Paul Ryan

Advisory Board Member

Paul Ryan serves on the CIS Advisory Board.  Ryan was the 54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was the youngest Speaker of the House in nearly 150 years.  During his tenure, Paul spearheaded efforts to reform our nation’s tax code, rebuild our national defense, expand domestic energy production, combat the opioid epidemic, reform our criminal justice system, and promote economic opportunity. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he worked to protect health care choices, advance free trade and strengthen the economy. Paul also served as chairman of the House Budget Committee.  In 2012, he was selected to serve as his party’s vice-presidential nominee.  Paul was elected to Congress at age 28 and represented Wisconsin’s First District for two decades.  He was named a professor-of-the-practice at the University of Notre Dame for the 2019-2020 academic year.  He holds a degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university.

John Dalton

Advisory Board Member

John Dalton is the first member of the CIS Advisory Board.  Dalton served as the 70th Secretary of the Navy, and was recognized by the National Security Caucus as an International Security Leadership Award recipient, an award whose past recipients include Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and former Secretaries of Defense William Perry and Caspar Weinberger.  Secretary Dalton most recently served as the President of the Housing Policy Council of the Financial Services Roundtable for over 12 years.  The Housing Policy Council is comprised of 33 companies that are among the nation’s leaders in mortgage finance, and its member companies originate over 70% of the mortgages for America’s home buyers.  Earlier in his career, Dalton served as President of the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), and was later nominated to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, where he served as a member and Chairman.  He began his career in government as a naval officer and in the private sector at Goldman Sachs.  Dalton is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.