Politiwatch: TDR 2020 Coverage - Representative Tim Ryan
Name: Representative Tim Ryan
Occupations: Current Representative for Ohio (D-13); Former Member of the Ohio State Senate (2001 to 2002); Lawyer
Party Affiliation: Democratic Party
Announcement Date: April 4, 2019
Motto: Our Future is Now
As a representative from Ohio, Ryan served on the House Appropriations Committee and resisted Republican’s curbs on female suppression, approving more funds than expected.
Not only that, Ryan approved a similar budget for rebuild of an Ohio fire department.
Position on Disability Rights:
According to Ryan’s voting history, he supported bills and referendums for senior citizens and to protect medicare, recognizing the value in preserving this program to help continue their current lifestyles. The Deaf Report cannot find any concrete information or statements on Ryan’s current positions related to people with disabilities. (Source: Ryan- Disability)
Position on Women’s Rights:
Similiarly to Castro, Rep. Ryan frequently stated that he strongly believes abortion is a choice that is up to women themselves. However, due to his Catholic beliefs, Ryan has since flipped his position in relation to how he views this stance, going from “all women should be responsible for their own decisions” on abortion up to 2015. Afterwards, Ryan pointed out that these women’s decisions are very severe and they are best to left up to their respective families in an Ohio newspaper. (Source: Ryan- Women)
Position on LGBT Rights
Ryan is another co-sponsor of the Equality Act, compared to other Democratic candidates. Especially, Ryan recognized that a marriage does not define only between a man and woman, but other genders as well. Ryan continued to voice his support for the whole LGBT community for their workforce protections and marriage equality, but the Deaf Report yet has to find a dependable organization recognizing Rep. Ryan for his stance on his rights for the LGBT community. (Source: Ryan- LGBT)