|Born||February 28, 1973
Santa Barbara, California
|Alma mater||University of Kansas|
|Occupation||President, American Majority|
|Known for||Founder of American Majority|
|Spouse(s)||Becca Parker Ryun|
Ned Ryun (born February 28, 1973) is the founder and president of American Majority, an organization that identifies and trains candidates and activists who will become involved in local government, school district governance, or state legislatures. He is the publisher of NedRyun.com, a website on which he publishes the podcast series History of the Constitutional Convention, a collection of podcasts providing a behind the scenes look at the Philadelphia Convention; and Days of Revolution, a history of the American colonies from the French and Indian War until the American Revolution. Ryun has authored two books with his brother Drew Ryun. Ryun and his wife, Becca Parker Ryun, currently live in Purcellville, Virginia with their four children.
Education and Background
Ryun graduated co-valedictorian from Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas from 1996 to 2000. Ryun graduated with honors in English and History. While there, Ryun also ran on the Cross Country and Track and Field teams.
Ryun, the son of former U.S. Congressman Jim Ryun, was a former presidential writer for George W. Bush and the co-founder and former director of the Generation Joshua program. Ryun currently sits on the board of the Madison Project.
Ryun has been featured on Fox News, CNN, Politico and The Washington Post, among other notable media outlets. He is an occasional front page contributor to RedState.com, the "most widely read right of center blog on Capitol Hill." Ryun is also a regular contributor to the American Spectator website.
In 2008, Ned Ryun founded American Majority, Inc., an organization devoted to identifying and training grassroots candidates for state and local elections. He currently serves as the group's president. American Majority is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization.
Ryun and American Majority gained notoriety during the 2011 Wisconsin protests over the state's 2011 budget. While predominantly liberal protestors and members of Wisconsin labor unions filled the Wisconsin State Capitol demanding that the Act 10 legislation be defeated, Ryun and other organizations affiliated with the Tea Party organized a February 19 counter-rally to support Wisconsin governor Scott Walker outside of the state capitol building. Speaking alongside Ryun were Andrew Breitbart, Herman Cain, novelist Brad Thor, and others. Ryun, after speaking to an audience of an estimated ten thousand, appeared on "Fox and Friends" on the FoxNews channel.[not in citation given]
- Ned, Ryun. "Ned Ryun, President at American Majority". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
- Raunikar, Don (2004). Un romance de por vida. Centros de Literatura Crist. p. 13. ISBN 978-958-8217-07-9. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- Standaert, Michael. Skipping Towards Armageddon. p. 148. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- Madison Project
- "ROLE OF FAITH Ryun to speak at assembly". York Daily Record. July 2, 2005. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- Ryun, Ned (2006). The Courage to Run. Gospel Light Publications. ISBN 0-8307-3908-4.
- ' 'American Majority Newsroom' '
- RedState.com "About" page
- The American Spectator
- Ned Ryun on "Fox and Friends"