Memphis legal professional John Ryder, a outstanding general public servant, dies at 72

John Ryder, an influential Memphis legal professional and a longtime determine in Tennessee and countrywide politics, has died. He was 72.

Ryder, the previous common counsel for the Republican Nationwide Committee, assisted condition redistricting initiatives throughout the state and the U.S. He helped build the recent framework of Shelby County authorities by his work on the county’s charter commission. 

In new decades, he chaired the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board and served quell President Donald Trump’s ire at CEO Jeff Lyash in late 2020. Ryder remained an advocate for the federal agency and its public energy product. He considered his hometown of Memphis need to keep on being with the electrical power supplier as a substitute of trying to find electrical power somewhere else. 

Ryder practiced election and bankruptcy law at Memphis firm Harris Shelton and was widely thought of an professional on election issues.