Iowa House District 25
Ryan is a farmer, father, and life-long Iowan. His father grew up in northern Madison County on the family farm, and his mother grew up in Albia, the daughter of an auto parts store owner and a high school school teacher. Marquardt's parents met at Iowa State University, and were married in Van Meter in 1980. They had planned to return to the family farm in Madison County, but that was the height of the farm crisis. One phone call in 1980 from my Grandma to my Dad where she told him, "The farm isn't making any money, you better find a job in town," changed their plans. So, he grew up in Ames, Iowa.
Ryan wouldn't change growing up in Ames for a minute. Some things happen for a reason, and for him that reason is his wife, Janice. She was Ryan's high school sweetheart, and is now the mother of their two children. They have been together since 1998 and married since 2006.
After completing high school, Ryan went on to DMACC and got his Associate's Degree before transferring to Iowa State. At Iowa State, Ryan studied Community and Regional Planning with a focus on Economic Development before going on to get a Certificate in Public Management and a Masters Degree in Sustainable Agriculture. While he was at Iowa State, Ryan worked for the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation doing conservation easement monitoring and competitive grant writing. Ryan also lectured on conservation issues and grazing systems. He worked with farmers in the Loess Hills who were trying to use goats to control woody vegiatation, and researched wildlife and grazing systems near Corning, Iowa.
After the birth of their second child, Ryan and Janice purchased a family farm in Madison county where they reside with their family now. Over the years, Ryan has worn a lot of different hats from non-proft board chair, township trustee, church council president, to most recently board president of a 1200 member household cooperative. Ryan is committed to Iowa and committed to seeing this through and to push for a more responsive state government.