Historical records matching Ruth Stockton
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.