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Ruth Stockton (Small)

Birthplace: Ridgefield Park, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
Death: Died in Lakewood, Jefferson County, Colorado, United States
Place of Burial: Cremated
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Arthur (Alfred) Everett Small, Sr. and Mary Rose Small
Wife of Truman Alexander Stockton, Jr.

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About Ruth Stockton

Legislator; first woman president pro tem of the Colorado State Senate

Ruth (Small) Stockton, was born in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. She attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and continued her studies at Columbia University and the University of Colorado.

She won a seat in the Colorado House in 1960 and in the Colorado Senate in 1964. The Lakewood Republican served in the House and Senate for nearly a quarter of a century, a longer tenure than any other woman. She was the first woman to serve on the powerful Joint Budget Committee and its first chairwoman. She also was the first woman to be elected president pro tem of the Senate. She was celebrated as a trailblazer for women in the legislature.

In 1986. she was named Citizen of the Year by the Colorado Association of Realtors, the first woman to receive the award. Her other honors included the Golden Business and Professional Woman's Woman of the Year; the Lakewood Sentinel's Outstanding Legislator; the Nel O'Callahan Award for helping the handicapped; the Florence Sabin Award for public health service; and the Top Hat Award from the Colorado Business and Professional Woman.

A leaded-glass panel honoring Ruth Stockton was dedicated in the Senate chamber in 1986. Several such panels at the Capitol honor figures in Colorado history.

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Ruth Stockton's Timeline

June 16, 1916
Ridgefield Park, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
November 1, 1937
Age 21
Colorado, United States
October 21, 1990
Age 74
Lakewood, Jefferson County, Colorado, United States