Jim Ryun

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Birthday
29, 1947
Birthplace
Kansas
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
29, 1947 (age 71)
Birthplace
Kansas

About

American track & field athlete turned politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1996 to 2007 as a republican congressman for Kansas.

Before Fame

He was the first high school athlete to break a four minute mile and set the U.S. open mile record, which he held for thirty six years (until 2001).

Trivia

He held several track & field world records and won the silver medal in the 1500 meter race at the 1968 Olympics.

Family Life

He married his wife, Anne, and had two sons, with whom he co-authored several books.

Associated With

He once hosted a joint fundraiser with Rep. Mark Foley, but denied any connection to him after Foley's scandal broke.