lifelong resident of Broward County, Tim Ryan was elected to the Broward County
Commission, representing District 7, in November 2012. He was elected to a second term in 2016
without opposition. Tim was elected
Mayor of Broward County by his fellow County Commissioners in November 2014,
after serving as Vice Mayor the previous year. District 7 includes the cities of Dania Beach, Lazy Lake and Wilton Manors, parts of Davie, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, and the Broadview Park neighborhood in unincorporated Broward County. (Click HERE to see if Tim Ryan is your County Commissioner.)
Before his election to the Broward County Commission, Tim served for
eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, from 1998 – 2006, before
leaving office due to term limits.
During his time in the legislature, Tim focused on legislative
initiatives to protect consumers, improve public education, enhance
accountability and ethical standards for elected officials, and protect our
state’s environment and natural resources.
Born in Broward General Hospital in 1956, Tim was the third of seven
children born to Johanna Betty (Rasch) and A.J. Ryan, Jr. Tim follows in a long family tradition of
public service to the people of Broward County.
His father, A.J. Ryan, Jr., served in the Florida House of
Representatives and the Florida Senate from 1956 – 1967. Grandfather, A.J. Ryan, Sr., served on both
the Dania Beach City Commission and Hollywood City Commission in the 1920s and
on the Port Everglades Commission in the 1930s. Tim’s grandmother, Genevieve
Ryan, was the first woman to be realtor of the year in the state of Florida in
1958 and was elected national president of the American Legion Women’s
Auxiliary in 1965.
A 1974 graduate of Chaminade High School (now Chaminade-Madonna), Tim
attended the University of Florida earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics
with high honors (1978), as well as a law degree (1981). In 1981, he joined the
family law firm of Ryan & Ryan, which was founded by his father in
1955. Today, he is the firm’s Managing
Partner, and knows first-hand both the rewards and challenges faced by owners
of small businesses
Tim has been active in a number of community service organizations,
including the Dania Beach Improvement Committee, the Fort Lauderdale Jaycees,
the Broward County Guardian Ad Litem program, the Hollywood Rotary Club and the
Ft. Lauderdale Emerald Society. He has served as Special Counsel for the City
of Dania Beach for the past 28 years, and received honors including the Florida
Teaching Profession “Friend of Education” award and the Florida Bar President’s
Pro Bono award for his volunteer services.
Tim Ryan and his wife, Debbie (Miller), have been married for 30
years, and live in Dania Beach. They
have four children – Johanna, 27, Brendan, 23, Colman, 18, and Catriona, 16.