Wilson, Ryan

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
Auditor
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Website:
https://wilson4mn.com
Age:
42
Occupation:
Attorney/former CEO of Clinical Trial Auditing firm
Education:
JD from Mitchell Hamline College of Law; MBA from University of Minnesota; Bachelor of Science from University of Minnesota
Biographical Info:
Ryan Wilson, 42, is a constitutional litigation attorney and former founder and CEO of a Minnesota-based clinical trial auditing firm. He's a married father of five school aged children and lives in Maple Grove. His family attends Holy Name Catholic Church in Wayzata. Ryan was born and raised in Minnesota. He spent his early childhood years in Rochester (father worked for IBM) and grew up in Plymouth. Graduated from Wayzata High School in 1998. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 2001. He worked for Medtronic in clinical trial auditing and then went on to found his own clinical trial auditing company, Symbios Clinical. The firm grew to more than three dozen employees and was eventually sold to international company MedPace. Wilson received his MBA during this time. He then pursued a career in law. Graduated with a juris doctor degree from Mitchell Hamline in 2018. He was a law clerk for the Minnesota Supreme Court before working as a constitutional litigation attorney for non-profit organizations and private firms. Ryan has served on a number of municipal commissions and committees and is a coach and board member for the Hamel Athletic Club and Little League baseball organization.
Statement:
I'm a former founder and CEO of a Minnesota-based clinical trial auditing firm that I grew into a global leader. As a constitutional litigation attorney I have worked on behalf of many clients across Minnesota to help them get answers that government is too often reluctant to give to the public. I decided to run for State Auditor after recent reports of significant fraud in the Feeding Our Future program and of gross mismanagement in the multi-billion dollar Southwest Light Rail project. Minnesotans are fed up with a lack of transparency about how their money is spent. They demand good stewardship of the resources they provide to government. Sometimes government officials forget who they serve. I won’t. As your next State Auditor I will ask the tough questions and bring accountability and transparency to how the government spends your tax dollars. Minnesotans recognize their tax dollars are invested in their local communities, but they need to know their money is producing results. The state auditor oversees the spending of more than 4,500 local units of government (e.g. school districts, counties, cities) that spend a combined more than $60 billion annually. Recent scandals are raising questions about who is watching how cities, schools and other local governments spend their money, and Minnesotans are rightfully upset. As an attorney and business leader, I’m not shy about asking tough questions and getting answers. Schools and local governments are essential, but they will do better with a state auditor willing to root out cronyism and political favors. Partisan politics has no place in the auditor's office - transparency is not partisan, accountability is not partisan, math is not partisan. As auditor I will shine a light on our government so Minnesotans can decide for themselves whether their government is serving them well. We know voters are tired of massive scandals of waste, fraud and abuse of tax dollars in Minnesota. This office has never been more relevant that it is right now. There's no room for extreme political partisanship or turning a blind eye by our state auditor. I look forward to restoring a culture of accountability and transparency in government finance that's been sorely missed in recent years. Taxpayers across this great state want and need a real government watchdog. I'm ready to win and I'm ready to serve.

The State Auditor plays a key role in Minnesota’s state government, “oversee[ing] local government financial activity in Minnesota by performing audits of local government financial statements and by reviewing documents, data, reports, and complaints reported to the Office.”* Because the State Auditor is not personally involved in drafting or signing legislation, our guide does not display issue positions for these candidates. Please refer to the candidates’ websites and public statements to see where they stand on the issues you care about.

*https://www.osa.state.mn.us/about/about-us/what-we-do/