|Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
from the 62nd district
2011 – Present
|Preceded by||Charlie Hoffman|
October 20, 1983 |
|Alma mater||University of Kentucky, Harvard|
|Committees||Agriculture & Small Business, Banking & Insurance, Education|
Ryan Francis Quarles (born October 20, 1983) from Scott County, Kentucky, is a Republican Kentucky State Representative for Kentucky House District 62 - Scott County, and current candidate for Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture in the 2015 election. From 2005-2008, he served two consecutive terms on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education as the Council's student member and various other leadership positions in Washington D.C. and Kentucky.
Early life and education
Quarles is a native of Georgetown, Kentucky, where he graduated valedictorian and class president from Scott County High School in 2002. While working on the Quarles family farm, he went on to complete a triple major undergraduate and two master's degrees from the nearby University of Kentucky in under 4 years. Quarles triple major was in Agriculture Economics, Public Service & Leadership, and Political Science and graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors in 2005. While enrolled in school, Quarles took as many as 27 credit hours per semester and was on the Dean's List in each term. Throughout his academic career, Quarles has received numerous national academic awards including the Truman Scholarship, Zuckerman Fellowship, as well as scholarships from the Future Farmers of America and Toyota Corporation. Quarles went on to earn four graduate degrees. As one of 25 Zuckerman Fellows nationally, Quarles was awarded a full-ride scholarship to Harvard University where he completed a Master of Education in 2009. Quarles also holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Patterson School of Diplomacy, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Quarles has participated in study abroad and exchange programs to China, Ecuador, France, Ghana, Iceland, Israel, and Japan.
In Kentucky, Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher appointed Quarles to two consecutive terms as a Council Member on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Ryan was also appointed an ambassador for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Other experience includes working on the campaign of Governor Fletcher and as an intern for Republican Senator Damon Thayer in the Kentucky Senate. As an undergraduate student, Ryan was Chairman of the College Republicans at the University of Kentucky and that organization's State Political Director in 2004.
In Washington, D.C., Quarles served as the Agricultural and Interior Intern for Senator Mitch McConnell. Quarles also served as an International Trade Analyst for the United States Foreign Agricultural Service.
In October 2009, Quarles announced that he would run for the Kentucky House of Representatives for the 62nd House District. At the time the District was represented by State Representative Charlie Hoffman (D-Scott).
In May 2010, Quarles won a contested Republican primary election with 60% of the vote to be the Republican candidate from the 62nd Representative District in the Kentucky House of Representatives race.
On October 2, 2010, Quarles was arrested in Lexington, Kentucky for reckless driving. "A police report said Ryan Quarles, 26, was arrested near North Mill and West Short streets in Lexington about 3:10 a.m. Saturday. Quarles was driving a black Jeep Cherokee through a parking lot, weaving through cars, the uniform citation said. The report said Quarles showed signs of intoxication and had a blood alcohol level of 0.067 when given a breath test. His blood alcohol level was below the legal limit of 0.08." Quarles pled guilty and paid a fine after the charge was lowered to careless driving.
In Nov 2010, Quarles received 8,508 votes (51%) to Charlie Hoffman's 8,287 (49%). In 2011, Quarles was appointed to the Kentucky House of Representatives committees on Agriculture & Small Business, Banking & Insurance, and Education.
Ryan Quarles ran for a second term to the Kentucky State House of Representatives in the 2012 election. In this race, Quarles faced a familiar opponent - former State Representative Charlie Hoffman whom he had defeated two years earlier - who filed to get his old seat back in a rematch as the Democrat nominee. Quarles easily defeated Hoffman in this contest, winning 54% to 46%.
Ryan Quarles ran for his third term of office in the Kentucky State House of Representatives in the 2014 election. In this election, Quarles was running in a district redrawn by the Democrat-controlled House of Representative and drawn to be more Democratic, drawing in significant territory which had previously not been part of the district. He was made a top target of the Democrats for defeat of a Republican incumbent and his opponent, Charles Tackett, was a Scott County Magistrate who ran at the request of Democrat Governor Steve Beshear. The redrawn district and effort by the Democrats did not pan out as Quarles won by his largest margin of victory, 59% to 41%, over his opponent.
Ryan Quarles announced he would be a candidate for Kentucky Commission of Agriculture, a statewide race, in the 2015 election. He must first win the Republican nomination against fellow State Representative Richard Heath. Quarles has been endorsed by the incumbent Commissioner of Agriculture, James Comer.
- Student Named Truman Scholar
- Quarles Named Zuckerman Fellow
- Kentucky Council of Post-Secondary Education Council Member Bios
- Kentucky State Board of Elections, 2010 Primary Elections Results