“There is only one form of political strategy in which I have any confidence, and that is to try to do the right thing and sometimes be able to succeed.”
The experiment known as the United States of America spawned the greatest form of government known to humanity. The freedom, liberty, and prosperity of our great nation is unapparelled in history. Yet those hard-fought freedoms, liberty, and prosperity stem from a system of government that is premised on the rule of law—as opposed to the rule of man—as most clearly expressed in the Constitution of the United States. That same Constitution outlines a system of limited government, a system of checks-and-balances, and a system of balanced sovereignties between the federal and state governments. I believe that this same system of government should be both preserved and pursued. There are certainly proper roles for government, but those roles are limited. Ultimately, limited government was the theme by which Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence and James Madison the Constitution.
Ryan was born and raised in Aztec, New Mexico and is a third-generation “Aztecian.” After graduating from Aztec High School, Ryan played collegiate baseball while obtaining a degree in mathematics at a private Christian college in the midwest. In 2007, Ryan graduated Cum Laude from Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Virginia, where Ryan also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Liberty University Law Review. After graduating law school, Ryan spent the next three years as a law clerk to the Hon. John C. Gemmill of the Arizona Court of Appeals as well as to the Hon. James A. Teilborg of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
Knowing that he is truly a “small town kid at heart,” Ryan chose to return to Aztec in 2010 in order to enter private practice. Ryan is a solo practitioner at his own law firm, T. Ryan Lane, P.C. in Aztec, New Mexico.
Ryan is happily married to his wife Nicole of 18 years and has two wonderful sons. Being a father is life’s greatest privilege and also life’s greatest challenge.
Ryan is an avid trail runner, having completed multiple ultra-marathons, including a 100-mile race known as the Run Rabbit Run in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. When he is not out on the trail, Ryan can often be found pursuing trout with a fly rod in hand.
Ryan has been actively involved in his community since returning to Aztec in 2010. Ryan is an active member of Calvary Chapel of Farmington. Moreover, from 2013 through 2019, Ryan served on the Aztec Municipal School Board. Ryan previously served as a member of the board for the Matthew Bardwell Memorial Scholarship Fund and the board for the Aztec Museum. Ryan currently serves on the board for the Aztec Wrestling Program, which helped build a new wrestling facility for the Aztec community. Ryan also currently serves as an assistant coach for the Aztec High School baseball team, specializing in working with infielders.
Besides being an active member of his local community, Ryan is also a small business owner. Ryan has operated his own law firm since 2013. Additionally, Ryan and his wife Nicole own and operate a local ice cream shop known as the Vanilla Moose.
Sanctity of Life:
Life begins at conception and that life should be protected with the full force of law. We must respect life from conception to natural death. If there is no legal protection for life, then all other rights crumble.
It seems absurd to say that you stand for a provision in the Constitution that is so clearly articulated, but unfortunately, our First Amendment freedoms are coming more and more under attack. Whether through political correctness, thought police, or so-called hate speech, it has never been more dangerous in America to speak truth and to speak it boldly. If we are to continue the pursuit of Liberty as outlined in the Constitution, then the First Amendment must not be relegated or reduced.
As New Mexicans we understand that without properly educating our children, the future prosperity of our state is in jeopardy. As such, funding for education should go to those who need it most: teachers and students in the classroom, and the infrastructure that supports instruction. New Mexicans should also be allowed to pursue alternate means of educating our children, including charter schools, online learning, and home schooling.
The oil and gas industry in New Mexico continues to provide jobs and income to our great state. We should continue to utilize this vibrant sector of our economy and not allow the federal government or state regulations to destroy this industry. New Mexico should certainly continue to develop other means of energy as the free market allows, but not at the expense of the oil and gas industry.
Whether for self-defense or recreation, the right for each individual to keep and bear arms is an inalienable and undeniable right. A well-armed citizenry is a good check and balance against an overzealous government. The Second Amendment is the catalyst for a society of freedom and liberty.
I am a supporter and believer in lawful immigration. If you have ever attended a naturalization ceremony then you know how beautiful these ceremonies are. Illegal immigration is a different story. I believe it is the right and responsibility of New Mexico to secure its own borders if the federal government does not hold up its end of the responsibility. Sanctuary cities should not be allowed to sit idly by and ignore the rule of law. There is a detrimental economic impact that illegal immigration brings, and if New Mexico is to get its fiscal house in order, stopping the flow of illegal immigration has to be a part of that solution.
103 S. Main Ave.
Aztec, New Mexico 87410