State Rep. Francis “Frank” X. Ryan
Col. USMCR (ret)

Elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2016, Frank Ryan is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s College in nearby Emmittsburg, MD. Frank graduated summa cum laude in 1973, and received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland in 1977.

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’ comp insurance, the Uniform Construction Code, and workforce development. He was successful in leading the way on bipartisan efforts that saved Pennsylvania taxpayers almost $60 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.

A retired Marine Reserve colonel, Frank was recalled to active duty in December 2004 and served with Multi-National Force-Iraq until June 2005. Prior to his initial retirement in 2002, Frank served as the Central Command Special Operations Officer during Operation Enduring Freedom.

In civilian life, Frank Ryan is a strong fiscal conservative and an expert in corporate restructurings and management.  His book called “Revolutionizing Accounting for Decision Making” was published in 2016.

Frank believes strongly in volunteerism and public service. Leading by example, he has served on numerous boards of directors of public and nonprofit charitable organizations including chairman of the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd Services, chairman of the Audit Committee of the Institute of World Politics and chair of the Audit Committee for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Frank’s volunteerism isn’t relegated to meeting rooms. He walked 2,806 miles across America in 2014 to raise awareness of the needs of children with emotional and behavior issues and for children with developmental disabilities.  The third oldest person to have ever completed this feat, he has written a book called “Life Lessons Learned – Amazing Stories of my Walk Across America for Children” to help raise funds for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and their mission.

Frank’s military service includes three Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the U. S. Army Commendation Medal.

Frank is the extremely proud father of four wonderful children, and seven super grandchildren and his beautiful partner and wife, Sherrie.