Senator Ruth Ward is a retired Nurse Practitioner and has lived in Stoddard NH since 1995.
Ruth Ward legally immigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1959. She first came to the United States as an exchange student and worked at the Children’s Hospital in Boston as a Med Tech in the cardiac catheterization lab.
A year later Ruth married her husband and moved to Lincoln, Massachusetts where they raised 3 children: Jim, Kristina, and Celia.
While raising a family Ruth earned a Nursing Diploma and started her career at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She went on to earn a B.S. from Fitchburg State College and a M.S. in Nursing from Boston University. As a Nurse Practitioner she focused primarily on diabetes management.
Ruth had fallen in love with New Hampshire’s mountains and lakes decades before moving here. As an avid skier and hiker, the peaks of New Hampshire’s White Mountains had become her favorite places to be. In 1995, she retired from nursing and moved to Stoddard, NH
Since moving to New Hampshire, Ruth has served her local community as a member of the Stoddard Zoning Board and as Chair and Vice Chair of the Stoddard Planning Board. Ruth has also served on several statewide boards and commissions including as a Land Steward for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, the NH Rivers Management Advisory Council, and on the Board of Advisors of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). Ruth is also a Master Weaver and is a Juried Member of the League of NH Craftsmen and has served as a Trustee of the American Textile History Museum.
Ruth's top priorities are limiting the size and scope of government, protecting against a sales or income tax, and preserving New Hampshire’s beautiful landscape for future generations.
As the Vice Chair of the Public and Municipal Affairs Committee, Ruth works to address local and town issues and create a better working relationship between municipalities and the State of New Hampshire. Ruth also serves on the Committees on Education and Transportation.
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