Ryan Walters is a life-long Mississippian and hails from the “Free State of Jones.” He holds a bachelor and master’s degree in American history from the University of Southern Mississippi. He writes columns for the Laurel Leader Call newspaper in Laurel, Mississippi, and for the Right Side Online, some of which have appeared on Townhall.com. He is the author of The Last Jeffersonian: Grover Cleveland and the Path to Restoring the Republic, a book that examines current political problems through the prism of history. He was also an occasional guest host and frequent commentator on the Right Side Radio Show with Chris McDaniel, Jack Fairchilds, and Lewis Garvin.
In 2000, Ryan served as vice chairman for the Mississippi Reform Party and Patrick J. Buchanan’s presidential campaign in the Magnolia State. He also held a seat on the Reform Party’s National Committee, served as a delegate to the Reform Party National Convention in Long Beach, California in August 2000, and was one of seven official presidential electors for Pat Buchanan. Ryan served on Roger Simmermaker’s Platform Committee until 2002, holding a position on the Foreign Policy subcommittee and briefly chairing the subcommittee on Banking and Monetary Policy. With the party essentially dead by 2003, Ryan left and became an independent conservative.
In 2007, he served on the campaign committee of Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel.
With an avid interest in foreign policy and world affairs, Ryan has traveled extensively, making five trips to Asia and two to Europe since 2001. Four of these trips were opportunities to study overseas and learn about foreign cultures and history from another perspective. His Asian stops include the nations of Vietnam, where he has made five visits, Thailand, Taiwan, and Cambodia. In Europe he has visited England, France, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.
Ryan also enjoys martial arts, where he holds a black belt in Jiu Jitsu and an instructorship in Bruce Lee’s arts of Jun Fan Gung Fu and Jeet Kune Do. He is also a lifetime fan of College Football and the Pittsburgh Steelers.