Pat Ryan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
Assumed office
September 13, 2022
Preceded byAntonio Delgado
Constituency19th district (2022–2023)
18th district (2023–present)
2nd County Executive of Ulster County
In office
June 7, 2019 – September 9, 2022
Preceded byMichael P. Hein
Adele Reiter (acting)
Succeeded byJohanna Contreras (acting)
Jen Metzger
Personal details
Born
Patrick Kevin Ryan

(1982-03-28) March 28, 1982 (age 41)
Kingston, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse
Rebecca Grusky
(m. 2015)
Children2
Education
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service2004–2009
Battles/warsIraq War

Patrick Kevin Ryan (born March 28, 1982)[1][2] is an American businessman and Democratic politician serving as the U.S. representative for New York's 18th congressional district since 2023. He served as the representative for New York's 19th congressional district from 2022 to 2023, after being elected in a special election. He previously served as the county executive of Ulster County, New York.[1][3][4]

Early life and career

Ryan was born and raised in Kingston, New York, the son of Patricia L. and Kevin M. Ryan.[5] He earned a Bachelor of Science in international politics from the United States Military Academy in 2004 and a Master of Arts in security studies from Georgetown University.[6] Two of his West Point classmates are fellow Congressmen John James and Wesley Hunt. His wife is Rebecca Ryan (née Grusky).[7] He was previously married and divorced.[7]

Ryan served in the United States Army as a military intelligence officer from 2004 to 2009, including two tours in Iraq.[8] From 2009 to 2011, he worked as the deputy director of Berico Technologies, as a subcontractor for Palantir Technologies in Afghanistan.[8] He co-founded Praescient Analytics, a software company, in 2011. From 2015 to 2017, he was a senior vice president of Dataminr, an artificial intelligence platform. In 2018 and 2019, Ryan was a senior adviser at New Politics.[9]

Ulster County executive (2019–2022)

In February 2019, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein resigned to take a position in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration. On April 30, Ryan defeated Republican nominee Jack Hayes in the special election to succeed Hein;[10] he took office on June 7, 2019. He became the second executive of Ulster County since it adopted a county charter in 2008.[11] In November 2019, he defeated Hayes in a rematch to win a full four-year term as county executive.[12]

As county executive, Ryan piloted a universal basic income program, wherein 100 families in the county received $500 per month.[13][14] He also enacted several environmental protections in Ulster County, committing to fully transition the operations of the county government to renewable energy by 2030 and partnering with SUNY Ulster to promote green energy jobs.[13]

On January 14, 2020, Ryan endorsed Pete Buttigieg in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries. In a statement, Ryan cited Buttigieg's military service, his "bold progressive vision", and his "moral leadership" as his reasons for support.[15][16]

On September 9, 2022, Ryan stepped down as Ulster County Executive. The deputy county executive, Johanna Contreras, was sworn in as acting county executive that day.[17]

U.S. House of Representatives (2022–present)

Elections

2018

Main article: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in New York § District 19

Ryan first ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. In the Democratic primary in New York's 19th congressional district, he received 18% of the vote to Antonio Delgado's 22%. Delgado defeated incumbent Republican representative John Faso in the general election.[18]

2022 special

Main article: 2022 New York's 19th congressional district special election

After Delgado resigned from Congress on May 25, 2022, to become lieutenant governor of New York, Ryan announced that he would run in the special election to succeed Delgado.[1] Ryan was chosen as the Democratic nominee on June 9 at a meeting of Democratic county party chairs.[19]

In the August 23 special election, Ryan faced Republican nominee and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. Ryan was seen as the underdog as every poll had him trailing Molinaro and many believed that President Joe Biden's unpopularity would hinder Democrats in the swing district. Ryan narrowly defeated Molinaro by 2,858 votes, 51.1%–48.8%,[20] which was considered an upset. He outperformed Biden's 2020 margin in the district by 0.8%. In explaining his victory, political observers noted that Ryan campaigned strongly in favor of protecting abortion rights in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade.[21] His victory was attributed to college-educated voters', particularly women's, support for abortion rights.[4][22]

Molinaro and Ryan both ran for Congress again in the general elections in November 2022 for the newly redrawn 19th and 18th districts, respectively. Each won in his respective district.[23]

2022

Main article: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in New York § District 18

In November 2022, Ryan contested the state's 18th district, which was changed from its previous configuration after redistricting.[1][4] On the same day as his special election victory in the 19th district, Ryan won the Democratic nomination for the regular election in the 18th district.[4] He defeated Republican nominee Colin Schmitt[24] in the general election.[25]

Tenure

Ryan being given an aerial tour of West Point, New York after the July 2023 Northeastern United States floods

On February 1, 2023, Ryan was among twelve Democrats to vote for a resolution to end COVID-19 national emergency.[26][27]

Ryan voted with President Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time in the 117th Congress, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis.[28]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Ryan with his wife and two children

Ryan was born and raised in Kingston, New York, where he lives with his wife and two children. His grandfather previously served on the Kingston City Council.[31]

Electoral history

New York's 19th congressional district Democratic primary, 2018[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Antonio Delgado 8,576 22.10%
Democratic Pat Ryan 6,941 17.89%
Democratic Gareth Rhodes 6,890 17.75%
Democratic Brian Flynn 5,245 13.52%
Democratic Jeff Beals 4,991 12.86%
Democratic Dave Clegg 4,257 10.97%
Democratic Erin Collier 1,908 4.92%
Total votes 38,808 100.00%
Ulster County executive special election, April 2019[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pat Ryan 11,814 67.73%
Independence Pat Ryan 1,006 5.77%
Total Pat Ryan 12,820 73.50%
Republican Jack Hayes 3,366 19.30%
Conservative Jack Hayes 1,194 6.85%
Total Jack Hayes 4,560 26.14%
Write-in 63 0.36%
Total votes 17,443 100.00%
Democratic hold
Ulster County executive election, November 2019[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pat Ryan 27,017 52.58%
Working Families Pat Ryan 3,401 6.62%
Independence Pat Ryan 1,960 3.81%
Total Pat Ryan 32,378 63.01%
Republican Jack Hayes 15,700 30.55%
Conservative Jack Hayes 3,262 6.35%
Total Jack Hayes 18,962 36.90%
Write-in 44 0.09%
Total votes 53,630 100.00%
Democratic hold
2022 New York's 19th congressional district special election[34][35]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Pat Ryan 58,636 45.39% –2.61
Working Families Pat Ryan 7,452 5.77% –0.78
Total Pat Ryan 66,088 51.15% –3.64
Republican Marc Molinaro 52,514 40.65% –2.55
Conservative Marc Molinaro 10,496 8.12% N/A
Total Marc Molinaro 63,010 48.77% +5.57
Write-in 96 0.07% N/A
Total votes 129,194 100.00%
Turnout 129,328 27.16%
Registered electors 476,134
Democratic hold
New York's 18th congressional district Democratic primary, 2022
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pat Ryan 29,400 83.8%
Democratic Aisha Mills 4,603 13.1%
Democratic Moses Mugulusi 966 2.8%
Total votes 34,969 100%
New York's 18th congressional district, 2022[36]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pat Ryan 123,168 46.15%
Working Families Pat Ryan 12,077 4.52%
Total Pat Ryan (incumbent) 135,245 50.67%
Republican Colin Schmitt 116,972 43.83%
Conservative Colin Schmitt 14,681 5.50%
Total Colin Schmitt 131,653 49.33%
Total votes 266,898 100%

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