State Rep. Ryan Lynch, D-Butte, credits his parents for molding him into the person he is today.
"I was fortunate to be born and raised in Butte. My dad was in public service and my mom was an educator, so they instilled that sense of values in myself and my sisters,’’ he said.
His parents, Jack and Paula Lynch, are both retired. His sisters are Erin, a chemical dependency and mental health professional, and Maura, a teacher, both in Seattle.
"Butte is a giving community. Young people are provided a lot of opportunities, and if you can give something back, you should,’’ he said.
Lynch, 36, returned to Butte 11 years ago after graduating from college and stint abroad, where he worked at a bike shop in Vienna and also worked for Gonzaga's Student Life Program in Florence, Italy.
"It was a good time in life. I had no commitments, so, go explore."
Lynch was nominated by Evan Barrett of Butte. Barrett wrote:
Ryan was born in Butte in 1982. He attended Butte schools, graduating in 2000 from Butte Central. Ryan graduated from Gonzaga University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and International Business.
Ryan is the Director of Development and Administration for Community, Counseling & Correctional Services, Inc. (CCCS). CCCS is a not-for-profit dedicated to working within the correctional system to provide opportunities for treatment and education in lieu of incarceration. Prior to working for CCCS, Ryan was a Student Life Program Coordinator for Gonzaga University in Florence, Italy. Ryan sits on the St. James Foundation Board as well as its Finance Committee.
Lynch is in his third term of the Montana House of Representatives, serving since January 2013, where he serves on the important Appropriations Committee, a position that allows him to make sure state money allocations are fair to Butte and Butte people.
In his second term Ryan served as the vice-chair of the Business and Labor Committee. In addition, he has served on Federal Relations, Energy and and Telecommunications Committee, Judiciary Committee, and the Agriculture, and Natural Resources Committee.
Over his first and second interims, Ryan served as the vice-chair and chair of the important Economic Affairs Interim Committee.
Ryan has been a strong advocate for education, job creation and retention, investments in infrastructure and ensuring that opportunities’ to recreate on Montana’s public lands are protected. He fights for our veterans and seniors. He has taken on the important air ambulance issue as well.
Ryan is a dedicated Montana outdoorsman and can often be found fishing one of Montana's rivers or lakes and enjoying the lifestyle that makes Montana so attractive.