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Encyclopedia > Jim Ryun
Jim Ryun


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 2nd district
In office
19972007
Preceded by Sam Brownback
Succeeded by Nancy Boyda

Born April 29, 1947
Wichita, Kansas
Political party Republican
Spouse Anne Ryun
Religion Evangelical Presbyterian
Olympic medal record
Men's Athletics
Silver 1968 Mexico City 1500 metres

James Ronald ("Jim") Ryun (born April 29, 1947) is an American former track athlete and politician, who was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1997 to 2007, representing the 2nd District in Kansas. In the 2006 election, Ryun was defeated by Democratic challenger Nancy Boyda. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... District 2 for the United States House of Representatives in the state of Kansas is a congressional district covering most of eastern Kansas. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Samuel Dale Brownback (born September 12, 1956) is the senior United States senator from the U.S. state of Kansas. ... Nancy Boyda is the Democratic congresswoman representing Kansass 2nd congressional district. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Kansas County Sedgwick Government  - Mayor Carl Brewer (D) Area  - City 359. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) is a family of churches, Reformed and Presbyterian, defined by shared core values and bonded by the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. ... Athletics has been contested at every Summer Olympics since the birth of the modern Olympic movement at the 1896 Summer Olympics. ... The 1968 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIX Olympiad, were held in Mexico City in 1968. ... Athletics Medal Winners at the 1968 Munich Olympics See also Olympic Games Summer Olympic Games 1976 Summer Olympics Categories: | | | ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Athletics, also known as track and field or track and field athletics, is a collection of sport events. ... A womens 400m hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... District 2 for the United States House of Representatives in the state of Kansas is a congressional district covering most of eastern Kansas. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... President Bush meets with Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer (then House Minority Leader and Minority Whip, respectively) at the Oval Office in the White House. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Nancy Boyda is the Democratic congresswoman representing Kansass 2nd congressional district. ...


Years prior to his political career Jim Ryun had an athletic career that saw him become one of the greatest runners of all time, and the last American to hold the world record in the mile run. His career is highlighted by his many record times, but he never won an Olympic gold medal in three tries. The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ...

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Athletics

High School Athletic Career

Ryun became the first high school runner to break four minutes for the mile, running 3:59.0 as a junior in 1964. While in high school at Wichita East High School, where he garnered the nicknames "Running Ryun" and "The Kansas Comet," Ryun: Located near the center of Wichita, Kansas, Wichita High School East has a population of 2,257 students and is one of Kansass largest high schools. ...

  • Established the high school and U.S. open mile record 3:55.3 as a senior in 1965, a record that stood as the high school record for 36 years until broken by Alan Webb's 3:53.43 in 2001. It is also the last time an American male high school athlete broke an open American record in a major outdoor track and field event. In this record race he beat the reigning Olympic champion and former world record holder Peter Snell of New Zealand.
  • His 3:58.3 to win the mile at the 1965 Kansas High School State Meet is still the record for the fastest time ever in a race that includes only high school competitors.
  • Today he still holds five of the six fastest mile times in U.S. high school history (all sub-four minute), with Alan Webb’s record race holding the other spot.
  • With five sub-four minute miles he is the only high school athlete in history with more than two such times. (Alan Webb has two, and Marty Liquori and Tim Danielson have one each.)
  • He is the only athlete to run a four minute mile as a high school junior.
  • After his junior year he qualified for the 1964 Olympics in the 1500. He made it to the semifinal round, where he was eliminated.
  • As a high school senior he was voted the fourth best miler in the world by the experts at Track & Field News.

