Ryan Kiesel

Ryan Kiesel served three terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2004 to 2010.

Prior to joining the staff of the ACLU of Oklahoma, Kiesel was in private practice with a law firm in Oklahoma City. Ryan also teaches a seminar, Politics and the Law, as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Ryan received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Conversion Therapy, Open Records & Swag

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talk about the controversial bill to protect the practice of gay conversion therapy and a measure which would have allegedly gutted Oklahoma's Open Records Act.

The trio also discusses a push by former US Senator Tom Coburn for a constitutional convention to rein in the federal government and a call by the state Finance Secretary to look into cuts in travel and "swag".

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Budget Shortfall, Education Savings Accounts & AP History

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks to ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the $600 million shortfall facing lawmakers crafting the budget, and its likely impact on state agencies.

The trio also discuss the Education Savings Account bills which passed in a Senate Committee, but failed in the House.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Hiring Freeze, Field Tests and Doctor Shopping

This week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about Governor Fallin issuing an executive order instituting a hiring freeze as well as a freeze on pay raises and bonuses for all state agencies. They also discuss the choice by a sub-committee chairman to not hear any bills negatively impacting the budget.

The trio also talk about State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister's decision to end field tests on Oklahoma students, a bill to crack down on "doctor shopping" for prescription drugs and two bills to make the gas chamber an acceptable form of execution.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 6, 2015

The 2015 Legislature Kicks Off at the Capitol

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the State of the State Address given by Governor Fallin to kick off the 2015 legislative session as well as her executive budget.

Also, the trio discusses two bill killed early in the session without getting a hearing: the so-called "hoodie bill" and a bill by Representative Sally Kern allowing businesses to discriminate against homosexuals.

Finally, they look at the decision by the Tulsa School Board to hire Deborah Gist as its new superintendent.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri January 30, 2015

A Stay of Execution and A Plan to Raise Teacher Pay

On This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the decision by Attorney General Scott Pruitt to ask for a stay of execution in the case of Richard Glossip and the plan by new Superintendent Joy Hofmeister to give pay raises and add classes to the school year over the next five years.

Ryan, Neva and Michael also talk about bills expected in the upcoming legislature and the arrest of Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri January 16, 2015

New and Returning State Leaders for Oklahoma

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about returning Governor Mary Fallin and new Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. 

The trio also discusses a judges ruling which could impact the 2013 GOP overhaul of the Workers' Compensation System and a plan by the Oklahoma Hospital Association to use Medicaid expansion money for low-income uninsured Oklahomans.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri January 9, 2015

The New Legislative Session is Coming

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the "Hoodie Bill" and conservatives asking AG Scott Pruitt to stop the lawsuit over Colorado marijuana laws.

They also discuss lawmakers getting ready for the new session, gas prices impacting the state budget, and Oklahoma's first execution since April 2014.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri December 19, 2014

A Busy Week for the State Supreme Court

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the State Supreme Court decision allowing the Governor to withhold certain documents from the public, as well as Governor Fallin's decision to accept $2M in Affordable Care Act money.

They will also discuss another ruling from the State Supreme Court rejecting part of the 2011 Tort Reform Law which punished uninsured drivers, approval by State Supreme Court Justices of the $120 million dollar bond to fix the Capitol, and an investigative piece by the Oklahoma Watch regarding the early release of violent and sexual offenders.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Scott Pruitt's Alliance with Energy Companies

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the New York Times article alleging a secret alliance between Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt and energy companies.


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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Income Tax Law Gets Supreme Court Approval

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the State Supreme Court approving the law to cut Oklahoma's Income Tax.

They also discuss the fallout over a blown referee call in a high school playoff game, the Democrats giving up on Congressional District 2, and the state budget facing lawmakers in 2015.

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