William Ryan Brannan

Ranked in the top three agency leader lobbyists by the Texas Lobby Power Rankings, Ryan Brannan is the founder and principal of the Brannan Firm, a results-oriented government affairs firm, and serves as counsel to the law firm of Glast, Phillips & Murray. Ryan has extensive knowledge and experience in Texas’ legislative and regulatory arenas. 

Prior to founding the Brannan Firm, Ryan served in the executive branch of state government. A three-time gubernatorial appointee, Brannan has been appointed by both Governor Greg Abbott and Governor Rick Perry to serve as the Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation, leading a state agency with over 600 employees and a biannual budget of more than $100 million. Prior to his appointments, he served as an advisor to Governor Rick Perry in the Office of Budget, Planning and Policy working on a broad range of policy issues.

Before “going inside” state government, Ryan advocated in and around the capitol for private and public organizations. He began his public policy career in the D.C. offices of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. 

Ryan’s cumulative experience on budget and policy issues includes appropriations and procurement, insurance, public health, tort reform, consumer finance, transportation and infrastructure, water rights, land use, eminent domain, gaming, racing, electricity, and telecommunications. His work has been published or mentioned in at least 16 periodicals, including the Wall Street Journal, the Texas Bar Journal, Texas Lawyer, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, and the Austin-American Statesman.