A lifelong Peorian, Ryan Spain attended District 150 schools and is a Richwoods High School alumnus. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a double degree in political science and communications. Spain also holds an MBA from Bradley University.
In April 2007 Spain was elected to the City Council as the youngest at-large member in Peoria history. He is currently employed as the Vice President of Development at the Heartland Partnership. Spain and his wife Ashley live in the Peoria neighborhood of Lynnhurst.
During his free time, Spain plays the drums and has performed at jazz festivals in Europe.