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Post High School Athletic Career

In 1966, at age nineteen, Ryun set the world record in both the mile and the half-mile runs, and received Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman of the Year" award, as well as the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete, the ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year, and was voted Track & Field New’s Athlete of the Year as the world’s best track & field athlete. Ironically, Ryun did all of this while not yet being permitted to run for the school he attended, Kansas University, since NCAA rules at the time did not allow freshmen to compete in NCAA competition. In 1967 Ryun ran a world record in the indoor half mile (1:48.3) and outdoors lowered his world-record time in the mile from 3:51.3 to 3:51.1, a record that stood for almost eight years. That same year he set the world record for the 1500 meters in 3:33.1, running his last lap in blazing 53.3 seconds and his final 1,200 meters in an amazing 2:46.6. Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the Sportsman of the Year award to the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement. ... The AAU James E. Sullivan Award is awarded annually by the Amateur Athletic Union to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... ABCs Wide World of Sports is a long-running sports anthology show on American television. ... Track & Field News, the magazine, was founded in 1948 by brothers Bert Nelson & Cordner Nelson. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ...


In NCAA competition Ryun was the 1967 NCAA outdoor mile champion. He was also the NCAA indoor mile champion in 1967, 1968, and 1969, and in 1968 doubled back to win the 1968 NCAA indoor 2 mile championship race (handing Gerry Lindgren his only NCAA championship loss). Ryun's 1969 win in the mile helped the Kansas Jayhawks win the NCAA indoor track championship that year. With his University of Kansas teammates he also anchored a world record in the sprint medley (3:15.2) and the distance medley relays (9:33.8 at the Drake Relays in 1967). Gerry Lindgren (born March 9, 1946 in Spokane, Washington) is an American track and field runner who is widely recognized as having been the best high school long distance runner in the United States at the time, and perhaps the best ever. ...


Today, over 40 years after he set them, Ryun still holds the American junior (19 and under) records in the 880 y (1:44.9), 800 m (1:44.3), 1,500 m (3:36.1), and two mile (8:25.1). In all, he broke the American record for the mile four times: once as a high school senior (3:55.3 on 27 June 1965), twice as a college freshman (3:53.7 on 4 June 1966 & 3:51.3 on 17 July 1966), and once as a college sophomore (3:51.1 on 23 June 1967). is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... June 4 is the 155th day of the year (156th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ...


Ryun participated in the 1964, 1968, and 1972 Summer Olympics, but the gold medal eluded him. Having completely recovered from mononucleosis in the spring of 1968, he won a silver medal in the 1500 meters that autumn in the high altitude of Mexico City, losing to Kip Keino from Kenya, whose remarkable race remained the Olympic 1,500 meter record for 16 years. (Before the race Ryun thought that a time of 3:39 would be good enough to win in the high altitude of Mexico City. He ended up running faster than that with a 3:37.8, but Keino's 3:34.9 was too tough to beat at that altitude. Years later, in 1981, he told Tex Maule in an interview for The Runner magazine, "We had thought that 3:39 would win and I ran under that. I considered it like winning a gold medal; I had done my very best and I still believe I would have won at sea level." Ryun was attacked by some writers who believed he had let his nation down. "Some even said I had let down the whole world. I didn't get any credit for running my best and no one seemed to realize that Keino had performed brilliantly.") In the 1972 Munich, Germany games, he was tripped and fell down during a 1500 meters qualifying heat. Although the International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged that a foul had occurred and tapes from a German television station clearly demonstrated that Ryun was tripped, U.S. appeals to have Ryun reinstated in the competition were denied by the IOC. (32 years later, in the 2004 Olympics, U.S. 1,500 meter runner Grant Robison was also tripped in his heat, but unlike Ryun, Robison was reinstated and allowed to advance to the 1,500 meter semifinal.) The 1964 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVIII Olympiad, were held in 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. ... The 1968 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIX Olympiad, were held in Mexico City in 1968. ... The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, were held in Munich, West Germany, from 26 August to 11 September 1972. ... Nickname: Motto: Ciudad en movimiento Location of Mexico City in central Mexico Coordinates: , Country Mexico Federal entity Federal District Boroughs The 16 delegaciones Founded c. ... Kipchoge Kip Keino (born January 17, 1940) was a Kenyan runner. ... Munich: Frauenkirche and Town Hall steeple Munich (German: München pronunciation) is the state capital of the German Bundesland of Bavaria. ... Stamp The International Olympic Committee (French: Comité International Olympique) is an organization based in Lausanne, Switzerland, created by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas on June 23, 1894. ...


