Pat Ryan is a strong advocate for bold climate action who fought for efforts that are critical to our transition to a clean energy future as Ulster County executive.
Ryan was born and raised in Kingston, New York, in the 18th District, where he graduated from the public school system and went on to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point. After serving two tours in Iraq and returning home to found a small technology company that built partnerships with government and nonprofit organizations, he was elected county executive in Ulster County in a special election in 2019. He campaigned on a Green New Deal for Ulster County, and after coming into office, he helped make the county a leader on climate action, committing to 100% renewable energy by 2030, buying the first electric buses in the county, and starting the Ulster County Green Careers Academy at SUNY Ulster.
As a representative, Ryan will continue to advocate for bold climate action and stand up to corporate polluters so that all communities in New York can have a healthy environment.
Ryan was elected to the U.S. House in a special election on August 23 for New York’s former 19th congressional district seat, and was reelected to represent New York’s newly drawn 18th congressional district due to redistricting.
In his own words:
“Climate change is the greatest threat to our future and we must center it in our discourse. As County Executive, I saw firsthand what can happen when communities work together to address the climate crisis, from launching a green-careers academy, to electrifying our public bus network and expanding solar power Ulster County has been a leader. I’m excited to build on that work in Washington.”
– LCVAF Press Release