Biography

Ruth is a small-business owner and represents the 32nd District, including North King and South Snohomish County. She chairs the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee. Nationally, she is the past-chair of the National Conference of State Legislature’s Human Services Committee.

Ruth’s long history of community and public service includes serving as Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Washington. She received her B.A. from the University of Washington and M.P.A. from Syracuse University.

First elected to the House in 1999, she has focused on improving the quality of early learning and child care, strengthening foster care, and reforming the state’s drug sentencing and truck safety laws

Ruth has five grown children and lives in Seattle.

HONORS & AWARDS
2015:
June Leonard Memorial Award

2014:
YMCA Legislative Champion
Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington State Legislative Champion
Treehouse Community Partner for Foster Youth Award
Foster Parents of Washington state, Legislator Award
2012:
Champion for Children, Children’s Alliance
Golden Crayon Award, Early Learning Action Alliance
Outstanding work for children with developmental disabilities, Arc of King County
2011:
Shoreline Community College Foundation Distinguished Service Award
2010:
Elected Official of the Year Award, Foster Parent Association of Washington State
2009:
Champion for Children, Children’s Alliance
Friend of Children Award, Washington State PTA
Washington State Parent Advocacy Award, Catalyst for Kids
Champion of Family Support Award, Children’s Trust Foundation
2008, Outstanding work for children with developmental disabilities, Arc of King County
2007:
Lee Ann Miller Award, Children’s Justice Interdisciplinary Task Force
Grace Cole Outstanding Volunteer Award, Center for Human Services
2006:
Outstanding Vocational Service Award, Shoreline Rotary Club
Hero Award, Childhaven
2002, Dorrit Pealy Award

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Current:
– Vice Chair, Thrive by Five Washington Board of Directors;
– Member, League of Women Voters of Washington; Member, Sierra Club
-Co-Chair, Washington State Institute for Public Policy
Past:
– Board Member, Tree House;
– Vice President, League of Women Voters of Washington;
– Trustee, Children’s Trust Foundation;
– Co-Chair, Children’s Campaign Fund;
– Chair, Washington Council for Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect;
– President; Board of Directors, Center for Human Services;
– Chair, Seattle Commission on Children and Youth;
– King County Children and Families Commission

News

  • 2018 End of Session Newsletter | News - May 9, 2018
    Many of you received a paper newsletter in the mail. If you did not get one, here is an electronic version of Rep. Kagi’s 2018 Legislative Review.  
  • Kagi: A champion for children and families: Chair of Early Learning and Human Services will not seek re-election in 2018 | News - March 8, 2018
    Kagi: A champion for children and families Chair of Early Learning and Human Services will not seek re-election in 2018 OLYMPIA—After 20 years in the legislature, Representative Ruth Kagi announced today that she will not seek re-election. “The greatest honor... READ MORE
  • Open and honest government | News - March 2, 2018
    Legislative News from Representative Ruth Kagi, D-Seattle, and Representative Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline March 2, 2018 OLYMPIA – In response to significant constituent concerns, 41 House Democrats, including Representatives Ruth Kagi, D-Seattle, and Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline, signed a letter to Governor... READ MORE
  • E-newsletter: Common-sense gun legislation; legislative transparency and other news from Olympia | E-newsletters - February 28, 2018
    As the legislature nears the end of the sixty day session, things are moving quickly. With just nine days left we are busy working on passing bills and negotiating the budgets. I’m happy to report the budget that passed the... READ MORE
  • MEDIA ADVISORY: 32nd District representatives holding telephone town hall this THURSDAY | News - February 20, 2018
    Who: The state representatives from the 32nd Legislative District, Rep. Ruth Kagi and Rep. Cindy Ryu What: Telephone town hall meeting When: 6:00 – 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 22, 2018 Three ways to participate: 1 – Over the phone –... READ MORE
  • Contact

    Olympia Address:
    JLOB 320
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7910
    Email Ruth

    Legislative Assistant:
    Peter Kitchen
    Email: Peter.Kitchen@leg.wa.gov

    Toll-free Hotline:
    1-800-562-6000
    1-800-635-9993 (TTY)

    Committees:
    Early Learning & Human Services (Chair)
    Appropriations

    For Press Inquiries:
    Yoshi Kumara, Communications Specialist
    (360) 786-7221
    Yoshi.Kumara@leg.wa.gov

    For broadcast-quality audio or TV/radio interviews:
    Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
    (360) 786-7208
    Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov


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