Ruth Ann Gaines

Ruth Ann Gaines

84th General Assembly portrait (2011)
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 32nd district
65th (2011–2013)
Assumed office
January 10, 2011
Preceded by Wayne Ford
Personal details
Born 1947 (age 6869)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Children 1 child
Residence Des Moines, Iowa
Alma mater Clarke College
University of California, Santa Barbara
Profession Teacher

Ruth Ann Gaines (born 1947) is the Iowa State Representative from the 32nd District. A Democrat, she has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2011. Gaines was born, raised, and resides in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1965 she graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Des Moines. She has a B.A. in drama/speech from Clarke College and a M.A. in dramatic art from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

As of January 2013, Gaines serves on several committees in the Iowa House – the Education, Public Safety, and Veterans Affairs committees. She also serves as the ranking member of the Government Oversight committee.

Electoral history


Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2010 [1]
District 65
Democratic Ruth Ann GainesDemocraticunopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010 [2]
District 65
Turnout: 7,712
Democratic hold Ruth Ann GainesDemocratic4,88763.37%
Gary L. Jordan Republican2,35830.58%
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2012 [3]
District 32
Democratic Ruth Ann Gaines*Democraticunopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012 [4]
District 32
Turnout: 11,880
Democratic (newly redistricted) Ruth Ann Gaines*Democratic8,07367.95%
Joe Corbin Republican3,10926.17%


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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Wayne Ford
65th District
Succeeded by
Tyler Olson
Preceded by
Steven Lukan
32nd District
Succeeded by

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