His 1500 m world record was remarkable because it was run with uneven splits, which is the most difficult way to run a fast time. He ran the initial 300 m in a pedestrian 46.5 & then accelerated to cover the last 1200 m in an astounding 2:46.6. It is speculated that if Ryun had run that race at an even pace from start to finish, he would have recorded a time somewhere in the vicinity of 3:30 or 3:31 — a time not achieved until the 1980s, when races were run on significantly faster synthetic tracks. Many observers feel his recorded 3:33.1 that day was a significant underachievement in light of the ability he demonstrated in that race. Underachievement or not, the time still stood as a world record for seven years.


Ryun's final season as an amateur in 1972 included the third best mile of his career (at the time, also the third fastest in history: a 3:52.8 at Toronto, Canada on July 29th), a 5,000 meter career best (13:38.2 at Bakersfield, CA on May 20th), and an inspiring win in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials. He left amateur athletics after 1972 and for the next two years ran professionally on the International Track Association circuit. After this, he retired from track competition altogether. In 1980 he began running various road races for charity purposes, eventually achieving a 10K best of 31:36.


World Records

Distance Time Date City
880 yards 1:44.9 October 6, 1966 Terre Haute, IN
1,500 meters 3:33.1 July 8, 1967 Los Angeles, CA
One Mile 3:51.3 July 17, 1966 Berkeley, CA
One Mile 3:51.1 June 23, 1967 Bakersfield, CA
One Mile (indoor) 3:56.4 February 19, 1971 San Diego, CA

Notes: is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ...

  • Since 880 yards is longer than 800 meters the 1:44.9 was also converted into an en-route time at 800 m of 1:44.3, which equaled the existing world record, and remained the world and American record until broken by Rick Wohlhuter's 1.44.6y in 1973.
  • The 3:33.1 1,500 m mark remained the world record for six years until broken by Tanzania’s Filbert Bayi's 3:32.2 in 1974.
  • The 3:51.1 mile mark remained the world record for eight years until broken by Bayi's 3:51.0 in 1975.

Rick Wohlhuter (born 23 December 1948) was an American athlete who competed mainly in the 800 meters. ... Filbert Bayi (born June 23, 1953) was a Tanzanian middle-distance runner of the 1970s who set the world records for 1500 metres in 1974 and the mile in 1975. ... Filbert Bayi (born June 23, 1953) was a Tanzanian middle-distance runner of the 1970s who set the world records for 1500 metres in 1974 and the mile in 1975. ...

Athletic Awards

Track & Field News Athlete of the Year award for both 1966 & 1967, the first athlete to win this prestigious award two years in a row. Track & Field News, the magazine, was founded in 1948 by brothers Bert Nelson & Cordner Nelson. ...


The 1966 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award. The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the Sportsman of the Year award to the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement. ...


The 1966 James E. Sullivan Award, presented to the best amateur athlete in the U.S. The AAU James E. Sullivan Award is awarded annually by the Amateur Athletic Union to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. ...


The 1966 ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year award The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... ABCs Wide World of Sports is a long-running sports anthology show on American television. ...


Jim Ryun’s Track & Field News World Rankings: Track & Field News, the magazine, was founded in 1948 by brothers Bert Nelson & Cordner Nelson. ...

800/880
  • 1966 — 1
1500/Mile
  • 1965 — 4
  • 1966 — 1
  • 1967 — 1
  • 1968 — 2
  • 1969 — 7
  • 1971 — 6
  • 1972 — 9

In 1980 Ryun was inducted into the USATF Hall of Fame and in 2003 he was inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Distance Running Hall of Fame was established on July 11, 1998 to honor those who have contributed to the sport of distance running. ...


