Michael Ryan was born on January 18, 1956 in Sacramento, California. He has lived in Amador County all of his life and is a graduate of local schools. He graduated in 1979 from the University of California at Davis, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Prior to being elected Treasurer-Tax Collector, he worked as the Chief Title Officer for Western Land Title Company from 1978-1990. Michael and his wife Debbie have two sons, Mitch and Casey. He is a member of the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors as well as a member of the National Association of County Treasurers and Finance Officers. In June 1997, he received a Certificate in Public Treasury Management from the University of Southern California, School of Public Administration.
Michael Ryan was first elected Amador County Treasurer-Tax Collector in November 1990.