Ronnie was born and raised in Caruthersville, Missouri. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry, with an emphasis in forest management. He is a registered forester in the state of Mississippi. In 2003, Ronnie graduated from Mississippi State University with a Master of Science degree in Forestry.
In 2004 Ronnie obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Mississippi College. After completing law school, Ronnie served as law clerk to the Honorable William H. Myers of the Mississippi Court of Appeals. He is admitted to practice before all State and Federal Courts in the State of Mississippi and is admitted to practice before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ronnie is also admitted to practice in the State of Missouri.