Get to Know Ryan

Ryan Quarles grew up on his family’s farm in Scott County, a family that has lived in central Kentucky for over 200 years. The farm upbringing quickly taught Ryan the lessons of hard work and self-reliance. While attending Scott County High School, Ryan began growing his own crops as a means to pay for college. When Ryan graduated as both valedictorian and president of his class, he enrolled at the University of Kentucky as a proud Wildcat. Today, Ryan is a State Representative in the Kentucky House of Representatives, serving the people of District 62. Ryan has served in the Kentucky General Assembly since 2010, representing Scott, Owen and Fayette Counties.

An Effective Leader in Frankfort

Ryan is one of only a handful of legislators to pass legislation during his first two terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives. He demonstrates true bipartisanship and approaches policy-making with common-sense ingenuity. During the 2014 legislative session, Ryan reached across party lines to pass the “Voter Ballot Access Bill” which passed with unanimous support and clarified confusing voter instructions in Kentucky’s election process. Ryan also gained statewide support when he passed the “Kentucky Youth Referee Bill” which fixed an omission in Kentucky’s law related to youth referees. Ryan secured millions in road improvements for the district and help land a new Advanced Manufacturing Center to be built in Georgetown. Ryan continues to fight for his constituents to secure a bright future for all Kentuckians. Ryan is the Vice-Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He also sits on the Agriculture Committee, the Tobacco Master Settlement Oversight Committee and the Banking and Insurance Committee.

An Experienced Public Servant

Ryan felt from an early age that his time was best spent in the service of his community. While attending the University of Kentucky, Ryan represented nearly a quarter of a million students as the Commonwealth’s chief student advocate on the Council of Postsecondary Education. Ryan voted against tuition hikes for students, and supported policies that made college education more accessible for all Kentuckians. Ryan’s early public service career illustrates his commitment to the Commonwealth and desire to bring new ideas to Kentucky. Ryan served on the Committee on Equal Opportunities that addressed minority and diversity issues. In 2004, he worked on the successful 2004 tobacco buyout bill in Washington, D.C. Ryan also worked for a summer at the Foreign Agriculture Service in 2006, promoting American farm products during multi-lateral trade negotiations during the Doha round.

A Hard-Working Leader

Ryan completed three undergraduate majors and two graduate degrees in just four years at the University of Kentucky. He graduated in 2006 with majors in Political Science, Agricultural Economics and Public Service and Leadership, a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics and a Masters Degree in Diplomacy& International Commerce. Before starting law school at the University of Kentucky in 2006, Ryan was recognized for his public service endeavors by being named the only Kentuckian awarded the Truman Fellowship in 2005, Congress’ most prestigious public service scholarship. Additionally, Ryan received the Ronald Reagan Future Leader Fellowship while remaining active in the local community. In 2008, Harvard University awarded Ryan a full scholarship on the Zuckerman Fellowship. This scholarship enabled Ryan to continue his studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School. In 2009 he graduated from Harvard with a Masters Degree in Higher Education before moving back to Kentucky to finish his last year of law school.

Where Ryan is Now

Ryan continues to help on the family farm in Scott County. He teaches a class on State & Local Government at Georgetown College and practices law. Ryan Quarles is the son of Roger and Bonnie Quarles. He enjoys shooting, hiking, kayaking and dry-stone masonry.