Paul Ryan Will Give GOP's State of the Union Response
Young budget wonk is a rising star of the party
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 21, 2011 1:32 PM CST
Incoming House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrives for a closed GOP conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – GOP up-and-comer Paul Ryan will deliver the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address next week, reports the Washington Post. Ryan is chair of the House Budget Committee, and he'll speak from the panel's hearing room to underscore a message of fiscal discipline, say party leaders. Ryan, who turns 40 next week as well, is known as a deficit hawk who was one of architects of the Republicans' Roadmap for America's Future. At Slate, Dave Weigel thinks it's a "smart and surprising" choice.