FATHER. HUSBAND. VETERAN
"I have sworn allegiance to my country and to the Constitution before, and I am prepared to do so again if elected to represent Iowa's 97th District."
Ryan graduated from Moline High School after having moved to the Quad Cities at the age of 10.
After graduating from high school, Ryan served his country in the United States Navy for 4 1/2 years from 1995-1999, most of it on the USS Thomas S. Gates CG-51, and was later stationed at the Rock Island Arsenal as a reservist.
Following his service, he utilized the Montgomery GI Bill to attend Blackhawk College where he completed a two year degree.
After graduating from Blackhawk, Ryan moved to Atlanta, GA, where he was quickly accepted into a Fast Track program for upcoming executives at a medical supply company. He traveled around the country for his work, including a stint directing medical supply trucks in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
After becoming a father, Ryan traded in his cross-country career, settling down in Le Claire to be near his family in the QC area and to provide a stable life for his wife and two children.
Becoming politically active, he has seen the challenges that Eastern Iowa is facing from underinvestment in schools to declining rural populations. He is running to serve those needs and to make a positive impact in the state he calls home.
Constituents within District 97 have suffered from the decision to privatize Medicaid in the state. While essential services have been cut for Iowans, managed care organizations (MCOs) continue to get raises from the Legislature without results.
Ryan would push to de-privatize state Medicaid and work to increase the quality and eligibility for the program to ensure that Iowans truly have a right to healthcare.
Ryan knows that education is a source of pride for Iowa, but he also understands that disinvestment in schools and teachers has led to a decline in the quality of education for many students.
To make sure Iowa's education is back on top, Ryan will push for greater investment in rural schools, increasing access to technology, and giving back teachers their dignity by reinstating collective bargaining rights.
During the COVID-19 Crisis, many rural students have not had proper internet access, leaving them at a severe disadvantage in their schooling. Ryan would immediately seek to expand internet access for all Iowa students to ensure that no one falls behind in these difficult times.
Climate Change is a major threat to the area, both environmentally and economically. Ryan is dedicated to working with family farmers to take the lead on environmental and agricultural innovation as Climate Change unchecked will negatively impact the bottom lines of farmers in the area. In addition, he will advocate for greater use of renewable technologies and investment in green industries in Iowa.
Like Climate Change, water quality in Iowa directly affects everyone. In order to protect the drinking water that Iowans depend upon, Ryan will push to expand the Nutrient Reduction Strategy Program and take a hardline on major polluters and put a moratorium on factory farming.
Iowa has faced lagging economic growth with the state's GDP only increasing 0.9% in 2019, far behind the national average of 2.3% according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Much of the state's economic growth is only going to cities like Des Moines and Iowa City while most of Eastern Iowa is being. left behind.
Ryan believes that it's time for District 97 to have a fair shot.
In order for the area to be more competitive, Ryan would push for funding to make Highway 30 four-lane from Cedar Rapids to Clinton, which will spur major economic growth and drive up local investment in the district.
Ryan will continue efforts to allow for greater internet accessibility across the state which will help rural residents compete in the economy.
He'll push for a higher minimum wage that will put more money into the hands of working Iowans and be put back into local businesses.
Towns: Calamus, Camanche, Delmar, De Witt, Elwood,
Folletts, Grand Mound, Le Claire, Lost Nation, McCausland,
Park View, Princeton, Toronto, Welton, Wheatland