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The 2017 Pension Political Power 25: Paul Ryan

< 25 Top Pension Power Players8. Paul RyanSpeaker of the House

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made his reputation as a deficit hawk. Any attempt to get pension legislation through Congress will be dead in the water without his backing. Given the Republican representative’s willingness to take the ax to veterans’ and federal employees’ pensions in recent years, more of the same is likely in store for the rest of the nation’s workers. The first test will be the position Ryan, 46, takes on a Donald Trump–backed Senate bill to restore pension benefits to thousands of coal miners, who overwhelmingly voted for Trump in states like Kentucky and West Virginia. So far, House Republicans have resisted efforts to shore up the miners’ pensions, which face insolvency. As chairman of the House Budget Committee in the early years of the Obama administration, Ryan headed a controversial bipartisan effort to slash $6 billion from military pensions. — Michelle Celarier

 The 2017 Pension Political Power 25Click below to view profiles
1. Andy PuzderSecretary of Labor2. Bruce RaunerGovernor of Illinois3. Betsy DeVosSecretary of Education4. Laura & John ArnoldFounders,
Laura and John Arnold Foundation5. Steven MnuchinSecretary of the Treasury
6. Wilbur RossSecretary of Commerce7. Tani Cantil-SakauyeCalifornia Chief Justice8. Paul RyanSpeaker of the House9. Anthony ScaramucciFounder, SkyBridge Capital10. Kevin de LeónCalifornia State Senator and President Pro Tempore
11. Mike EnziChairman, Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security12. Steve SweeneyPresident,
New Jersey State Senate13. Jerry BrownGovernor of California14. Corey LewandowskiCo-founder, Avenue Strategies15. Paul SingerPresident,
Elliott Management Corp.
16. Randel JohnsonSenior Vice President, Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce17. Joe ManchinU.S. Senator18. Kenneth FeinbergFounder and managingpartner, Feinberg Rozen19. Scott WalkerGovernor of Wisconsin20. Richard TrumkaPresident, AFL-CIO
21. Mike RawlingsMayor of Dallas22. Elizabeth WarrenU.S. Senator23. Kent MasonPartner,
Davis & Harman24. Bernie SandersU.S. Senator25. Randi WeingartenPresident, American Federation of Teachers