Laura Ruderman

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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.[1]

Early legislative work[edit]

Laura Ruderman represented the 45th Legislative District in Washington State from 1999 to 2005.[2][3]

While in office, Ruderman was vice-chair of the Technology, Telecommunications, and Energy Committee,[4] 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.[5] Ruderman was elected by her colleagues to be the vice-chair of the House Democratic Caucus.

Ruderman was named one of "100 to Watch" by the Democratic Leadership Council, 2003[6]

Laura Ruderman did not seek re-election in 2004, running instead for Washington State Secretary of State against incumbent Republican Sam Reed;[2][7] she captured 45% of the vote to Sam Reed's 51%.[8]

Current activities[edit]

Since 2005 Ruderman has worked as a school and community activist and a businesswoman.[9]

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[5]
  • King County Library System Foundation[10]
  • Sound Mental Health[11]
  • 21 Acres

Ruderman has been a member of the Redmond Chapter of Business and Professional Women, and is a current co-chair at Discovery Community School in the Lake Washington School District.[12][13]

2012 congressional candidacy[edit]

As of September 2011 Ruderman is running for Congress in Washington's 1st congressional district for 2012.[2][9] A June 2011 letter to her supporters says, in part:

... 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.[9]


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