Ryan Quarles, KY 05
Kentucky State Representative
"Becoming a Truman Scholar propelled me on the trajectory to a political career straight out of college. Spending a summer in Washington, DC, living with fellow Truman Scholars, I was exposed to a diversity of thought and to a support network that I still rely on today as I tackle issues in the Kentucky House of Representatives. The Truman Scholarship not only helped inspire me to pursue public office, but it also introduced me to others out there who share the passion of leadership, regardless of political ideology." - Ryan Quarles, Kentucky State Representative
Ryan Quarles is a 2005 Truman Scholar from Kentucky who was elected to the Kentucky State House in November 2010. Quarles is a native of Georgetown, Kentucky, where he graduated as valedictorian and class president from Scott County High School. He completed a triple major and two master's degrees from the University of Kentucky, while also still working on the Quarles family farm. In 2009, Quarles attended Harvard University and earned a Masters in Education.
Before joining the legislature, Quarles was appointed by Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher to two terms as a Council Member on the Kentucky Council of Postsecondary Education. While in college, he was Chairman of the College Republicans at the University of Kentucky, and the organization's State Political Director in 2004.
In the Kentucky State House, Quarles serves on the Committees on Agriculture and Small Business, Banking and Insurance, and Education.