Member

Sessions

Sessions Office Position District Party
1963 Representative Republican
1964 Representative Republican
1965 Representative Republican
1966 Representative Republican
1967 Representative Republican
1968 Representative Republican
1969 Representative 168 Republican
1970 Representative 168 Republican
1971 Representative Minority Policy Committee Chairman 168 Republican
1972 Representative Minority Policy Committee Chairman 168 Republican
1973 Representative Majority Whip 168 Republican
1974 Representative Majority Whip 168 Republican
1975 Representative Minority Whip 168 Republican
1976 Representative Minority Whip 168 Republican
1977 Representative Minority Whip 168 Republican
1978 Representative Minority Whip 168 Republican
1979 Representative Majority Floor Leader 168 Republican
1980 Representative Majority Floor Leader 168 Republican
1981 Representative Speaker 168 Republican
1982 Representative Speaker 168 Republican
1983 Representative Minority Floor Leader 168 Republican
1984 Representative Minority Floor Leader 168 Republican
1985 Representative Minority Floor Leader 168 Republican
1986 Representative Minority Floor Leader 168 Republican
1987 Representative Minority Floor Leader 168 Republican
1988 Representative Minority Floor Leader 168 Republican
1989 Representative Minority Floor Leader 168 Republican
1990 Representative Minority Floor Leader 168 Republican
1991 Representative Minority Floor Leader 168 Republican
1992 Representative Minority Floor Leader 168 Republican
1993 Representative Minority Floor Leader 168 Republican
1994 Representative Minority Floor Leader 168 Republican
1995 Representative Speaker 168 Republican
1996 Representative Speaker 168 Republican
1997 Representative Speaker 168 Republican
1998 Representative Speaker 168 Republican
1999 Representative Speaker 168 Republican
2000 Representative Speaker 168 Republican
2001 Representative Speaker 168 Republican
2002 Representative Speaker 168 Republican
2003 Representative Speaker 168 Republican
Counties Chester, Delaware

Biography

04/27/1932 - 03/29/2003


Delaware County (1967-2002), Chester and Delaware Counties (2003)

RYAN, Matthew J., a Representative from Delaware and Chester Counties; born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., April 27, 1932; graduated, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School; B.S., Villanova University, 1954; LL.B., Villanova University Law School, 1959; first lieutenant, United States Marine Corps (1954-1956); first lieutenant, United States Marine Corps Reserve (1952-1960); attorney; elected as a Republican to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1962 and served 21 consecutive terms thereafter; elected, Majority Whip (1973-1974); elected, Minority Whip (1975-1978); elected, Majority Leader (1979-1980); elected, Minority Leader (1983-1994); elected, Speaker (1981-1982 and 1995-2003); appointed, Pennsylvania Commission on Interstate Cooperation (1967-1968); appointed, Joint State Government Commission (1975-1984, 1989-2002); at-large Republican Party Member (1977-1978); appointed, Pennsylvania Higher Educational Facilities Authority (1981-1990); appointed, State Public School Building Authority (1981-1990); ex-officio, Select Committee on Rules Review (1993); appointed, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1997-2002); Capitol Annex building dedicated, June 22, 1999, as the Speaker Matthew J. Ryan Office Building; died while in office, March 29, 2003 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interred, Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

 

Archival Collections

Roger Nick Collection on Matthew J. Ryan, 1987-2003, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives, Harrisburg.