Photo of Ryan McMullen Oklahoma State DirectorWelcome from State Director Ryan McMullen

Ryan McMullen was appointed by President Obama to serve as State Director of USDA Rural Development, managing three federal agencies tasked with strengthening Rural Oklahoma. This appointment made McMullen the nation's youngest Presidential appointee to such a post within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Prior to this appointment, McMullen served Southwest Oklahoma for five years in the Legislature. During this time he was elected by colleagues to serve in one of five elected leadership positions in the House of Representatives, making him the youngest legislator in Oklahoma history elected to House leadership.

McMullen hails from the small community of Burns Flat, Okla., where he was the fourth generation raised on the family farm. Ryan credits his beginnings in leadership to the experiences he gained through the 4-H and FFA organizations, especially his service as State President of the Oklahoma 4-H Program and its 147,000 members.

Ryan proceeded to Oklahoma State University where he graduated as a Top Ten Senior Man with a degree in agricultural economics. He then began a career in agriculture and economic development. Prior to his service in the legislature, Ryan served as the Director of the El Reno Chamber of Commerce and Development Corporation.