Ryan Wilcox was born in Ogden, Utah at the old Mckay-Dee Hospital. As a lifelong resident of Weber County, he grew up working on the family farm in West Weber. In his youth, he was actively engaged in the Boy Scouts of America, earning the Eagle Scout Award and working as a counselor at Camp Loll in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. From 1996-1998, he served a Spanish-speaking mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in southern California.
In 1999, he married Kristina Beckstrom of Bountiful, Utah in the Bountiful LDS Temple. They are the proud parents of four children: Son Ryder, and three daughters, Reagan, Julia, and Ella. (not pictured)
He graduated from Weber High School, and subsequently, Weber State University with a degree in Commercial Spanish and Political Science. He has worked in agriculture, construction, real estate management and retail sales. For the past decade, he has worked for Sprint Nextel Corporation managing retail stores. Under his leadership, stores have won several awards for sales performance and operational excellence.
Ryan is an avid sportsman and a Lifetime Member of the NRA. Ryan has served for the past four years as the State Representative for District 7, which encompasses most of Northern Weber County. He has also served as a State and County Delegate and worked as a Legislative Assistant in the Utah House of Representatives prior to running for office in 2008.
For the past two years, Ryan has served in legislative leadership as the Vice Chair of both the House Rules Committee, and the Economic Development, Business & Labor Appropriations Committee. In that role, he has been able to lead many of the recent reforms in the state's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, reducing risk to the taxpayer, and rooting out corruption in the department. Ryan's other assignments include service in Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment, and Public Utilities and Technology.
Among others, Ryan has been the recipient of the following legislative awards:
- "Guardian of Small Business" - National Federation of Independent Businesses
- "Friend of the Taxpayer" - Utah Taxpayers Association"
- "Hero on the Hill" - Utah Coalition for People with Disabilities
- "Freedom's Edge" - 2011 National Legislator of the Year - Knife Rights, USA
- "Utah Top 30" Business Friendly Leglislators - Utah Business Coalition
- "A+ Rating" - National Rifle Association