Ryan Spain was sworn in as State Representative of the 73rd District in January 2017, following the retirement of State Representative David Leitch.

A lifelong Peorian, Spain attended District 150 schools and is a Richwoods High School alumnus.  He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a double degree in political science and speech communication.  Spain also holds an MBA from Bradley University.

In April 2007, Spain was elected to the City Council as the youngest at-large member in Peoria history.  He is currently employed at OSF Healthcare System as the Vice President of Economic Development.  Spain and his wife Ashley have a three-year old daughter named Vivienne.

In his time on the Peoria City Council, Spain garnered a reputation for educating himself on all sides of the issues and he was not afraid to make tough budgetary decisions.  He fought against raising property taxes and helped to root out waste and inefficiency in government services.

Spain has always enjoyed spearheading initiatives to bring jobs and economic growth to our region.  He was proud to serve as the driving force in Peoria’s Warehouse District, which has become a mixed-use district that is bringing both businesses and residents back to the core of the City.  In his professional life, as a healthcare manager, he has seen firsthand how government decisions are affecting the private sector and how lessons learned by the private sector can be applied to challenges in government.

Spain’s service to his community has not gone without recognition as he was honored as an inductee into 40 Leaders Under Forty by InterBusiness Issues Magazine in 2007 and was nominated as an Edgar Fellow in 2014. Spain also served as the Co-Chair of the 2013 All-America City effort by Peoria and Chairman of the Peoria City/County Shared Services Committee, is a Co-Founder and Board member of Peoria Downtown Development Corporation and currently serves as Chairman of the Peoria City/County Shared Services Committee and on the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Peoria’s Advisory Board.

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