TULSA, Okla. - It's official: Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for president, has chosen Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.
He made the announcement during a rally in Norfolk, Virginia Saturday morning, although several news agencies had reported the news hours before the official announcement.
Romney's campaign also released the name through a smartphone app.
Ryan, 42, has long been considered a likely choice for Romney, and as Chairman of the House Budget Committee, his plans for economic reform reverberate with conservatives.
He's even been unafraid to take on the seemingly sacred entitlements, including Medicare. His plan: Allow people under 55 to opt out and buy private insurance with government assistance.
The plan passed the House but died in a Democrat-controlled Senate.
Many see the choice of Ryan as Romney's attempt to put the focus of the campaign squarely back on economic issues -- an area where Republicans believe President Barack Obama to be particularly vulnerable.
Ryan has ties to Oklahoma through his wife, Janna. She is a cousin to Rep. Dan Boren, and a niece of former U.S. Senator and Governor David Boren.
Ironically, the Boren family are staunch Democrats, but still considered fairly conservative by most standards.
The Ryans have three children, Elizabeth, Charles, and Samuel.