Updated: Ryan Expected to Address DNC around 8 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan will address  the Democratic National Convention  tonight on its closing day.

A few minutes ago, Pat Lowry, senior adviser, press and communications, said Ryan was expected to speak about 8 p.m. at the convention. He will “tell the delegates and the nation why Hillary Clinton is the right choice for working people in this country” and why she should be the next U.S. president, Lowry said in the media advisory.

Early this morning, Ryan, D-13 Ohio, was not on the list of speakers for the convention on the DNC website. Only a handful of speakers are named so far from when the convention reconvenes  at 4:30 p.m. until Hillary Clinton accepts the nomination.

Since shortly after his election to Congress in 2002, Ryan has been seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, touted for bids for statewide office and U.S. Senate.

Several media reports indicated that Clinton considered Ryan as a running mate. That role went to U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. Clinton and Kaine will campaign in Youngstown Saturday night at East High School as part of a swing through Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Ryan was an early Clinton supporter in her quest for the  nomination and campaigned with her during the primaries. Following an appearance at M7 Technologies in Youngstown in March, he accompanied Clinton for a visit to O’Donold’s Irish Pub & Grill downtown.

Ryan also backed Clinton in her 2008 bid before then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama secured the nomination. At the Democratic convention last night, President Obama told delegates that “there has never been a man or a woman” – including himself or Clinton’s husband,  Bill -– “more qualified”  to serve as president.

Also scheduled to speak this evening is U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who had been slated to address delegates last night. Brown is expected to speak shortly before 10 p.m., just before a performance by Katy Perry. At 10 p.m., Chelsea Clinton is scheduled to introduce her mother.

Pictured: Ryan and Clinton at O’Donold’s Irish Pub.

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