Ruth Samuelson

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Representative
Ruth Samuelson
Portrait of Ruth Samuelson
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
In office
2007–2015
Preceded by W. Edwin McMahan
Succeeded by Dan Bishop
Constituency District 104 (South Central Charlotte)
Personal details
Born Ruth Culbertson
(1959-11-04)November 4, 1959
Charleston, South Carolina
Died January 23, 2017(2017-01-23) (aged 57)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ken Samuelson[1]
Children Three sons, one daughter[1]
Alma mater University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[1]
Religion Presbyterian

Ruth Culbertson Samuelson (November 4, 1959 – January 23, 2017) was a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly, representing the 104th district in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2007 to 2015.[2][3] From 2000 to 2004, Samuelson served as a member of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, representing the Fifth District. In 2004, she ran for an At-Large seat on the Board of Commissioners, but lost in a tight general election race.[4]

In November 2006, Samuelson was elected to the North Carolina House succeeding five-term incumbent Ed McMahan. Samuelson was elected with 67% of the vote in the election, beating Democrat Paula McSwain.[5]

She announced on October 15, 2013, that she would not seek re-election for a fifth term and would leave office at the end of her current term, after the 2014 elections.[6]

Samuelson revealed in June 2016 that she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.[7] Later that year she entered hospice care at home.[8]

Samuelson died on January 23, 2017, at the age of 57.[7] A hiking trail in Mecklenburg County has been named in Samuelson's honor.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Morrill, Jim (17 October 2006). "Fight is on to replace McMahan - in House District 104, Democratic Newcomer Faces Ex-Commissioner". The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, North Carolina: McClatchy: 2B. 
  2. ^ "2011-2012 Report for Rep. Ruth Samuelson - NCCPPR". Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Ruth Samuelson, former lawmaker, dies at 56". Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Mecklenburg County North Carolina November 2, 2004 Election Results" (PDF). Charlotte, North Carolina: Mecklenburg County North Carolina Board of Elections. p. 103. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mecklenburg County North Carolina 7 November 2006 Election Results" (PDF). Charlotte, North Carolina: Mecklenburg County North Carolina Board of Elections. pp. 130–131. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Morrill, Jim (15 October 2013). "Ruth Samuelson says she won't run for re-election in 2014". Charlotte, North Carolina: The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte Republican Rep. Ruth Samuelson, one of North Carolina’s highest profile lawmakers and a top contender for House speaker, said Tuesday that she won’t run for a fifth term. 
  7. ^ a b Henderson, Bruce (23 January 2017). "Ruth Samuelson, former lawmaker, dies at 57". The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, North Carolina: McClatchy. 
  8. ^ a b "Samuelson, former lawmaker, receives hospice care at home". Retrieved 23 January 2017.