Ruth is a state senator, community leader, and working mother of three children. She has spent her career working for good public policy, financially stable organizations, and opportunities for everyone to participate in democracy and community. In 2018, she was elected to the Vermont State Senate representing Addison County, Huntington and Buels Gore. In the Senate, she serves on the Education and Agriculture Committees.
Ruth is passionate about education. She served three terms on local school boards, including as chair of the Mary Hogan School Board and co-chair of the Charter Committee which organized the unified Addison Central School District. Until March 2018, she served on the ACSD Board, leading its finance committee through the creation of the first unified school district budget.
For many years, Ruth worked at the Middlebury College budget office and helped steer the College through the 2008 international financial crisis. Ruth has also served on early childhood center boards, and began her career as a non-partisan school finance analyst for the Wisconsin Legislature.
Ruth believes in access to quality healthcare. She has worked as a grant-writer for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England raising funds to support access to women’s health services, and as Director of the Addison County Open Door Clinic providing free medical care to uninsured Vermonters.
By running and serving in the legislature, Ruth is leading by example. From 2015 to 2019, she was Executive Director of Emerge Vermont, which recruits and trains Democratic women to run for public office. Ruth also regularly talks with student groups about civics and democratic engagement, and has brought groups to the Statehouse to meet with legislators and be active participants in democracy. In Fall 2019, she taught a course on Women in U.S. Electoral Politics at Middlebury College as a Professor of the Practice.
Ruth is the mother of three teenage children – Greta, Anya, and Walter. She lives in East Middlebury with her children and husband Jason, who teaches at Middlebury College, and their dog Pesto, and a shed full of mice. Ruth’s mother Mimi lives in Middlebury.
Ruth’s family loves to play music and games, cook and eat good food, travel, and take part in school and community activities. Ruth is happiest when she’s making pizza for family and friends, leading a community meeting, or exploring new places. She loves hiking and snowshoeing, planting trees, and curling up with a good book.
Ruth and her three siblings grew up in a small town in rural central New York, where her family lived for several years on a farm raising lots of animals. Ruth spent much of her childhood riding horses, working on local farms, and being a student leader. Her mother was a teacher and her father was a state civil servant.
Ruth left home to attend Oberlin College in Ohio and then the LBJ School of Public Affairs at University of Texas-Austin. After over a decade in the Midwest and South, Ruth moved back to the Northeast in 2002 to raise her family and put down roots in Vermont.