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Early Life and Education
Ryan is a ninth-generation resident of Pennsylvania, where his family has lived since colonial times. He graduated from Parkland High School, graduated with honors from New York University with a degree in Finance and International Business, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. Ryan has continued his education by completing programs for state government officials at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Ryan is a strong advocate for what he sees as the most important issues facing Pennsylvania: creating jobs, protecting taxpayers, strengthening education and reforming government.
As a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Ryan is in his third term representing the 134th Legislative District (parts of Berks and Lehigh Counties). For the 2015-2016 legislative session, he was selected to serve as Deputy Majority Whip and Deputy Chair of the Majority Policy Committee.
Ryan also serves as Vice-Chair of the Labor & Industry Committee, Secretary of the Environmenta
l Resources & Energy Committee, Secretary of the Commerce Committee, and a member of the Gaming Oversight Commit
tee. Additionally, he has been appointed to represent the House on the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board.
Within six months of taking office, Ryan introduced and passed his first piece of legislation. That bill (now Act 169 of 2012) streamlined government operations and reduced unnecessary regulations. Ryan was also the prime sponsor of legislation that was hailed as the “most significant tax reform in 20 years” by the Pennsylvania CPA Journal. This le
gislation (now Act 52 of 2013) made numerous changes to the tax code that included closing corporate tax loopholes; reducing tax rates; and even eliminating the inheritance tax for small, family-owned businesses.
Current legislation introduced by Ryan seeks to help veterans more easily start new businesses, protect taxpayers from fraud committed by tax collectors, create more career awareness amongst high school and middle school students
, and modernize and reform outdated legislation relating to money transmission.
Prior to being elected to office, Ryan served as the director of policy at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. In this senior management role, he worked on issues relating to unemployment compensation reform, workers’ co
mp insurance, the Uniform Construction Code, and workforce development. He was successful in leading the way on bipartisan efforts that saved Pennsylvania taxpayers $100 million by refinancing debt and will save an additional $400 million per year by implementing other reform measures. Ryan also represented the Department on the Board of the Team PA Foundation, the Environmental Quality Board, and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority.
Ryan began his career by working on Pat Toomey’s first campaign for the U.S. Senate. He then worked on a number of other political campaigns and earned his real estate sales license before entering public service and accepting a position at the U.S. Department of Labor. While there, he worked extensively on domestic and international assignments and gained a strong understanding of labor market dynamics.
An active member of the local community, Ryan is involved in a number of charities and non-profit organizations. He currently serves on the board of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, the executive coun
cil of the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, the community advisory committee of the Autism Resource Hub of Lehigh Valley, and is a board member of the AHEPA #60 Apartments that provide affordable housing for seniors.
Awards and Honors
Ryan has been recognized for his work domestically and internationally. He was named one of the Forty Under 40 by Lehigh Valley Business, was selected as a Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments, and received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business. Additionally, he was named a Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation; was selected to serve as a delegate to the Palestinian Territories, Israel, and Jordan by the American Council of Young Political Leaders; and participated in the United States-Japan Foundation’s U.S.-Japan Leadership Program.