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

  • Legislative Newsletter: Protecting net neutrality in Washington and other news from Olympia | E-newsletters - February 13, 2018
    The next step in a solution to the opioid epidemic Washington is in the midst of an opioid crisis. Friends and neighbors across the state are falling victim, and overdoses have surpassed car accidents as the most common cause of... READ MORE
  • E-newsletter: Using brain science in juvenile justice policy and other news from Olympia | E-newsletters - February 2, 2018
    Keeping up with increased needs in child welfare This week, the House passed HB 2008, a bill I sponsored to stabilize child welfare services. From 2010 to 2016, calls made to child protective services (CPS) increased 42%. Most of the... READ MORE
  • Kagi and Ryu: $4 billion construction budget means jobs and opportunity | News - January 22, 2018
    OLYMPIA—Reps. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) and Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline) said the passage of the state’s construction budget will create tens of thousands of jobs to build schools, colleges, affordable housing and mental health facilities. “Our state’s population is booming along with the... READ MORE
  • The past and future of equal rights for women and other news from Olympia | E-newsletters - January 21, 2018
    Sharing your thoughts Getting feedback from you is important to represent you in Olympia. I invite you to take this survey as an opportunity to share your priorities. If you have other concerns or comments please feel free to send... READ MORE
  • Rep. Kagi recognized with national award for leadership on improving child welfare | News - January 17, 2018
    OLYMPIA – On January 9, 2018, Representative Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) was recognized for her leadership and dedication to improving the lives of families and children with a Casey Excellence for Children Award for Leadership. The Casey Family Programs is a... READ MORE
  • Contact

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

    (360) 786-7910
    Email Ruth

    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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