The Women Who Inspire Us: Ruth Briggs King

The National Foundation of Women Legislators

by Elysian Magazine

Representative RUTH BRIGGS KING has represented the 37th District in the Delaware House of Representatives since 2009. She has worked extensively in the fields of medicine, education, banking, and finance, and has devoted her energies to numerous committees that include Workers’ Compensative Reform, Financial Literacy, the Mental Health Task Force, and the Educational Funding Task Force, among others. The Representative is admired for her unwavering leadership, and strengths in organizational development and strategic planning as she possesses an innate honesty and straightforwardness, and has a proven track record to address and solve problems with an end-game of realizing results. In addition to introducing numerous Bills in the House, she has initiated legislative action on opiate and heroin issues in Delaware by bringing attention to substance-exposed infants. She currently is a member of nine committees, including the Corrections Committee, Education Committee, and Veterans Affairs, among others. “It is both a pleasure and an honor to work for you in the Delaware Legislature,” she tells her constituents. “I work for you to improve our community in many ways. Our district is large, and our needs are different, but I am diligently championing our needs and seeking improvements for your quality of life.”

As a strong advocate on many issues, she also maintains a busy local schedule to be accessible and accountable to her constituents. “The most important part of my work is not what bills or policies we create in Dover, it is about helping people overcome barriers and challenges that impact their lives,” she says. “This past year, we have helped so many citizens overcome issues with their unemployment benefits. Our staff and I have taken many calls and worked to ensure benefits were received. ‘Many hands make light work’ and many hands are needed to address complex and community issues.”

Rep. King received her associate degree in Medical Technology from Delaware Technical and Community College, her bachelor’s degree in Applied Profession and Supervision, and her master’s degree in Human Resources and Instructional Leadership from Wilmington College. She is a certified Medical Laboratory Technologist (ASCP), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (HEW), holds an Administrator Certification from the State of Delaware, and is a REALTOR® Associate Executive. She worked at Milford Memorial Hospital and for the Dickenson Medical Group, and in 1988, joined the Kent Country Vocational Technical High School as a teacher in Medical Assisting. In 1994, she joined Medlab, Inc., and rose through the ranks to become Director of External Operations, overseeing 24 patient centers, four Stat Labs, the Courier Fleet, and Customer Services. In 1999, she moved on to the Baltimore Trust Company, where she became Vice President of Human Resources, and Officer in Charge, and during that time, taught courses for both the American Institute of Banking and Wilmington College. She continues to parlay her experience and skills as a consultant in areas of human resources, strategic planning, and organizational development.

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