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Ira Ruskin

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Ira Ruskin
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California State Assembly District 21
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Business owner
Ira Ruskin is a former Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 21 from 2004 to 2010. He served as Mayor of Redwood City from 1999 to 2001 and on the Redwood City Council from 1995 to 2003.


Ruskin's professional experience includes owning Ruskin Communications and MRP.

He is a member of the Committee for Green Foothills, Democratic Activists for Women Now, Organization of Chinese Americans Advisory Board - San Mateo County, Redwood City Education Foundation and the Sierra Club.[1]

Committee assignments

Ruskin served on the following committees:


Political Courage test

Ruskin did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

Ruskin's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 19 - Greenhouse gas emissions: consumer product
  • AB 226 - Coastal resources: California Coastal Act
  • AB 1023 - Renewable energy resources

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



Ruskin was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to the term limits of the California State Assembly.


In 2008, Ruskin was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 21. Ruskin (D) finished with 133,856 votes while his opponent Ann Marie Temple (R) finished with 54,849 votes.

California State Assembly District 21
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ira Ruskin (D) 133,856
Ann Marie Temple (R) 54,849

Campaign donors


Ira Ruskin banner

Below are Ruskin's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[3]

Contributor 2008 total
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 467 $14,400
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
Professional Engineers in CA Government $13,200
California State Pipe Trades Council $11,700
California State Council of Laborers $9,200

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[4][5]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Hill ranked as a 94.[6]

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Preceded by
California State Assembly District 21
Succeeded by
Rich Gordon