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North Carolina politicos remember former state Rep. Ruth Samuelson

Two days ahead of the 2017 legislative session, Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly are coming together to honor former state Rep. Ruth Samuelson, who died of ovarian cancer Monday.

Samuelson, a Republican, served as a Mecklenburg County Commissioner from 2000-2004 before serving four terms in the NC House.

The Charlotte Observer notes “she became known for her stands against abortion and for the environment, and for an ability to forge agreements between warring sides. She was endorsed by both the Sierra Club and the National Rifle Association.”

Governor Roy Cooper described Samuelson on social media as a “dedicated leader and champion for our state.”

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Charlotte.

Here’s how others are remembering Samuelson:

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis:
“Her devotion to her faith and her family served her well in the halls of the North Carolina legislature, where she worked with both sides of the aisle to become one of the most influential leaders in the state. As Speaker of the House, there was no one I counted on more than Ruth Samuelson.

“Ruth bravely fought this disease with the same strength, grace and dignity that have defined her life’s work.  In doing so, she left a final legacy of unshakable faith and unwavering hope that should inspire us all.  As we mourn her loss and pray for her family, we rejoice in knowing that the faith that guided Ruth’s life has now carried her home.”

One Comment


  1. Dr. Charles Reese

    February 6, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Words cannot adequately convey me and my family’s sense of sorrow. Ruth and her husband, Ken, were long-time friends of ours. She gave of herself unselfishly of her natural and spiritual resources. She was unique, unusual, and a dynamite personality. Through the years, after leaving a pastorate in Charlotte, NC, I often thought of her as friend, confident, and spiritual soldier. We shared many discussions on various topics. As an African American, steeped in the tradition of African American Culture, she caused me to think more creatively about theology, politics, and philosophy.

    My God, she is being missed already! There will never be another.

    Dr. Charles E. Reese
    President – SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) of Collin County;
    Founder/CEO – Jubilee Resource Initiatives

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