|Preceded by Thom Collier|
Name Margaret Ruhl
Education Fredericktown High School
|Political party Republican|
Party Republican Party
|Born September 2, 1956 (age 59)
Knox County, Ohio, U.S. (1956-09-02) |
Residence Mount Vernon, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater Fredricktown High School
Margaret Ann Ruhl (born September 2, 1956) is a Republican politician who represents the 68th District of the Ohio House of Representatives, which includes Knox County and the eastern portion of Delaware County. She is serving her third term and was previously the Representative for the 90th district.
Life and career
A lifelong resident of Knox County, Ohio, Ruhl graduated from Fredricktown High School. She went on to begin a career in business and accounting, and eventually served as city auditor for Mount Vernon, Ohio from 1983-1995. In 1995, Ruhl was elected Knox County Auditor. She served as auditor from 1995 to 2008 before she was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2009.
Ohio House of Representatives
When Representative Thom Collier was term limited from the Statehouse in 2008, Ruhl ran for the open seat. A decisively Republican district, Ruhl initially faced Tom Whiston in the Republican Primary, and won with 53.71%. She defeated Democrat Duane Grassbaugh by 55.16% of the vote in an overwhelmingly Democratic year.
In 2010, Ruhl ran for a second term. Again Ruhl faced a primary challenge by Patrick Quinn, but again won with 64.59% of the vote. She went on to defeat Democrat John Ryerson with 72.26% of the vote. Ruhl is serving on the committees of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development (as vice chair); and Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security.