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John Ryder

General Counsel

John Ryder is our current Republican National Committeeman and is a nationally recognized expert on redistricting and election law.  He has represented Republican in redistricting cases since 1976 and has lectured on the topic nationally.  He teaches election law as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law.

John has served the Republican Party in a variety of ways.  He has been Chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party and has served on the State Executive Committee from 1986 to 1996 and from 2002 to 2014.

He has been a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1984, 2004, 2008 and 2012 and an Alternate in 1992.  He was a Presidential Elector in 1988 and 2004. 

He served on the Republican National Committee from 1996 to 2004 and from 2008 to the present.

While on the RNC, he has served as a Member of the Standing Committee on Rules during all of his years on the RNC.  He served on the Redistricting Task Force from 1996-2000 and as Co-Chairman for the Southern Region from 2000-2004.  He served as a member of the Temporary Delegate Selection Committee, which rewrote the provisions of the rules relating to the presidential primary schedule. 

In 2011 he chaired both the RNC’s Redistricting Committee and the Presidential Nominating Schedule Committees.

He was appointed by Chairman Reince Priebus as General Counsel of the RNC in 2013 and continues in that position.

John Ryder is a member of the Memphis law firm of Harris, Shelton, Hanover Walsh where his day to day practice is concentrated in bankruptcy and commercial litigation. He also serves as an assistant County Attorney, where he represents the Shelby County Election Commission.  He serves on the Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association.

He received his undergraduate education at Wabash College and his law degree from Vanderbilt University.




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