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

  • Position Announcement: Legislative Assistant to Representative Ruth Kagi | - October 19, 2017
    Legislative Assistant to Representative Ruth Kagi, Washington State House of Representatives Mission: To assist Legislators in successfully fulfilling their public obligations by providing support services in the areas of administration, office management, communication, research and public relations Reports to: Representative... READ MORE
  • Reps. Kagi and Ryu respond to major fire at Fircrest facility | - July 20, 2017
    Reps. Kagi and Ryu respond to major fire at Fircrest facility Statement by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32nd District) “This morning there was a substantial fire at Fircrest. Fircrest is a vital part of our community and performs critical work taking... READ MORE
  • Legislature passes landmark bill to help children, youth and families succeed | News - July 1, 2017
    Legislative News from Representative Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) June 30, 2017 Legislature passes landmark bill to help children, youth and families succeed OLYMPIA – The way government is organized signals its priorities. The legislature took a big step to make children,... READ MORE
  • Reps. Kagi and Ryu to Senate Republicans: Stop stalling on school construction, local projects | News - June 30, 2017
    OLYMPIA—A possible state government shutdown has dominated the news for months. Now that a budget deal is in sight before July 1, there’s a different state budget that may not pass. “The construction budget hasn’t gotten much attention,” said Rep.... READ MORE
  • Bipartisan, popularly supported, and research-based proposal to help kids in jeopardy | News - June 23, 2017
    Legislative News from Representative Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) Bipartisan, popularly supported, and research-based proposal to help kids in jeopardy  OLYMPIA – A bipartisan proposal to change how the state serves children and families is one of the possible casualties of a... READ MORE
  • Contact

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

    (360) 786-7910
    Email Ruth

    Legislative Assistant:
    Lydia Lippold-Gelb
    Email: Lydia.Lippold-Gelb@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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