Democratic presidential candidate and Ohio congressman Tim Ryan greets guests during a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa.

Democratic presidential candidate and Ohio congressman Tim Ryan greets guests during a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa.

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan is running for president.

A Democrat, he represents Ohio’s 13th Congressional District.

FiveThirtyEight summarizes his credentials:

His district encompasses parts of the Mahoning Valley, including Youngstown, a city sought out by political journalists for its blue-collar bona fides and Trump affection (though, the president ultimately lost there).

Ryan serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, co-chairs the manufacturing caucus and has voted with Trump 19.6 percent of the time, which is quite a bit less than you might expect given Ryan’s district. Ryan-sponsored legislation tends to cover issues like education, veterans affairs, and manufacturing.

He jumped onto the political scene in a high-profile battle against Rep. Nancy Pelosi in her 2016 bid to become House minority leader. When Pelosi ran for House speaker in 2018, he said maybe someone else should take the gavel.

And Ryan has changed his mind on several contentious issues, including abortion. He previously opposed abortion but changed his mind in 2015, Axios reported..

We speak with Ryan about Robert Mueller’s recent comments on the Russian investigation, Ohio’s new abortion law, and how he intends to set himself apart in a diverse and crowded Democratic field.

Produced by Haili Blassingame.

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  • Rep. Tim Ryan Democratic congressman from Ohio's 13th District; @RepTimRyan

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