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

Ryder, the previous general counsel for the Republican National Committee, helped form redistricting attempts throughout the condition and the U.S. He assisted build the present framework of Shelby County governing administration by way of his perform on the county’s charter commission. 

In modern years, he chaired the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board and helped 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 design. He thought his hometown of Memphis really should remain with the energy provider alternatively of looking for electricity somewhere else. 

Ryder practiced election and bankruptcy law at Memphis business Harris Shelton and was commonly regarded as an qualified on election challenges.