As an 8th generation Missourian, Ryan was raised in Clay County where he attended Meadowbrook Elementary, Antioch Middle and Oak Park High Schools. After graduating from college, Ryan became an advisor to U.S. Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond on issues such as Science, Technology, Space Policy and National Defense. During his time on Bond’s staff, Silvey obtained a Top Secret Security Clearance from the Department of Defense.
Ryan has served as a State Representative from Clay County since 2005. During that time he has been Vice-Chairman of the Small Business Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Appropriations General Administration Committee, Chairman of the Appropriations General Administration Committee and Chairman of the Joint Committee on Capital Improvements and Leases Oversight.
In 2011 Ryan became Chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, making him the youngest House Appropriations Chairman in the nation. For the last 2 years, he has guided the state through the “Great Recession” by balancing Missouri’s budget without raising taxes. Under his leadership, Missouri is one of just 7 states that have kept their AAA bond rating. He is praised by Republicans and Democrats alike for his unique ability to bring opposing parties together and work out solutions during extraordinarily difficult times. Ryan took what used to be an extremely partisan budget process with party-line votes and was able to get unanimous votes for his bills in committee.
Ryan is married to Angela and has 2 daughters, Taylor Mansker and Kally Silvey. Taylor is a freshman at Staley High School and Kally is in first grade. The family attends Fellowship of Grace Church where Ryan plays acoustic guitar in the music ministry.