Long-time Memphis attorney and GOP leader John Ryder has assumed his role in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board of directors. His term expires in May 2021.
Ryder was nominated by President Trump in January and confirmed by the U.S. Senate a month later. His most recent job was serving as general counsel for the Republican Committee National Committee while also working as a bankruptcy and election law attorney for Harris Shelton law firm in Memphis.
On the TVA board, Ryder joins current Chair Richard Howorth of Oxford, Mississippi; Chair-Elect James “Skip” Thompson of Decatur, Alabama, and; Directors Kenneth Allen of White Plains, Kentucky; A.D. Frazier, of Mineral Bluff, Georgia; Virginia Lodge of Nashville, Tenn.; Jeff W. Smith of Knoxville, Tenn.; and Ronald Walter of Memphis, Tenn., at the board’s next meeting on May 9, in Franklin, Tenn. William Kilbride of Chattanooga has been nominated to fill the final board position and is awaiting confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Ryder completed his undergraduate education at Wabash College and his Juris Doctor degree at Vanderbilt University, where he has served as an adjunct professor.
The TVA provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states.