A SON OF RURAL SOUTH TEXAS
One of the youngest ever elected to the Texas Legislature at age 24, Ryan Guillen is the product of a family of public school teachers, war veterans, and cattle ranchers. A sixth generation South Texan, he grew up working at the family's feed store and as a ranch hand on the family farm, later receiving a degree in Agriculture, and then serving as a local high school Ag teacher before pursuing public office.
Having been named “Legislator of the Year,” “Best of the House,” or “Champion” over a dozen times by numerous state-wide organizations, no other member has passed more legislation out of the House in a single session in history. Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and “a one-person assembly line for legislation.”
Recently appointed Chair of the House Resolutions Calendars Committee and Vice Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Guillen has a long history of leadership roles in the Texas Legislature, including having served in leadership positions in all three administrations that he has served under, and having been Vice-Chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee by age 29.
Guillen has been a staunch advocate for creating jobs, cutting taxes and red tape, for reducing over testing and making college more affordable, for fighting to provide healthcare to the uninsured, for working to keep our families and communities safe, for maintaining Texas' position as an energy leader, for improving our roads and infrastructure, for promoting the arts and eco and cultural tourism, for protecting property rights and our rural way-of-life, for boosting our state's role in supporting veteran families, and for fostering greater efficiency and transparency in government.
Known for his hard work and relentless efforts for South Texas families, Guillen hosts a seasonal Dairy Queen Listening Tour in every county in the district, a Weekly Coffee during legislative sessions, and a Virtual Community Summit to be available and accessible to constituents, and to keep them informed. He also hosts a Student Legislative Session, and a Legislative Internship Program to educate and inspire our youth and young adults.
He and his wife Dalinda live in Rio Grande City and have two daughters, ten year-old Cinco Demi, seven year-old Viva Bonita.