Ryan Costello was elected to Congress from Pennsylvania's 6th District in November 2014, with the goal of ending the partisan gridlock in Washington, finding sensible bi-partisan solutions to the challenges facing our nation, and getting our country back on track so that we can create a brighter future for local residents and future generations.
Raised by two Pennsylvania public school teachers, Ryan understands the importance of a strong educational system in preparing our children to be the leaders of tomorrow. His parents also instilled in him a strong sense of community involvement and a commitment to public service. Ryan took those lessons to heart and served as a member of the East Vincent Township Board of Supervisors, where he was elected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman. Later he served in the position of Recorder of Deeds in Chester County.
His leadership and commitment to good government earned him the support of voters, who elected Ryan to serve as a member of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, the three-member governing body of the County. He quickly earned the respect of his colleagues on the bi-partisan board who nominated him to serve as Chairman.
In his role as County Commissioner, Ryan balanced annual budgets exceeding $500 million, cut government spending, reduced the size of county government, and still made significant investments to preserve farmland and open space. Ryan also helped secure a much-needed upgrade to the county’s 911 system, improvements that first responders said were necessary to improve emergency response times and save lives. Under his leadership, Chester County maintained one of the lowest tax rates in southeastern Pennsylvania. It also earned the highest possible bond rating from independent agencies for its smart fiscal management of taxpayer dollars.
Prior to his election to Congress, Ryan volunteered his time and expertise with important organizations throughout southeast Pennsylvania, including the Chester County Open Space Advisory Council, the Pottstown Police Athletic League, the Schuylkill River Heritage Center, and the Phoenixville Main Street Community Development Corporation.
A lifelong Chester County resident, Ryan graduated from Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Ursinus College and the Villanova School of Law. Ryan, his wife Christine, and their son Ryan Jr. live in West Chester.
"America deserves so much better than what we are getting out of Washington. Like you, I’ve had enough of the name-calling and partisan bickering. I believe in civility, working across the aisle to get things done, and always fighting to protect taxpayers. I always pledge to be an independent voice for you. Together we can build a brighter future for our kids and grandkids.”