Representative Ruth Ann Gaines View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Birth Place: Des Moines, Iowa
Birth County: Polk
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
House: 84 (2011) - 90 (2023)
Home County: Polk
Ruth Ann Gaines
Polk County


Serving fourth term in House.




Received B.A. in drama/speech from Clarke College, Dubuque. Received M.A. in dramatic arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Memberships and Activities

Served on State Foster Care Review Board, Loras College Board of Regents, Very Special Arts Iowa, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, Eyerly-Ball Board, YWCA Board, NAACP Board, Hospice of Central Iowa, Repertory Theater of Iowa, Drama Workshop, Iowa Arts Council, Holy Family Foundation Board, Des Moines Area Religious Council, Westminister House Board, Des Moines Tutoring Board, and Des Moines Optimist Club Charter Member. Currently: Friends of Des Moines Human Rights and past president, Candeo Board, Iowa Juneteenth Observation Board, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Graduate Chapter.

Birth and Residence

Born in 1947 in Des Moines. Raised and resides in Des Moines.

Family Members

Vidal Spaine, partner; one son.

Text above from Iowa Official Register/Other
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