Illinois State Rep Ryan Spain Headshot

Ryan Spain has served as State Representative of the 73rd District since January 2017.

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 and Bronze Tablet Honors.  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, a seat he held until Fall of 2016.   He is currently employed at OSF Healthcare System as the Vice President of Economic Development.  Spain and his wife Ashley have two school-aged daughters.

Since serving in the Illinois House, Spain sponsored landmark legislation allowing volunteer work at Illinois State Parks and Trails as well as working closely on issues related to mental health, hospital and healthcare transformation.  On a more local level, Spain has always enjoyed spearheading initiatives to bring jobs and economic growth to our region.   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.  We all agree our State needs to take a new direction and Ryan Spain welcomes the opportunity to build a better Illinois.

Spain’s service to his community has not gone without recognition as he was honored as an inductee into 40 Leader Under Forty by InterBusiness Issues Magazine in 2007 and he was nominated and served as an Edgar Fellow in 2014.

Representative Spain has received high marks for his voting record from the Illinois Farm Bureau, Tooling & Manufacturing Association, and Illinois Health Care Association. He has been named a Friend of Agriculture by the Illinois Farm Bureau every time he has been eligible and was awarded the 2018 Leadership Award for Improving Telehealth Policy from the Illinois Telehealth Initiative.