Prior to joining GOPIF, Ryan served as Speaker of the Maine House Representatives from 2020 to 2022. He was, at the time, the youngest presiding officer in the nation and the first openly gay speaker in Maine’s history. He also served as the Maine House Assistant Majority Leader and as Chair of the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development during his terms in the Maine Legislature from 2014 to 2022.
Ryan’s primary legislative achievements included the creation of a state tax incentive for affordable housing, instituting housing-friendly zoning and land use regulations, investing in vocational and trade schools, implementing a child care worker wage stipend, and expanding dental coverage to over 200,000 Mainers. Ryan graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 2014. He has previously worked for a construction trade publication, a food insecurity non-profit, a data and analytics firm, and operated two small businesses. He resides in his hometown of Biddeford with his partner and two doodles Pancake and Jax.