Ruth Rowan

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Ruth Rowan
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 57th district
Assumed office
December 1, 2012
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 50th district
In office
December 1, 2004 – November 30, 2012
Preceded byJerry Mezzatesta
Personal details
Born (1948-09-12) September 12, 1948 (age 70)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Thomas Treton Rowan
ChildrenJulie Ann Rowan-Wolford
Thomas Llewellyn Rowan
ResidenceHampshire County, West Virginia
Alma materCalifornia University of Pennsylvania
West Virginia University

Ruth Rowan (born September 12, 1948) is an American politician from the U.S. state of West Virginia. She is a member of the Republican Party and is currently the West Virginia House of Delegates member from the 57th District, which represents parts of Mineral County and Hampshire County in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.[1] In 2004 she defeated the embattled House Delegate Jerry Mezzatesta for his seat after he was embroiled in a political scandal in 2003-2004.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Rowan was born in Pennsylvania. She was received her B.S. and M. Ed. from California University of Pennsylvania. She is a long-serving and now retired elementary school teacher in Hampshire County Schools. She married Tom Rowan and they had two children, Julie and Tom.

The granddaughter of a coal miner, Rowan is one of few West Virginia Republicans endorsed by the powerful United Mine Workers of America. She has also been endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, AFL-CIO, West Virginians for Life, and the National Rifle Association.

Rowan's ancestry runs deep in West Virginia. As a descendant of Frontier Ranger Doctor Llewellyn, her earliest forebears blazed a trail in the wilderness near the Forks of Cheat River in present-day Monongalia County, West Virginia.


The West Virginia House of Delegates is often reminded of West Virginia's most senior county by Rowan, who begins each floor presentation with the phrase "from West Virginia's oldest county." She has championed infrastructure, senior, veteran, children, education and healthcare issues. She was appointed to represent West Virginia in the United States' Southern Regional Education Conference to help shape emerging issues in education.

Rowan enjoys broad based bipartisan support in both Charleston and her home district, as demonstrated by her strong showing in both primary and general elections. In the general election of 2010, Rowan garnered 72% of the vote, despite the endorsement of a well-funded challenger by several popular state and local elected officials.

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Political offices
Preceded by
West Virginia House of Delegates 57th District
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jerry Mezzatesta
West Virginia House of Delegates 50th District
Succeeded by