MADILL, Okla. -

Like her husband, Janna Ryan, the wife of Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, is a Washington veteran after years working as a legislative staffer, attorney and lobbyist.

Now a stay-at-home mom, she comes from a family rooted deep in the Democratic side of Oklahoma politics.

Janna Ryan has been thrust into the spotlight since Mitt Romney introduced her husband as a running mate. Her path to Washington began in the small southern Oklahoma town of Madill. Her family is still an institution.

She's a cousin of Democratic congressman Dan Boren and a niece of former governor and U.S. Sen. David Boren. Her grandfather, the late Reuel Little, was a third-party candidate for governor in 1970.