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Ruth Balser

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Ruth Balser
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Massachusetts House of Representatives, Twelfth Middlesex
In office
1999 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 16
Base salary$61,133/year
Per diem$10 - $100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sUniversity of Rochester
Ph.D.New York University, 1980
Date of birth10/30/1948
Place of birthNew York, New York
ProfessionClinical Psychologist
Office website
Ruth Balser (b. October 30, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Twelfth Middlesex district. She was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Balser served on the Newton Board of Aldermen from 1988 to 1995.


Balser's professional experience includes working as a clinical psychologist.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Balser served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Elder Affairs Joint
Health Care Financing Joint
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Joint
Public Health Joint


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Balser served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Balser served on the following committees:

Election history


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Balser won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Twelfth Middlesex District. Balser was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]


Balser won re-election to the Twelfth Seat in 2010. She defeated John Bortone in the September 14 Democratic primary. She faced no opposition in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3]

Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Twelfth Middlesex District (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ruth Balser (D) 11,764


On November 4, 2008, Balser won re-election in the Massachusetts House of Representatives election for the Twelfth Middlesex district. [4] In this election she raised $93,653; of that total $88,023 (94.0%) was from in state contributions, $2,585 (2.8%) was from out of state contributions, and $3,045 (3.3%) was from unknown sources. [5]

Massachusetts House of Representatives - Twelfth Middlesex district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ruth Balser (D) 13,699
All Others 180
Blanks 5,944

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Balser received $253,415 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[6]

Massachusetts House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ruth Balser's campaign in 2010
Balser, Ruth B$13,890
Roberts, Mitchell$1,500
Garland, Margaret$1,250
Bailis, Lawrence N$1,200
Morningstar, Betty Y$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $253,415


Balser raised $93,653 in the 2008 election cycle.

Her major contributors are listed below. [7]

Donor Amount
Charles Glovsky $1,000
Massachusetts Psychiatric Society $1,000
Willaim H. Shaevel $750
Taylor J. WIlliam $650
16 different donors $500


Balser has been a member of the American Jewish Congress, Appalachian Mountain Club, Green Decade Coalition, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, Jewish Community Relations Council, Massachusetts Psychological Association, New England Region Friends of University of Haifa, Newton Conservators, Newton League of Women Voters, and the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus.[1]

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