Personal

Ryun was born in Wichita, Kansas. He now lives in Lawrence, though he was listed in the House roll as "R-Topeka." He also owns a farm in Jefferson County. Nickname: Location in the state of Kansas County Sedgwick Government  - Mayor Carl Brewer (D) Area  - City 359. ... Lawrence is a river city in Douglas County, Kansas, United States, 41 miles (66 km) west of Kansas City, along the banks of both the Kansas (Kaw) and Wakarusa Rivers. ... Coordinates: , Country United States State Kansas County Shawnee Founded December 5, 1854 Incorporated February 14, 1857 Government  - Mayor Bill Bunten (R)  - City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. ... Jefferson County (standard abbreviation: JF) is a county located in the state of Kansas. ...


Ryun and his wife, Anne, who he married in 1969, have four children and six grandchildren. Ryun prohibited his daughters from dating. Ryun explained, "If a young man is interested in a young woman, he starts by praying about the relationship. With a go-ahead from the Lord and his parents, he then approaches the girls' parents. The parents pray and, if the young woman has a reciprocal interest in the young man, her father talks through courtship and its expectations with the fellow." Ryuns add that "this effectively means no courtship or dating during the high school years, and perhaps not until after college graduation."[1] He and his sons, Ned and Drew, have co-authored two books, Heroes Among Us and The Courage to Run.


After graduating from the University of Kansas in 1970 with a degree in photojournalism, Ryun moved to Eugene, Oregon; looking for a good training situation to continue his track career. Six months later, he moved to Santa Barbara, California, where he and his family remained for nine years. He and his family moved back to Lawrence in 1981. It has been suggested that Track Town, USA be merged into this article or section. ... Nickname: Location in Santa Barbara County and the state of California Coordinates: , County Santa Barbara Government  - Mayor Marty Blum Area  - City 111. ...


Raised in the Church of Christ, Ryun and his wife are members of Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lawrence. He spoke in tongues during a campaign rally in 1996, according to a report in the Wichita Eagle.[2] Alternate meanings: see Church of Christ (disambiguation). ... The Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) is a family of churches, Reformed and Presbyterian, defined by shared core values and bonded by the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. ... Tongues redirects here. ... The Wichita Eagle is the primary newspaper for the city of Wichita, Kansas and the surrounding area. ...


Career prior to election to Congress

Before being elected to the House of Representatives in 1996, Ryun had operated Jim Ryun Sports, a company that ran sports camps, and worked as a motivational speaker at meetings of corporations and Christian groups around the country.[3] Among his projects, Ryun, who has a 50% hearing loss, helped the ReSound Hearing Aid Company develop a program called Sounds of Success, aimed at children with hearing loss. Since 1975, Ryun and his family have hosted running camps every summer for high school aged runners and continue to do so.


House of Representatives

Elections

Ryun was first elected in 1996 to fill a seat vacated by Republican Sam Brownback. He won the three-person Republican primary with 62 percent of the vote, defeating former Topeka mayor Doug Wright and Cheryl Brown Henderson,[4] the daughter of the plaintiff in the historic Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka desegregation case.[3] In the general campaign, Ryun was in tight race with Democrat John Frieden, a prominent Topeka trial attorney, who outspent Ryun $750,000 to $400,000.[3] Ryun won with 52 percent of the vote. Samuel Dale Brownback (born September 12, 1956) is the senior United States senator from the U.S. state of Kansas. ... Coordinates: , Country United States State Kansas County Shawnee Founded December 5, 1854 Incorporated February 14, 1857 Government  - Mayor Bill Bunten (R)  - City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. ... Holding Segregation of students in public schools violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, because separate facilities are inherently unequal. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic...


He was re-elected in 1998, 2000 and 2002, receiving more than 60 percent of the vote each time. He served on the Armed Services, Budget and Financial Services committees.


Ryun's strongest challenge came in 2004 from Democrat Nancy Boyda, a former moderate Republican. She ran a well financed campaign, spending $1,105,838 (compared to Ryun's $1,136,464).[5], but Ryun still defeated her by a margin of 56% to 41%. Nancy Boyda is the Democratic congresswoman representing Kansass 2nd congressional district. ...


