Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Saturday morning that he has chosen Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate, a move likely to energize conservative voters.
The announcement was made at a naval museum in Norfolk, Va., the first stop of a multistate bus tour.
"Ryan is the right choice to serve as Romney's running mate," said Chris Devaney, chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party. "Ryan has immense experience, including a knowledge and grounding on fiscal issues and the economy, something we are sorely lacking at Pennsylvania Avenue currently."
Ryan, who earned a bachelor's degree in economics and politic science from Miami University in Ohio, has become known for his fiscal conservativism as chairmain of the House Budget Committee in Congress.
The seven-term congressman is also a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, Social Security, health care and trade laws.
"Romney and Ryan will make a great team for the United States," Devaney said.