Saturday, November 9, 2002

Congressman youngest since 1812

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Not since 1812 has anyone been elected to Congress from Ohio as young as Tim Ryan.

The Youngstown-area Democrat, who turned 29 on July 16, is 2 years older than John McLean when he was first elected to Congress 190 years ago, according to the Ohio Historical Society.

Mr. McLean, a lawyer and newspaper publisher from Lebanon, served four years in the House before resigning in 1816 to take a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court. He later became postmaster general and was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1829 by President Andrew Jackson.

Mr. Ryan was not the youngest person elected to Congress on Tuesday.

That honor falls to Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who turned 29 on Oct. 1 and will represent a Fresno-area district.

The youngest member of Congress is still Adam Putnam, 28, R-Fla., first elected to Congress two years ago. He ran unopposed for re-election on Tuesday.

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