In two weeks, Jenna Ryan went from a Frisco real estate broker with a robust online following to a household name.
You probably know that Ryan was arrested Jan. 15 and charged in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. You’ve probably seen some of the social media posts and videos she took to document her trip to Washington.
And you also probably know she says she only did it to answer the president’s call to stand up against election fraud, despite dozens of judges affirming there was none.
But here are some facts you might not have heard about Ryan.
Two more federal charges were added Tuesday.
Ryan, 50, initially faced two charges for entering and engaging in disorderly conduct at the Capitol, according to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Two more were added Tuesday: violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
Court documents include images of Ryan entering the building, but she told NBC News she was inside for only two minutes before she felt uncomfortable and left, adding that she didn’t regret her visit and was “innocent in everything” she had done. She said police officers were ushering people into the Capitol, so she felt it was within her rights to follow them.
It all began with a “very cute boy.”
Ryan had never been to one of former President Donald Trump’s rallies before Jan. 6, the day the U.S. Capitol was overrun by a mob of his supporters. So when a stranger messaged her on Facebook asking if she wanted to go to Washington by private plane, she jumped at the offer, according to NBC News.
She asked Garland realtor Brian Miller to accompany her.
Ryan told NBC that Miller is her best friend and bodyguard. Miller, a military veteran, said on Twitter that Ryan walking 10 feet into the building before smelling pepper spray doesn’t make her a “domestic terrorist,” as some have labeled her. It made her a “patriot for one’s First Amendment rights,” he added.
Ryan is a North Texas native.
The 1988 graduate of South Garland High School also attended Dallas Baptist University and Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, according to her LinkedIn.
She lives in Carrollton, where one of her signs was defaced.
Ryan’s real estate business has an address in Frisco, which has seen incredible growth in population and the real estate market over the last few decades.
But she owns a townhome in Carrollton, where residents said a sign advertising her real estate business was vandalized with slurs and then removed.
She told local real estate news site CandysDirt.com that she is a “really good agent with lots of integrity,” adding that she makes “a ton of money and sells a ton of homes,” despite working only 15 hours per week.
PayPal banned her.
Following her arrest, Ryan attempted to raise money for “legal fees and losses” on Twitter. She shared a link to her PayPal account but was banned from the payment site just hours later, according to CBS News.
In a now-deleted tweet that confirmed her account had been closed, Ryan wrote, “Shucky darn I can’t do business with PayPal anymore. What am I gonna do with myself? I think I will survive. Seems like some people want to cancel me because I’m trying to get donations from PayPal. Big Woop.”
She has an estranged half-brother who tweeted about her arrest.
Jared Brewer identified himself on Twitter as her younger brother, which ancestral records confirmed, and said they haven’t spoken in 12 years. He called her a “self-proclaimed narcissist,” and said Ryan is not qualified to coach anyone, including herself. Brewer added that she once forced him “out of the closet” by staging an intervention with their parents.
“To my knowledge, we’ve not seen eye-to-eye on a single subject in my entire life,” Brewer said.
Speaking of narcissists, she says she married one.
Ryan has been married and divorced twice, according to state records. In one of her self-help videos titled “Co-Parenting with the Narcissist,” she explains that despite not having children, she is qualified to discuss the topic because she was once married to a narcissist.
She is a life coach.
It’s one of dozens of videos she created on how to deal with narcissists as part of her life-coaching business, SelfLoveU. Ryan discusses topics such as how to stop missing your ex or handle loneliness and depression, and has accumulated more than 64,000 followers on the channel since 2013.
She also wrote a self-help book, which she said was scheduled to hit shelves in Target and Barnes & Noble next month, but has been canceled due to the Capitol incident, according to a post she made on Twitter.
She hosted a radio show.
Ryan describes herself as a radio host, and Liliana Villarael, a spokeswoman for iHeartMedia, said the real estate broker purchased airtime to host The Jenna Ryan Show on Sunday mornings on KFXR-AM (1190). She discussed “real estate and lifestyle tips,” and didn’t mention “anything political in nature,” before the show ended early last year, Villarael said.
She has previously filed for bankruptcy.
Ryan filed for bankruptcy in 2012 after owing the IRS $100,000, according to court documents filed in the Eastern District of Texas. At the time, she was an agent for WorldVentures, a Plano-based multilevel marketing company that sells travel club memberships and filed its own Chapter 11 case in December, according to a news release. Ryan’s filing also states she was a social media coach and the founder of a digital marketing company.
She may run for office, or she may never vote again.
Ryan told Spectrum News in an interview that she wants to run for office as a member of the “Patriot Party.”
However, she told NBC News after her arrest that she has “given up on America” and will never vote again.