Ruth Ann Gaines

Iowa House District 32

Contact Ruth Ann:
3501 Oxford St
Des Moines, IA 50313


State Representative Ruth Ann Gaines of Des Moines is currently serving her third term in the Iowa House. She serves as a Ranking Member on the Government Oversight Committee. She also serves on the Education, Ethics, Public Safety and Veteran’s Affairs Committees.

Gaines received a BA degree in Drama/Speech in 1969 from Clarke College in Dubuque Iowa and an M.A. in Dramatic Art from the University of California in Santa Barbara in 1970. She taught drama at East High School from 1971-2011, when she retired from Des Moines Public Schools.

She continues to teach Speech and Drama at Des Moines Area Community College where she has been since 1971. Gaines was appointed to the State Foster Care Review Board by Governor Tom Vilsack in 2000. She was also appointed to the Iowa Arts Council by Governor Chet Culver in 2008. Gaines is also a single adoptive parent of a child with multiple disabilities.

Iowa House District 32

Des Moines