If American's decide to elect the Romney-Ryan ticket, it will have a historical connection to Utica. The last sitting republican congressman to run and be elected was former Utica mayor James Schoolcraft Sherman. Ryan would be the second to do so. Sherman was a long time congressman for the area and served under President William Howard Taft in 1908.
Trustee for the Oneida County Historical Society Frank Tomaino says, "We've had US Senators, we've had a justice of the Supreme Court, but we've never had a Vice President except for James Schoolcraft Sherman and he was a very influential republican."
Gerald Fordwas a congressman before becoming vice president but was appointed to the VP role, and Dick Cheney is a former congressman from Wyoming, but not at the time he was tapped to run alongside George W. Bush.