VanVonderen is a midwesterner, built like a line backer, and a lapsed alcoholic himself.
And in fact, Ryan the midwesterner does seem to look to the South.
He was a midwesterner from a swing state, with unvarnished liberal credentials and the backing of labor.
I happen to be a midwesterner myself, so my accent is hard, I mean, with a sharp enunciation.
1926, in U.S. geographical sense, from earlier Midwestern (1889) in reference to a group of states originally listed as W.Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas; now generally meaning states somewhat further northwest. Related: Midwesterner.