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House Speaker Paul Ryan uncovers Jewish roots on PBS show

4 years 4 months 14 hours ago Wednesday, August 01 2018 Aug 1, 2018 August 01, 2018 8:44 AM August 01, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan was surprised and proud to find out he has Jewish roots.

The Wisconsin Republican discovered his family history while filming a segment for the upcoming season of the PBS series "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr." Gates says he traced Ryan's heritage back to his 10th great-grandfather born in 1531 in Germany.

The research showed Ryan is 3 percent Ashkenazi Jewish, and Gates says the news "about knocked his head off." Also featured on the show's fifth season debuting in January is Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.

Gates says he chose Ryan because he was fascinated by him and not his politics. He picked Rubio because he wanted to include a Cuban and Gabbard because of her Pacific ancestry.

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