T. Ryan Lane is an American attorney, businessman, and politician who served as a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives from the 3rd district. Elected in 2020, he assumed office on January 19, 2021.

Ryan Lane
Minority Leader of the New Mexico House of Representatives
In office
January 17, 2023 – March 14, 2024
Preceded byJames G. Townsend
Succeeded byJames G. Townsend (acting)
Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives
from the 3rd district
In office
January 19, 2021 – March 14, 2024
Preceded byPaul Bandy
Succeeded byBill Hall
Personal details
BornAztec, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationLiberty University (JD)

Early life and education


Born and raised in Aztec, New Mexico, Lane graduated from Aztec High School.[1] After earning his bachelor's degree in mathematics, he earned a Juris Doctor from the Liberty University School of Law.[2]



After graduating from law school, Lane served as a law clerk for Judge James A. Teilborg of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. Lane then worked as an associate attorney at a law firm in Farmington, New Mexico before returning to his hometown to establish a private legal practice.[3] He then served on the Aztec School Board.[4] Lane ran unopposed in the 2020 Republican primary and November general election. He assumed office on January 19, 2021.[5][6]

When fellow state Representative Georgene Louis, a Democrat, was arrested for aggravated DWI in February 2022, she called Lane, after the first several of her colleagues whom she called were unavailable. Lane then drove to the police station as she requested, but was turned away by the arresting officer because Louis was in the booking process.[7]

Lane resigned from the New Mexico House in March 2024.[8]


  1. ^ Times, James Fenton The Daily. "Attorney Ryan Lane returns to Aztec to open private practice". The Daily Times. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  2. ^ Grover, Hannah. "Ryan Lane, a newly-elected state representative, says economic development is needed". The Daily Times. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  3. ^ "Ryan Lane Attorney--Native of San Juan County Serving Your Legal Needs". T.Ryan Lane P.C., Attorney at Law. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  4. ^ https://www.daily-times.com/story/news/2020/11/04/election-2020-new-mexico-results-ryan-lane-state-representative/6124603002/
  5. ^ "T. Ryan Lane". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  6. ^ Collaborative, WALT RUBEL-Southern New Mexico Journalism. "New faces in New Mexico State Senate". www.krwg.org. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  7. ^ "SF police video shows DWI arrest of Rep. Louis - Albuquerque Journal". www.abqjournal.com. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  8. ^ "GOP House leader quits legislature". www.rdrnews.com. Retrieved 2024-03-28.
New Mexico House of Representatives
Preceded by Minority Leader of the New Mexico House of Representatives
Succeeded by