State Representative Kevin Ryan serves the towns of Bozrah, Montville and Norwich in the 139th House District. He is a Deputy Speaker and a ten term General Assembly veteran. Kevin also served eight years as the House Chairman of the Labor and Public Employees Committee. He also served as co-chair of the School Building Subcommittee.
One of Representative Ryan's top priorities is health care, especially health care for children. He has been a member of the Public Health Committee since 1993. He was a member of the Pilot Studies Committee which dealt with Children on Medicaid under the Age of 21 and Emergency Medical Services for Children. He was also involved with the Certificate of Need for Health Care Facilities. His concern for the well being of children continued with a study on the Constitutional Amendment on the Rights of Children. He also serves on the Children in the Recession Task Force.
Representative Ryan has also worked on a number of other committees throughout his career at the Connecticut General Assembly. He has been a member of the Appropriation Committee since 1993 and has served on many subcommittees; Co-Chairing the Health and Hospitals subcommittee, Regulation and Protection subcommittee, and Transportation subcommittee. Currently Rep. Ryan continues to work on the Public Health and Appropriation Committees, where he is a member of the Health and Hospitals, Regulation and Protection, Conservation and Development, and Collective Bargaining subcommittees. Rep. Ryan is also a member of the Environment Committee.
Representative Ryan is committed to working on behalf of his residents in the 139th District. He was instrumental in preserving the historic beauty of Bozrah by preventing a quarry from locating in the downtown. He also helped to prevent an ash landfill from locating in Franklin.
Kevin is a resident of the Oakdale section of Montville and served on the Montville Board of Education, six years as its Chairman and one year as its Secretary before being elected to the House of Representatives. He also served on the Montville Public Safety Committee, which works with the correctional centers located in the town. He is currently a member of the Rotary, Elks, and Knights of Columbus. He served on He is a past Chair of the Montville Democratic Town Committee and he currently serves as a Justice of the Peace. Kevin has also served as President of the Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southeastern Connecticut and again serves in that position. Currently he also serves on the Alliance for Living Board of Directors. He was a member of the Eastern Connecticut Cable TV Advisory Board.
Rep. Ryan attended Montville schools until he entered St. John's Junior High School. After graduating from St. Bernard Boys High School, he entered Villanova University where he received a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Biology. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry with a Doctorate in Optometry with a certificate in Public Health and a Bachelor of Science degree, where he served as a member of their Board of Trustees. Kevin also received a Master of Arts in Community Psychology from the University of New Haven.
Kevin worked part-time at the Connecticut Visual Health Center in Bridgeport during which time he also worked for Uncas Foods, Inc (a family business). He has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of New Haven teaching Physics since 1980. He also worked for a number of years for Mobile Medical Testing Service which later became Exemplar Health Services until 2003.
Rep. Ryan has received the following recognitions from various organizations.
|Alliance for Living||Appreciation||2/28/2003|
|American Diabetes Association||Recognition for outreach efforts that have touched the lives of people in communities across CT|
|American Heart Association||Appreciation for an outstanding effort to create a healthier environment for all residents of CT by helping enact Public Act 03-45||2003|
|American Lung Association||Breath of Life Award for the statewide smoking ban||2002, 2003|
|Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut||Appreciation for saving Naval Sub Base in New London||10/20/2005|
|Chamber of Commerce of South Eastern Connecticut||Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation|
|Communities Workers of Connecticut||Appreciation||11/16/2001|
|Community Advisory Board of South Eastern Connecticut Mental Health Authority||Certificate of Recognition||1996, 2001|
|Connecticut Association of Optometrists||For outstanding leadership in promoting Access to Quality Eye Care for Patients in CT||2000, 2001, 2008|
|Connecticut Catchment Area Council and Regional Mental Health Board||Thanks||5/30/1996|
|Connecticut Council of Police Unions, AFSCME Council 5||Appreciation for continues support of public safety labor issues||6/15/2006|
|Connecticut Farm Bureau||Legislator of the Year||1999|
|Connecticut Fire Fighters Association||Appreciation||9/20/2008|
|Connecticut Office of the Treasurer||Public Leadership Citation||10/24/2008|
|Connecticut Psychological Association, Inc||Distinguished Legislator Award||1995|
|Connecticut Secretary of State||Public Service Award||5/5/2003|
|Connecticut State Apprenticeship Council||William Fitzgerald Apprenticeship Award|
|Covenant Shelter of New London, Inc||Appreciation||10/28/2008|
|Eastern Regional Mental Health Board||Appreciation||6/12/1996|
|Henry Toll Fellowship Program||Toll Fellow||10/2/2008|
|Natchaug Hospital||Distinguished Service Award||2002|
|New London County 4-H Foundation, Inc||The Golden Clover Award||12/8/2007|
|New London County 4-H Foundation, Inc||The Clover and Pearl Award||12/2/2006|
|New London Medical Association||Outstanding effort on behalf of patients in 1997 session||9/9/1997|
|Norwich Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People||Community Service Award||10/24/2008|
|Norwich Regional Vocational Technical School||Appreciation In Acknowledgement of your contributions and services||4/12/1995|
|Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc.||Appreciation||10/20/1995|
|The ACCESS Agency, Inc||Recognition for contributions||6/27/1996|
|The Connecticut Community Providers Association||Champion for Community Providers||2004|
|The Connecticut Psychological Association Inc||Distinguished State Legislator Award||1994|
|The Eastern Regional Mental Health Board||One Man, One Vote Award||6/15/2010|
|Three Rivers Community Technical College||Appreciation||1/11/1998|
|UConn Advocates||Appreciation for commitment to the future of CT, 21st Century UConn||11/2002|
|Undergraduate Student Government-USG-Uconn||Official Commendation for passage of 21st Century UConn||1/28/2003|
|Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut||Legislative Award in Grateful Recognition of your work on behalf of professional fire fighter of CT||2003,2005,2009|
|Working Lands Alliance||Appreciation for Public Act 228-05||2004,2005|
|Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities||Appreciation||8/14/1999|
William Fitzgerald Award
Senator Chris J. Dodd Award
Updated April 4, 2012