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Heather A. Ryan

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Heather Ryan
Democratic nominee for
U.S. Representative from Kentucky, 1st District
Election date
November 4, 2008
Opponent(s)Ed Whitfield (R)
IncumbentEd Whitfield
Personal details
Born (1972-04-02) April 2, 1972 (age 49)
Des Moines, Iowa
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Carl McNew
ResidenceDes Moines, Iowa
Alma materDrake University
Occupationpolitical activist

Heather Ann Ryan is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative in Iowa[1]. She was previously the Democratic nominee for U.S. Representative from Kentucky's 1st congressional district in 2008, unsuccessfully running against Republican incumbent Ed Whitfield.[2]

Ryan was born and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a United States Navy veteran, enlisting towards the end of Operation Desert Storm, she struck for yeoman, holding the rank of Petty Officer Third Class. She later finished her B.A. at Drake University, majoring in political science. A self-described Democratic activist, she was involved in non-profit administration for five years in Washington, D.C., was campaign manager for Eric Streit for U.S. Congress, and then in 2007 became Executive Director of the Paducah Film Society. She and her husband, currently a law student, have two children and live in Des Moines, Iowa.

In January, 2008, she protested a visit by Mitch McConnell to the non-profit theater where she was working. Three days later, the theater's board of directors told her to stay quiet about politics while running the theater; she was subsequently fired as the Executive Director[3].

In June, 2017, Ryan announced her candidacy[4] for the Democratic nomination for Iowa's 3rd Congressional district.

See also[edit]

  • United States House of Representatives elections in Kentucky, 2008


  1. "Congressional Candidate Announces Run in Unusual Way". whotv.com. 2017-06-07. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  2. "Election Results 2008". The New York Times. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  3. "Director fired after McConnell encounter". www.tmcnet.com. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  4. "This Iowa candidate has a campaign announcement unlike any you have seen". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2017-10-10.

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