WASHINGTON STATE

HOUSE DEMOCRATS

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

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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