ATA Applauds Choice of Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan Shooting Mathews BowNEW ULM Minn. — The Archery Trade Association applauds the selection of Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate.

“Governor Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan could not be more appropriate for the country, for small businesses like our ATA member companies and for bowhunters, archers and conservationists,” said Jay McAninch, ATA CEO/president. “Paul has been a great friend of our industry and has worn the bowhunting label proudly as he’s advanced in his career and become a key policymaker here in Washington DC. Unfortunately, to label Paul only as a bowhunter is to sell him short. He’s first and foremost a devoted family man who exemplifies the best quality of values, work ethic, character and principles.”

A longtime ally of the archery and bowhunting industry, Ryan has regularly stepped forward to help the industry, often on his own. “I like working with the archery industry because it’s a sport that’s done a lot for me,” Ryan told ATA contributing editor Patrick Durkin in a piece published in the April issue of “Inside Archery.”

Most recently, Congressman Ryan was awarded the position of Chair of the Honorary Board of the ATA on June 28, in Washington, DC. Ryan was also the lawmaker behind critical legislation in 2004 that closed a tax loophole and fixed other tax laws that applied to archery equipment manufacturers. The loophole once gave foreign manufacturers of archery equipment a 12.4 percent price advantage.

“My colleagues just don’t know archery, yet they’re putting excise taxes on bows, arrows and accessories without knowing what those parts are or how they work,” said Ryan. “Plus, I’m on the Ways and Means committee, so I understand how taxes work. I’ve been able to help when the archery industry needed it. We cleaned up that law to save our domestic archery and arrow manufacturers.”

Through his work with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, which he recently chaired for four years, Ryan met and became friends with ATA CEO/President Jay McAninch, who used to work for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. After McAninch was named ATA’s CEO/president in August 2000, he convened the industry’s first “summit” meeting in December 2001 in Minneapolis. Ryan addressed the industry members assembled at that first Summit and urged them to work together to grow archery and bowhunting.

Never failing to project himself as anything other than the avid bowhunter he is, Ryan requested he be photographed with his bow for a profile piece featuring the Congressman in “Time” magazine’s December 2011 issue.

“I told them I had some photos of a buck I shot with my bow when I was home in Wisconsin last fall,” Ryan said. “They explained that no, they would take the photo. I doubted I could find a way to quickly go out and kill a deer, so I suggested a photo of me shooting my bow. That photo of me at full draw in my office captured my two passions in one photo.”

It’s easier to advocate for archery and bowhunting, of course, when you’ve been part of both for so long. Ryan grew up in a hunting family and started hunting at age 12, but at 16 he lost his father, Paul Sr., who died of a heart attack at 55. With help from his father’s friends, Ryan learned to hunt birds and deer, and shoot archery year-round.

For more information about Congressman Ryan and his commitment to the archery and bowhunting industry, go to the Paul Ryan Resource pages on For more information about the ATA, go to or call toll free (866) 266-2776.

About the ATA
Since 1953 ATA has been the trade association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, sales representatives and others working in the archery and bowhunting industry. ATA is dedicated to making the industry profitable by decreasing business overhead, and reducing taxes and government regulation while increasing participation in archery and bowhunting. ATA owns and manages the ATA Trade Show, the archery and bowhunting industry’s largest and longest running trade show worldwide. More information can be found at

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