Ryan Silvey was a legislative aid to US SenatorKit Bond. He represented the 38th district in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2005 to 2013. He was elected in a special election in 2005 and then reelected in 2006, 2008, and 2010. In 2011, he was made the chairman of the powerful budget committee. In 2011, Silvey decided to run for the 17th district in the Missouri Senate. It is an open seat because LuAnn Ridgeway is unable to run for re-election due to term limits. Silvey received endorsments from LuAnn Ridgeway, Rob Schaaf, five other current and former Republican representatives, and two Clay County officials. He won the election with 52.8% over Democrat Sandra Reeves.