Laura Ruderman is a former Washington State Representative for Washington's 45th legislative district. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Ruderman graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
Early legislative work
While in office, Ruderman was vice-chair of the Technology, Telecommunications, and Energy Committee, and served on the Health Care, Appropriations, and Rules Committees. In addition to these assignments, she was a member of the K-20 Education Network, the Information Services Board, and the Governor's Task Force on Virtual Learning. Ruderman was elected by her colleagues to be the vice-chair of the House Democratic Caucus.
Laura Ruderman did not seek re-election in 2004, running instead for Washington State Secretary of State against incumbent Republican Sam Reed; she captured 45% of the vote to Sam Reed's 51%.
Since 2005 Ruderman has worked as a school and community activist and a businesswoman.
She is or has been active in the following organizations:
- RESULTS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished families through legislative action
- Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (CASH), a non-profit organization that provides low-income women with credit, business training, and peer support
- K-20 Educational Network
- Digital Learning Commons
- King County Library System Foundation
- Sound Mental Health
- 21 Acres
2012 congressional candidacy
... Starting today, I am taking on a new challenge: I am running for a seat in the United States Congress from Washington State in 2012. I am running to serve as a common-sense, effective voice for suburban families like yours and mine, and to help fix the outrageous mess in Washington, DC. I would be proud to be the next Democratic Representative from Washington State in Congress.
- Wesleyan University graduation, Wesconnect News, October 22, 2011
- Laura Ruderman Running In Washington Roll Call June 2011
- State Representative 1999-2004 The News Tribune
- An Innovator In The Digital Marketplace The Seattle Times
- Activities as a WA State Representative LearningCommons.org
- Named one of "100 to Watch" by the Democratic Leadership Council 2003 DLC.org
- Legislator hopes to oust secretary of state The Seattle Times
- Official election result 2004 vote.wa.gov
- June 1 blog News Tribune
- KCLS Foundation Annual Report 2004 kcls.org
- Sound Mental Health 2007 Annual Report smh.org
- DCS Community Minutes April 2010 lwsd.org
- Community Group of Discovery Community School 2011 14thstory.com