Ruth Bradley Weyland

Manager, State & Local Government Relations

Tyson Foods Inc.


Age: 28

Ruth Bradley Weyland

Ruth Bradley Weyland got her political start by taking a fortuitous leap of faith.

Weyland had served as an intern for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., in the summer of 2012 while studying political science at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. The next January, when she heard a full-time position in Pryor’s office had opened and before she had even graduated, she packed her car and started driving to Washington, D.C.

“I actually left school a little eaaaarly,” Weyland said, drawing out the word. “On my drive up, I got a call and they offered me the job. I was wiping my brow. I’m glad it worked out, because I had definitely committed before I knew they had a spot for me.”

Weyland finished her college credits online and, after Pryor left the Senate the next year, she took a job with Tyson in government relations. After two years on the federal level, Weyland returned to Arkansas to work at the state and local levels.

“There is never a boring day, especially doing state stuff now,” Weyland said. “Everything moves so quickly. I’ve learned a ton and just stay busy all the time. I miss doing the federal work, but I enjoy the state work because I get to travel all over the country talking to legislators and visiting our plants.”