Ruth Ann Gaines

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Ruth Ann Gaines
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Iowa House of Representatives District 32
In office
January 10, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$118/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sClarke College, 1969
Master'sUniversity of California in Santa Barbara, 1970
Office website
Ruth Ann Gaines is a Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 32 since 2013. She previously represented District 65 from 2011 to 2013.

Gaines teaches drama and speech at East High School in Des Moines and Des Moines Area Community College and has served on the Iowa Arts Council since 2008. Gaines also teaches diversity courses to teachers at the Heartland Area Education Agency in Des Moines and Viterbo University. She has been a Des Moines Human Rights Commissioner since 2004 and was Iowa Teacher of the Year in 1998 and one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. Gaines holds a B.A. in Drama and Speech from Clarke College and an M.A. in Dramatic Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Gaines has been appointed to the following committees:



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gaines ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 32. Gaines ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012 and defeated Joe Corbin in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 32, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRuth Ann Gaines Incumbent 72.2% 8,073
     Republican Joe Corbin 27.8% 3,109
Total Votes 11,182


Gaines won election to the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Gary L. Jordan (R) in the November 2 general election.[3]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 65 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRuth Ann Gaines (D) 4,887
Gary L. Jordan (R) 2,358

Campaign donors


In 2010, Gaines raised $7,410 in contributions. [4]

No contributions to her campaign were of $1,000 or more.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steven Lukan (R)
Iowa House of Representatives District 32
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Wayne Ford
Iowa House of Representatives District 65
Succeeded by