U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, is the first member of the U.S. House of Representatives to publicly support Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate, the national grass-roots group Ready for Hillary announced.
“I’m proud to announce my support for the Ready for Hillary movement and to join more than one million Americans in doing so,” said Ryan, serving his sixth term in Congress.
“I believe Hillary would make a fantastic president of the United States. But that won’t happen unless we organize and encourage her to run. If we are to break through the glass ceiling and make Hillary our next president, it will require a new generation of leaders stepping up to the plate and building a movement from the ground up,” Ryan added.
“We are incredibly grateful to have Congressman Ryan join the Ready for Hillary movement,” said Adam Parkhomenko, executive director of Ready for Hillary, which is based in Arlington, Va.
“He understands our mission and our challenges, and he knows that nothing is more important than harnessing the energy of everyday Americans at the grass-roots level,” Parkhomenko said. “Supporters like Tim who are new to the fold are playing a key role in our efforts to encourage Hillary to run, and they will play a key role in helping her win should she decide to do so.”