|Address||11231 N. Pennsylvania Ave |
Kansas City, Missouri 64155, United States
|| April 17, 1976
Mar 27, 2012 06:54pm
Very Conservative - Baptist -
|Info||As an 8th generation Missourian, Ryan was raised in Gladstone where he attended Meadowbrook Elementary, Antioch Middle and Oak Park High School, graduating in 1994. While at Oak Park, Ryan competed in Track, Debate and Forensics. In 1992 Ryan volunteered to work for the Bush/Quayle Presidential campaign in K.C. In 1993 he was selected by the American Legion to attend Missouri Boys State where he was elected to the State Legislature. His senior year at Oak Park he was elected President of the Oak Park chapter of the National Forensics League. |
After graduation, Ryan attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpretative Speech with a minor in Political Science. He competed in Inter-Collegiate Debate all four years, where he was team captain 3 years and received numerous awards, including a top 5 ranking in the National Educational Debate Association. In addition to debate, he was a member of Phi Sigma Chi literary society, competing in Inter-Society Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Track, Debate and Scholar Bowl.
Upon completion of his degree, Ryan married his college sweetheart Michelle. Shortly after the wedding, he was offered two Legislative Correspondent positions in Washington, DC, first by Senator Kit Bond and then a week later by then-Senator John Ashcroft. Accepting the position with Senator Bond, Ryan and Michelle moved to DC to begin what would prove to be an invaluable legislative education. As a Legislative Correspondent he worked with various issues, including but not limited to: Transportation, Public Works, the Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Trade, Communications and Crime. Within 11 months he was promoted to Legislative Aide where he acted as the Senator's advisor on Science, Technology and Space Policy. In connection with his official duties he obtained a Top Secret security clearance from the Department of Defense. As a Legislative Aide he worked closely with the Military Legislative Assistant to craft Senator Bond's Defense Appropriations requests for FY '01.
After 2 1/2 years in Washington with Senator Bond, Ryan and Michelle returned home and he took a job as Vice President of Marketing with PlainTalk Media, a local web application development company. After 9/11 and the recent downturn in the Tech sector, he left PlainTalk and is now a Mortgage Advisor for Integrity Lending Group. Ryan and Michelle are firmly re-settled in the Northland and are active members of Antioch Bible Baptist Church.