Today, in the Iowa House Representatives, State Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines (D-Polk) was awarded the Uncommon Public Service Award by the Herbert Hoover Presidential Foundation for her service to the people of Iowa that has gone above and beyond legislative responsibilities.

“I am proud to receive this award from the Hoover Presidential Foundation. I hope the work I have done over my lifetime has made my community and my state a better place to live for all Iowans,” said Rep. Gaines who received the award in-person on Wednesday morning in the House Chamber. “I will continue to strive to see Iowa progress toward a more fair and just world.”

State Representative Ruth Ann Gaines has represented the Northside of Des Moines since 2011.  Gaines was born, raised, and resides Des Moines and was a public-school teacher for 40 years before taking office in the Iowa House. She is a champion of Human Rights and is credited for reinstating the Friends of Des Moines Human Rights Committee. Rep. Gaines also initiated the Sisters for Success program for African American girls in the Des Moines school district. She has been recognized as teacher of the year numerous times by many organizations, she was the first recipient of the Heritage Legacy Award, and most recently named as a Black History Month Honoree by Banker’s Trust, and a Wallace Winkie Lifelong Learner Hall of Fame honoree.

The 2020 award presentation was delayed because of last legislative session’s suspension due to COVID-19.