When long-time Delaware State Sen. Thurman Adams passed away in 2009, it set many wheels in motion and caused a shakeup in both chambers of the state legislature that are still being felt today.
For example, former Georgetown Mayor and 37th District State Rep. Joe Booth decided to run for the seat Adams once held, which left Booth’s seat in the Delaware House of Representatives vacant. This meant not one, but two special elections would be needed in short order.
Adams’s passing, and Booth’s desire for that seat, also allowed Sussex County native Ruth Briggs King to run for the new opening in the 37th Representative District, which she won in a special election by defeating Democrat Robert Robinson.
The lifelong Republican has won three times since then and is currently running for her fourth full term in Dover, being challenged again by Democrat Paulette Rapa, who she defeated by a wide margin in 2014.
In her seven years in Dover, King has amassed a long list of accomplishments, many related to her vast experience in housing, both as the executive vice president of the First State Manufactured Housing Association and later her nearly 10 years holding the same position at the Sussex County Association of Realtors.
She lives in Georgetown, as she has most of her life, with Stan, her husband of 40 years. She’s the mother of two boys and the grandmother of five; she’s also a leader in the community and an outspoken advocate for the less fortunate.
But you may be wondering why, in an election year, are we featuring her here in our blog? The answer is simple – Ruth and Stan have put their trust in us to sell their spectacular home in Country Club Village, next door to Georgetown’s Sussex Pines Country Club.
So before we continue our feature on Ruth and her many accomplishments, let us introduce you to her beautiful home in central Sussex County. Check it out below, or click on the “View Details” button to learn more and to take a virtual tour of the property.
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In her seven years in the state legislature, King has sponsored and supported countless bills that have had a direct impact on her constituents in central Sussex County. These include addressing the foreclosure crisis of a few years back and toughening child exploitation and abuse laws in response to the much-publicized arrest of Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley in December of 2009.
She’s also been an outspoken supporter of bringing a much-needed behavioral health access hospital to Georgetown, which is planned for the Route 113/Route 404 intersection across from Delaware Technical & Community College.
With the current legislative session ending on June 30, 2016, King’s most pressing matter in the next two weeks is establishing a task force made up of home owners, manufactured housing officials and others in an attempt to address current manufactured housing laws. Her goal - seeing what can be done to address this complex issue that just never seems to go away in the area’s land-lease communities.
“I really want to see the ones who are affected by this take the lead and for them to figure out what they think should be done,” says King. “They need to look at the land justification bill and address issues that include keeping the communities up to certain standards, rental assistance programs that are fair to both sides and other concerns.”
When the 2015-16 legislative session ends on Thursday, June 30, King will then turn her attention to the general election in November, where she will be seeking her fourth full term in the Delaware House of Representatives.
To learn more about 37th District Representative Ruth Briggs King, visit her website at www.ruthbriggsking.com.