Boyda was again the Democratic nominee in the 2006 election. Ryun also faced Roger Tucker of the Reform Party USA.[6] Initially expected to win, Ryun found his campaign faltering as internal polling by both Boyda and Republicans revealed a Democratic lead. In response, Ryun's campaign recruited both President Bush and Vice President Cheney to visit Topeka to campaign for Ryun. Ryun was defeated by Boyda, 51% to 47%, on November 7, 2006. On election night when he was defeated by Boyda, Ryun stood at his wife's side as she spoke of the campaign and her belief in Jesus Christ. Ryun made no concession statement as is customary when a candidate is defeated.[7] President Bush meets with Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer (then House Minority Leader and Minority Whip, respectively) at the Oval Office in the White House. ... The Reform Party of the United States of America (abbreviated Reform Party USA or RPUSA) is a political party in the United States, founded by Ross Perot in 1995 who said Americans were disillusioned with the state of politics – as being corrupt and unable to deal with vital issues – and... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Richard Bruce Dick Cheney (born January 30, 1941), is the 46th and current Vice President of the United States, serving under President George W. Bush. ... Coordinates: , Country United States State Kansas County Shawnee Founded December 5, 1854 Incorporated February 14, 1857 Government  - Mayor Bill Bunten (R)  - City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. ... is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In March 2007 Ryun confirmed that he would run for his old seat[1]. However, he could potentially face a divisive Republican primary against State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, who is perceived as being more moderate. March 2007 is the third month of the year. ... Kansas state treasurer and 2008 Congressional candidate Lynn Jenkins Lynn Jenkins, CPA (b June 10, 1963) is a Kansas politician and currently the 37th State Treasurer of Kansas. ...


Political positions

The National Journal rated Ryun as the nation's most conservative member of Congress.[8] He was a member of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of conservative House Republicans. He is also a leading member of the Kansas Republican Party's social conservative wing. National Journal is a weekly magazine about American politics and government, published by National Journal Group, Inc. ... This article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ... The Republican Study Committee is a caucus of conservative members of the Republican Party in the United States House of Representatives. ... The Kansas Republican Party is the Kansas organization of the national Republican Party. ...


Ryun generally supported Bush's legislative agenda, though he broke with the President over Medicare reform legislation that included a prescription drug benefit. In opposing the bill, Ryun said the bill didn't provide enough reform to keep future costs from soaring.


Ryun voted with fellow conservatives against the $373 billion end-of-session spending bill in 2003 because he considered it to be too costly and had come to Congress to support fiscal restraint.


Ryun voted with President Bush 89% of the time.[9]


Ryun voted the GOP party line 98% of the time.[10]


Controversies

ARMPAC campaign contributions

Ryun received $31,777 in campaign contributions from former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's political action committee, ARMPAC. DeLay has faced ethics charges. To date, Ryun has not offered to return the contributions, despite calls from Democrats to do so.[11] Ryun has also contributed to DeLay's legal defense trust.[12] The Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives acts as the leader of the party that has a majority control of the seats in the house (currently at least 218 of the 435 seats). ... Thomas Dale DeLay (born April 8, 1947) is a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Sugar Land, Texas. ... In the United States, a political action committee, or PAC, is the name commonly given to a private group organized to elect or defeat government officials in order to promote legislation, often supporting the groups special interests. ... Americans for a Republican Majority also ARMPAC, a Political Action Committee formed by former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. ...


Townhouse purchase in 2000

On December 15, 2000, Ryun bought a townhouse in the District of Columbia from U.S. Family Network for $410,000,[13], in a private sale.[14] That organization was controlled by Ed Buckham, DeLay's former chief of staff; funding of the organization came mostly from Jack Abramoff's lobbying clients.[15] The townhouse had been purchased about two years earlier, for $429,000,[16] to house Buckham's consulting firm Alexander Strategy Group and DeLay's ARMPAC. U.S. Family Network, Inc. ... Edwin A. Buckham is a former congressional staffer and lobbyist, who presently is under investigation in various scandals surrounding high-profile lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former Congressman Tom DeLay. ... Jack Abramoff (born February 28, 1958) is an American political lobbyist, a Republican political activist and businessman who is a central figure in a series of high-profile political scandals. ... Alexander Strategy Group was a lobbying firm involved in the K Street Project. ...


