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My Struggle: The Jonah Ryan Story

Throughout my life I have always been a fighter. I’ve been knocked down a few times, sure: by economic adversity, by other kids, and, most recently, by testicular cancer. But I’ve always gotten back up, dusted myself off, and made the tough decisions about whether to keep fighting and, if so, how to win.
I was born and raised in the Granite State in the shadow of the majestic White Mountains. I grew up swimming and fishing in our lakes, hiking and skiing on our mountains, exploring our fields and forests and enjoying the fine dining and rich cultural offerings of our vibrant towns and cities. I attended the University of New Hampshire, first in Durham and then after a year off, at the Manchester campus, although I left before completing my degree. While I was in college, I was also attending another school, the School of Hard Knocks, where I learned important lessons about the fundamental unfairness of life and how difficult it can be to make other people, especially girls, like you if you suffer from the disability of being tall and rather gangly.

After college, Fate blew me to Washington D.C. where I rolled up my sleeves and joined the battle to help make government work better for ordinary Americans like my mom. After rising quickly in the executive branch, I became a senior assistant to President Stuart Hughes, working directly with the President in the White House. In that capacity, I dealt with senior officials and foreign leaders on a daily basis and participated in many major policy discussions and decisions. I also served as the liaison with President Selina Meyer while she was vice president, advising her on important matters and informing her of President Hughes’opinions and decisions.After President Hughes’ resignation, I continued to work in the White House for President Meyer for a brief time, but I became frustrated with Beltway Gridlock and returned home to run for office in order to work more effectively for change. Never one to shrink from a challenge, I wanted to get the country back on track and return America to the values I grew up with: hard work, thrift, equal opportunity for all, a decent amount of outdoor recreation plus tourism and a government that works for the people and not the other way around.

The good people of New Hampshire rewarded me with a victory after I took courageous stands on complicated issues like forests and gun control. (My unofficial campaign song was “Won’t Back Down” and I think that really tells you a lot about the kind of person I am.) I returned to Washington fired up to make some real and lasting progress, regardless of whose toes get stepped on. After just a few months in office, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I took one look at the testicle in question and resolved that I would beat its cancer, just like I’ve overcome every other obstacle in my life.

Today, after having the testicle removed and completing a course of chemotherapy, I am proud to be not just a cancer survivor but a cancer winner. And I promise to bring the same grit, guts, and determination that enabled me to beat cancer to beating the many cancers that currently infect our country before they can spread to my beloved home state. As the founder and chairman of the influential renegade caucus, The Jeffersons, I am leading the battle against government nonsense on behalf of ordinary people. People like you. And you. And you. Thank you for taking the time to read my website thoroughly. My whole team worked on it very hard and we are very proud of it. May God bless you, the great state of New Hampshire, and the United States of America!