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Senator Ryan T. McDougle first ran for office in 2002 and was elected to the House of Delegates. In 2006, he won the Special Election, capturing 80% of the vote, for the vacant 4th Senatorial District seat in the Commonwealth’s Senate, where he currently serves the citizens of Virginia. He represents all of Caroline, Essex, Lancaster, Middlesex, Richmond and Northumberland counties, and parts of Hanover, King George, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland counties. Ryan serves as a member of the Senate Rules Committee, Courts of Justice Committee, Transportation Committee, Agriculture, Conservation, & Natural Resources Committee, and Rehabilitation & Social Services Committee. Early in 2012, he was elected as chairman for the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus.
Ryan also serves on the Virginia Code Commission and the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules and as a member of the Supreme Court’s Committee on District Courts. He is also Chairman of the Board for the Opportunity Educational Institution, which was established by the General Assembly to oversee and help reform schools that have been denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education. As a member of the Virginia General Assembly, Ryan has been a strong proponent of improving public safety. He has made strong, proactive efforts to pass legislation protecting Virginia’s children from perpetrators of child pornography by establishing an Anti-Child Pornography Images Registry to use as a cross-reference for investigation and conviction of related offenses. The law also increased penalties for child pornography possession. Ryan also sponsored legislation requiring all persons charged with violent felonies to submit DNA samples to be checked against the state DNA database. Additionally, in 2006 he sponsored the law known as the Virginia Back to School Sales Tax holiday.
Ryan currently operates his own law practice, the McDougle Law Firm, P.C. Prior to being elected to office, he served as a prosecutor with the Hanover County’s Commonwealth’s Attorney Office where he specialized in prosecuting domestic violence and family abuse offenders. His professional work on behalf of children grew into a personal commitment that resulted in his becoming a founding member of the Hanover County Child Advocate Response Team. Ryan also served on the Hanover Domestic Violence Task Force.
A native of Hanover, Ryan has always been an active member of his community. He served beyond his local community in many ways including his missions outreach work in the Czech Republic through a local Baptist church. Ryan served as a Board Member of the Virginia FFA Foundation. He attends Fraternal Lodge No. 344 A.F. and A.M. and the Hanover Ruritan Club in Mechanicsville.
Ryan graduated from Lee-Davis High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University in Political Science and History. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at College of William and Mary.
Ryan and his wife Robyn live in the historic Cold Harbor area of Mechanicsville with their daughter, Reagan.