Thompson Center Announces Former Speaker Paul Ryan and Former Solicitor General Paul Clement as Honorary Fellows

November 24, 2020: The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership is pleased to announce that former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, and former U.S. Solicitor General, Paul Clement, have agreed to be Honorary Fellows at the Center.

Honorary Fellows will help elevate discussions on public leadership through a range of collaborations. They will work with the Center as speakers, researchers, and writers to follow the legacy of Governor Thompson, to bring great minds together to tackle some of Wisconsin’s biggest problems.

Paul Ryan is a native of Janesville who served as Representative for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District for two decades. He served in a variety of leadership roles including as Chair of the Committee on Ways & Means, Chair of the House Committee on the Budget, and ultimately as the 54th Speaker of the House of Representatives. In 2012, Speaker Ryan was selected as the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States.

Paul Clement is a native of Cedarburg who began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and later Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. He worked in private practice before reentering public service with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he became the 43th U.S. Solicitor General, arguing over 100 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a currently a partner with Kirkland & Ellis and Distinguished Lecturer in Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

The Thompson Center looks forward to collaborating with former Speaker Ryan and former Solicitor General Clement in the year ahead.