Paul Ryan explains that he grew up reading Ayn Rand's books and that they have had a significant influence on the development of his value system, his thinking, and of course his political career.
"I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are.
It's inspired me so much that it's required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff. We start with Atlas Shrugged.
People tell me I need to start with The Fountainhead then go to Atlas Shrugged [laughter]. There's a big debate about that.
We go to Fountainhead, but then we move on, and we require Mises and Hayek as well."
- Speech to the Atlas Society on the anniversary of Ayn Rand's birth
Paul Ryan seems to regard the influence of Ayn Rand on his own thinking to be so important and profound that wants members of his political staff to also experience a similar influence and thus be better able to assist him in his political agenda.