Ryan Tira is Lycoming County judge candidate

Ryan Tira

MONTOURSVILLE — Lifelong Lycoming County resident Ryan Tira has announced his decision to run for the open judicial seat on the Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas.

“It would be an honor to occupy the seat previously held by the esteemed Honorable Judge Richard A. Gray,” Tira said.

Tira earned his Bachelor of Arts from Franklin & Marshall College and his law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

After law school, Tira returned home to begin his legal career.

“My wife and I knew Lycoming County was the place we wanted to start our family. We are proud to raise our children in a place with such strong family values. I am grateful to be able to practice law and live here,” remarked Tira.

Tira, a Republican, joined the law firm of McNerney Page Vanderlin & Hall as an associate attorney in August 2002, and became a partner in January 2007. At McNerney Page, he has developed a practice centered around serving public clients, including county, borough and township governments.

Tira said, “a gratifying part of my career has been assisting local governments to meet the needs of their communities. Through this work, I have overseen many hearings, all of which have prepared me to handle court room proceedings as a Judge.”

Tira’s legal practice has taken him before several judicial bodies, including U.S. District Court, State Superior Court, State Commonwealth Court, Courts of Common Pleas throughout Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Unemployment Compensation Referees and private arbitrators.

Tira has donated his legal services through pro bono representation for the Greater Hope Care Center and also for victims of domestic violence. Active in the Lycoming Law Association, Tira served as a past chair of the Young Lawyers Division and most recently, as president of the Association (2017).

“It was an honor to work with my colleagues on the executive board to make Lycoming County the premier place to practice law in Central Pennsylvania,” said Tira, whose term as immediate past president concludes on Jan. 14, 2019.

“I really enjoy being able to volunteer alongside fellow community members in ways that have such a direct local impact,” Tira remarked about being active in the community. His community involvement has included:

– Director and coach of John Bower League basketball teams.

– Coach, South Williamsport Area School District’s 8th grade boys basketball team.

– Montoursville Youth Football and Cheer League Board of Directors & League Commissioner.

– Committee person for Lycoming County’s YoungLife Student Ministry.

– Board of directors for K’s for Cancer.

– Montoursville Kiwanis member.

– Leadership Lycoming (2006 graduate).

– Leadership Lycoming chair of Community Projects.

– Board of directors for the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

– Assistant secretary/treasurer, Williamsport Regional Airport Authority Board.

– Committee person on the Lycoming County Republican Committee (until Dec. 2018).

Tira’s passionate commitment to his faith is reflected in his past and current service through Faith United Methodist Church. Tira has served in several different leadership roles in the church and currently serves as the lay representative for the church to the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. He commented, “My faith experiences have shaped the foundation of who I am and who I strive to be. Keeping perspective on the big picture in life is crucial and I use my faith to help me keep that perspective.”

Tira and his wife, Andrea, a public-school teacher, live in Montoursville with their four children.