Commission application number 170 submitted by Tyler RYska on 06/26/2020

First Name Tyler
Middle Name/Initial James
Last Name RYska
Voter Unique Identification number 1191646017
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 25-34
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Law
What is your occupation? Attorney
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78701
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78701
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Christina
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial Noel
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Ryska
Are you applying to be the student member of the commission? No
Have you been continuously registered to vote in the City of Austin for the last five years? Yes
Have you voted in 3 of the last 5 City of Austin general elections (or corresponding runoff if applicable)? Yes
Been appointed to a state or city office? No
Been elected to a state or city office? No
Been a candidate for a state or city office? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a political party? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of the campaign committee of a candidate for elective state, county, or city office? No
Been a registered state or local lobbyist? No
A paid employee of the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional services contract with the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to the City Council of the City of Austin or to any individual member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
A controlling person of a person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to any member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
Contribute or bundle one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in aggregate to candidates for City of Austin elective office? No
Please describe your relevant analytical skills. As an attorney for the State of Texas, I believe I have the skills needed to effectively collect and analyze information, problem-solve, and make decisions. On a daily basis, I deal with issues and problems and work to find effective solutions during the litigation process as an environmental attorney.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I have always prided myself on being as impartial as possible. I enjoy investigating both sides of an issue and working to determine the best course of action in an impartial way. I am not looking to gain anything personally out of this process. I just wanted to find a way to give back to my City, a city that has given me so much.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I love Austin! And I believe its diversity of people and opinions is what makes it so very great. People of different backgrounds and nationalities each hold a unique story. And each story can help better our community. Austin is a rich city, full of diverse cultures and geography. It will take a great group of people of diverse backgrounds to shape Austin's future into continued excellence for generations to come!
Please provide your employment history. The Office of the Attorney General Environmental Protection Division, Austin, TX Assistant Attorney General, January 2018 – Present ● Handle a variety of environmental enforcement cases involving the Texas Water Code, Texas Health & Safety Code, and Texas Administrative Code ● Represent various state agencies, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Veteran’s Land Board ● Counsel client-agencies in both pre-litigation strategy and represent their interests in state court ● Draft petitions and file lawsuits on behalf of the State and its agencies and negotiate settlements with opposing counsel ● Prepare and respond to Interrogatories, Requests for Production, Requests for Admissions, and Requests for Disclosure I am currently an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Attorney General of Texas (as seen above). I work in the Environmental Protection Division and absolutely love the work I do. With my background in law and the environment, I feel that I am an excellent candidate for the ICRC and would love the opportunity to serve with my fellow Austinites.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I love Austin and would love to be involved in this process. Thank you for your consideration!
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Newspaper
Disclaimer Agreement Checked
Disclaimer Signature Tyler James Ryska
District District 9
Does this application qualify? Yes