By the time Paul Ryan was 27 years old, he had flipped burgers at McDonald’s, worked a summer selling baloney, and spent several years in some of the densest policy arenas in Washington. No one in his family had ever run for political office before, and the highest rank he had held was as his high school’s representative to the local school board. This, he ultimately decided in his unlikely political start, was the skill set that Congress needed.
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