Ruth Briggs King has spent her whole life working, first as a health care provider, then as a teacher in our public schools (where she was nominated for the prestigious “Teacher of the Year” award) and later in different occupations in the business world.
Ruth understands the important role state government has in maintaining existing jobs and creating new opportunities. And she understands that quality employment is the foundation on which stable families, successful schools, and prosperous communities are built. Ruth said, “Delaware works best when Delawareans are working.”
That’s why Ruth supported new laws to reduce the gross receipts tax (HB 127); to maintain the viability of operations at one of our state’s largest employers (House Bills 10, 142 & 369); and to create the Veterans’ Opportunity Credit, to encourage companies to hire military personnel returning from active combat zones.
As a member of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee – the only Sussex Countian on the 12-member group – Ruth has been a strong voice for our communities, ensuring that the interests of the state’s largest county are well-represented. Among other things, Ruth advocated for a strong State Police presence to patrol Sussex and effectively secured more protection during the busy summer months.
Recognizing that our area has a significant number of manufactured housing communities, Ruth has actively worked with residents to address their concerns. She helped craft the Rental Assistance Program to help homeowners in distress stay in their communities. She has a developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in issues related to housing concerns.