Ruth was elected Conservative MSP for Glasgow in May 2011, and became leader in November of the same year.
For most of her adult life Ruth has lived and worked in Glasgow and her parents are both proud Glaswegians. Ruth’s father used to play for Partick Thistle so, apart from politics, sport has always been an important part of her life.
She worked as a presenter, a news journalist and a documentary maker for the last nine years, mostly with BBC Scotland and REAL Radio in Glasgow.
Outside of work and politics, Ruth is an avid sports fan. She enjoys hillwalking, kickboxing, socialising with friends, walking the dogs and is a fully paid up member of the official Scotland Supporters’ Club and goes to all the home games at Hampden.
Ruth was in the Territorial Army for nearly three years but had to leave after breaking her back in a training exercise. She was also a Sunday School teacher and over the years has done a lot of voluntary work, from helping deliver charity envelopes to volunteering with a radio station for the blind.