James "Jim" Ruttle is an Irish politician. He was a Fianna Fáil member of Seanad Éireann from 1980 to 1981. He was nominated by the Taoiseach to the 14th Seanad on 20 June 1980 to fill vacancy created by the resignation of Michael Yeats. He did not contest the 1981 Seanad election. He was an unsuccessful Fianna Fáil candidate for the Wicklow constituency at the 1981 general election. Since 1991 he has been an independent member of Wicklow County Council for the Baltinglass electoral area.