Like her mother, Janna Little Ryan got her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She got her law degree at George Washington University in Washington. It could not be determined on Saturday whether she attended public schools in Oklahoma.
She was working as a tax attorney in Washington when she met Ryan, who was serving his first term in Congress. The couple have three children: Liza, 10, and sons Charles, 8, and Sam, 7.
Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at the time of their engagement in 2000 that they went deer hunting together and that she spotted the eight-point buck he shot on opening day of deer season. Ryan was 30 and Little 31 when they announced their engagement that April.
Dr. Ronald H. White, who served with Dan Little on the OU Board of Regents and praised the family's long civic involvement, said he attended the couple's wedding and that it was held at St. Joseph Old Cathedral, which was heavily damaged in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. White said the reception was at the Petroleum Club.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, who now represents Madill, said Saturday that he had gone on a congressional trip with the Ryans and later wrote Dan Little to tell him that it was like traveling with a president and his wife.
“They're devoted to one another,” Cole said Saturday.
Cole said Ryan and Dan Boren, also an avid hunter, “are responsible for killing half the game in Oklahoma.”