindfulness practices are one way of teaching them how to focus and pay attention and of setting an example of doing so.

I wanted people to experience that by taking some time to pay attention, on purpose, we can help heal our bodies, minds, and spirits too. And this "paying attention on purpose" is brought into the national systems.

Source: Healing America, by Rep. Tim Ryan, p. xxi , Sep 18, 2018

Religious freedom means no religious registry.

Ryan signed opposing a religious registry

Congressional Summary: Notwithstanding any other provision of the immigration laws, an alien may not be denied admission to the United States because of the alien's religion or lack of religious beliefs.

Argument Opposed: [Countable.us]: "The U.S. should reserve the right to ban immigrants based on religion. The government may need to enact such a ban in response to a future acts of terror, which could save American lives."

Argument In Favor: [Cato Institute, Dec. 8, 2016]: Donald Trump proposed prohibiting all Muslim immigration; then specified "suspending immigration from nations tied to Islamic terror." He said, "People are pouring in from regions of the Middle East," but that he would "stop that dead, cold flat," during his first day in office. However, under current law, it is illegal to discriminate against immigrants based on their national origin. For almost a decade, Congress debated creating an immigration system free from discrimination by nationality, country of birth, or country of residence. President-elect Trump, however, now proposes to discriminate unlawfully against certain foreign nationals on the basis of the same protected grounds without any legislation from Congress.

Source: Protect American Families Act 16-HR5207 on May 12, 2016

Question Trump on Emoluments clause.

Ryan signed questioning Trump on Emoluments clause

Excerpts from Letter from 17 Senators to Trump Organization: The Trump Organization's continuing financial relationship with President Trump raises concerns about whether it is a pass-through for income that violates the Constitution's two Emoluments Clauses: Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 on foreign Emoluments; and Article II, Clause 7 on domestic Emoluments. Please answer the following questions to help Congress understand:

Legal Analysis: (Cato Institute, "Emoluments Clause vs. Trump Empire," 11/29/16): The wording of the Emoluments clause points one way to resolution: Congress can give consent, as it did in the early years of the Republic to presents received by Ben Franklin. It can decide what it is willing to live with in the way of Trump conflicts. If it misjudges public opinion, it will pay a political price at the next election.

FOIA argument: (ACLU Center for Democracy, "FOIA Request," 1/19/17): We filed our first Freedom of Information Act request of the Trump Era, seeking documents relating President Trump's conflicts of interest relating to his business connections. When Trump took the oath of office, he didn't take the steps necessary to ensure that he and his family's business interests comply with the Constitution. Some have even argued that upon taking the oath of office, the new president is already violating the Emoluments Clause.

Source: Letter from 17 Senators 17LTR-EMOL on May 18, 2017

Certify 2020 Presidential election as fully & fairly counted.

Ryan voted NAY blocking certification of the Electoral vote

Explanation of 1/6/21 Electoral Certification, by Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner:Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar led an objection to counting Electoral College votes from the state of Arizona, the first formal objection to state results in a series of moves that will delay the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election over President Trump. Cruz is advocating for an `emergency 10-day audit` of election returns in disputed states. The usually ceremonial joint session of Congress that convenes to count and accept Electoral College votes will be put on hold as the House and Senate separately debate the objection.