Rep. Ryan Aument was elected to serve the people of the 41st District in 2010. He brings to the office a distinguished military career, a record of trusted public service and a reputation for fiscal integrity.

Ryan has been appointed to serve on the House Labor and Industry, Education and Human Services committees for the 2013-14 legislative session. In addition, he is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which is primarily tasked with drafting an annual balanced budget proposal that allocates funds to state agencies and departments for state government operations on an annual basis.

Before his election to the state House, Ryan served as the Lancaster County Clerk of Courts, where he was responsible for maintaining the criminal court records for the County of Lancaster. He gained insight into state government while serving as the chief of staff for Rep. Bryan Cutler. He also gained experience working with a legislative body as a member of the Quarryville Borough Council.

Ryan served as a captain in the United States Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom, briefly commanding an infantry company of 150 soldiers after his company commander was wounded in action. He also served on battalion staff as a civil affairs officer. During his military career, Ryan earned several awards, including the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal Army Achievement Medal and Army Parachutist Badge. After returning from Iraq, he applied the skills he learned in leading a unit as a shift manager and production supervisor for ICI Paints.

In his first term in office, Ryan worked closely with representatives from across the educational spectrum, including teachers, administrators, school districts, and other education experts to craft legislative framework for a comprehensive, statewide educator evaluation system. The new evaluation system, which was enacted with the 2011-12 state budget, was designed to give educators accurate and constructive feedback on their job performance to ensure Pennsylvania students are taught by professionals who continuously grow and improve.

Ryan continues to work to rein in the expense of state government and refocus spending priorities to reflect the needs of Pennsylvanians. At the same time, he is a strong advocate for policies that will help make Pennsylvania a business-friendly environment, such as restructuring Pennsylvania’s antiquated corporate tax structure and reducing duplicative regulations.

As a reform-minded representative, Ryan strives to restore trust in state government by demanding transparency, especially in the budget process. He remains accessible to the people and encourages citizen participation in the legislative process, which he has achieved through the creation of a Citizen’s Advisory Board. Ryan holds quarterly meetings with the Advisory Board made up of residents from the 41st District to discuss legislative issues impacting the local community.

In addition, Ryan promotes a transformation of legislative benefits to reflect those available in the private sector and leads by example by contributing to his health insurance and refusing a taxpayer-funded car.

Ryan, a graduate of the Citadel in South Carolina, resides in Landisville with his wife, Kate, and their children, John David and June. He is a member of the Conestoga River District Fundraising Committee, the Board of Directors of the Community Action Program of Lancaster County, Mountville VFW Post No. 8757, the Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency Advisory Board and Grace Church at Willow Valley, where he serves as an adult ministry team leader. 

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