Ryan M. Bernstein

Sr. VP, Federal Public Affairs
McGuireWoods Consulting LLC

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  • University of North Dakota, JD, with Distinction, Member, University of North Dakota Law Review, 2004
  • North Dakota State University, BS, Agriculture Economics, 2000

Ryan joined McGuireWoods Consulting in April 2018 and serves as a senior vice president in the Federal Public Affairs group. He assists clients with matters before Congress, regulatory agencies and the executive branch with a particular focus on the agriculture and energy industries.

A respected Republican strategist and former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, Ryan possesses nearly two decades of senior government and political experience. He played a key role in the drafting of recent farm bills and important oil and gas, water rights, federal land transfer, budget appropriations and Native American affairs legislation as the adviser to Hoeven, chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and a member of the Agriculture, Appropriations and Energy committees. Ryan was also instrumental in helping draft the 2015 Keystone XL Pipeline bill.

As chief of staff for Sen. Hoeven, he was responsible for overseeing Hoeven’s 30-person Senate staff in Washington and North Dakota since 2012 and served for nearly two years as deputy chief of staff before that. In Bismarck, he was a senior adviser to three North Dakota governors – Jack Dalrymple, Hoeven and Ed Schafer – from 2000 through 2010 in roles that included policy analyst and chief legal counsel.

Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics from North Dakota State University and his J.D. from the University of North Dakota Law School. He was also a recipient of the Horizon Award from North Dakota State University. Ryan clerked for the North Dakota Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court in Bismarck and is admitted to the bar in North Dakota.

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