When questions arose as to whether Ryun had paid full market value in 2000, his office released documents showing that another home on the same block was sold for $409,000 on the same day he bought his home. According to property records, the other home is on a land area about half the size of Ryun's, and was assessed in 2006 as worth $528,000, compared to $764,000 for Ryun's home.[17]


Audio interview

  • TheFinalSprint.com's interview with American hero Jim Ryun

References

  1. ^ Family Values — Brought To You By James C. Dobson
  2. ^ Fred Mann, "Jim Ryun: Running on Faith," Wichita Eagle, December 29, 1996
  3. ^ a b c Chris Wilson and Greg St. Clair, "The runner's last lap: how Jim Ryun refused to go negative, lost a big lead, then recovered in the final week to win a U.S. house seat", Campaigns & Elections, April, 1997, published by Congressional Quarterly
  4. ^ Toppo, Greg. "Cheryl Brown Henderson", USA Today, 2004-05-16. Retrieved on 2006-08-30. (English) 
  5. ^ Total Raised and Spent 2004
  6. ^ List of Candidates in Kansas
  7. ^ Democrats dominate Lawrence Journal-World
  8. ^ SPECIAL REPORT: 2006 VOTE RATINGS House Liberal Scores, National Journal
  9. ^ http://www.dccc.org/gopauctionhouse/members/JimRyunKS-2.html
  10. ^ http://www.dccc.org/gopauctionhouse/members/JimRyunKS-2.html
  11. ^ http://www.ourfuture.org/issues_and_campaigns/accountablecongress/delay/money9.cfm Contributions from ARMPAC to 109th Members of Congress, 1994–2006]
  12. ^ "Rep. Tom DeLay’s Legal Expense Trust: Analysis of Contribution Records" (pdf), Public Citizen, February 1, 2005
  13. ^ Deed for sale of U.S. Family Network's townhouse, December 15, 2000, TPMMuckracker.com
  14. ^ Paul Kiel, "Just How Sweet Was Ryun's Townhouse Deal?", TPMMuckracker.com, March 28, 2006
  15. ^ R. Jeffrey Smith, "Former DeLay Aide Enriched By Nonprofit: Bulk of Group's Funds Tied to Abramoff", Washington Post, March 25, 2006
  16. ^ Deed for purchase of U.S. Family Network's townhouse, January 12, 1999, TPMMuckracker.com
  17. ^ "Congressman denies improper real estate deal: GOP representative defends town house buy from group with Abramoff ties", Associated Press, March 29, 2006

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Preceded by
Dick Anderson, Bob Johnson, Donna Lopiano, Don Schollander, Stan Smith and Wyomia Tyus
Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 1994
alongside: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lee Evans, Calvin Hill, William C. Hurd and Leroy Keyes
Succeeded by
Lesley Bush, Larry Echohawk, Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, Bob Lanier, Mike Phipps and Mike Reid
Preceded by
Sam Brownback
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 2nd congressional district

1997–2007
Succeeded by
Nancy Boyda

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Jim Ryun (234 words)
Ryun attended the University of Kansas and quickly rose from schoolboy sensation to become the world's premier middle-distance runner.
Ryun was the favorite in the 1968 games in Mexico City, but he fell victim to a furious early pace and the high altitude caused him to loose to Kip Keino of Kenya.
Ryun ran briefly as a professional but never approached world-class times again.
Jim Ryun - definition of Jim Ryun in Encyclopedia (236 words)
Jim R. Ryun (born April 29 1947), American athlete and politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1996, representing the 2nd District of Kansas.
He defeated Democrat Nancy Boyda handily, though she was widely seen as a formidable and viable challenger to Ryun.
Earlier polls had shown Boyda leading Ryun by as much as seven percentage points, yet she was defeated by more than twice that margin.
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