paul ryan janna ryan getty Meet Janna Ryan: Paul Ryan's wife raised a DemocratRep. Paul Ryan may be grabbing most of the headlines since he was announced as Governor Mitt Romney’s running mate in the 2012 presidential election, but people are also intrigued by the attractive blonde in the background.

Janna Ryan is Paul Ryan’s wife of nearly 12 years. She was born Janna Little and raised in a prominent Democrat family in Oklahoma. In fact, her first cousin is Democratic Congressman from Oklahoma Dan Boren. After attending Wellesley undergrad just like her mother, Janna went to George Washington Law School and became a tax attorney in Washington D.C.

She and Paul met in early 1999, just a couple months into Ryan’s first term in Congress, and were married in December of 2000. They have three children — Elizabeth, 10, Charles, 8, and Samuel, 7.

In their home state of Wisconsin, the Ryans are friends with Sean Duffy and Rachel Campos-Duffy. Duffy is also a Republican congressman and if their names ring a bell, it’s because they met on MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge.”

Campos-Duffy tells “Today” of Janna and Paul, “There is no couple on Capitol Hill that manages their time better in favor of their family than the Ryans. I think that’s an incredible foundation from which to launch something like this.”

She adds of Janna, “She’s an incredibly smart woman. She’s a little reserved. She doesn’t like to public speak.”

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."