Ryan Meehan was born in Waterbury, Connecticut and grew up in Bethlehem, Connecticut. He is the son of Phyllis Bristol and Thomas Meehan and has one brother, Jason.
Ryan graduated from Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Connecticut, where he was Captain of the wrestling team and Class “S” State Champion.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Arts in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute with a focus on Latin America.
WEST POINT GRADUATE
After high school, Ryan worked full-time to put himself through school at The University of Connecticut, where he was President of the Waterbury Branch Student Government. After the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, Ryan answered the call to service and applied for and received a nomination to the United States Military Academy at West Point. While there, Ryan was a member of the NCAA Division I wrestling team and participated in military exchanges with both the British Military Academy at Sandhurst and the Brazilian Military Academy in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Ryan is a graduate of Army Ranger and Airborne School. Between 2007 and 2012, he served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, where he commanded units in one of the most highly decorated infantry battalions in the US Army ranging in size from a 41-man Infantry Platoon to a 350-person remote combat outpost. Most of his deployment time was spent in the heavily contested Kunar Province, and he was awarded a Bronze Star for his service. Ryan left the military in 2012 after achieving the rank of Captain.
Ryan completed graduate school in 2014 and subsequently held a variety of finance and senior management roles in the Energy Industry. He started as an Oil & Gas Derivatives Trader at J.P. Morgan Chase, working out of the New York and Houston offices, where he observed first-hand the market dynamics of international trade and implications of macroeconomic policy. He later became the Director of Operations at Unison Energy, a sustainable energy venture focused on distributed power generation, where he put his operational-leadership and finance experience to use growing a small business into a middle-market energy firm.
COMING HOME TO SERVE
Ryan is running for Congress to represent his home District, Connecticut’s 5th, and plans to leverage his background and experience in both the public and private sectors to work across the aisle to achieve common-sense reform and steadfast progress for his constituents and the country at large.
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