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Ruth B. BalserDEMDemocrat State Representative, 12th Middlesex District
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Ruth B. Balser (born October 30, 1948) is an American state legislator serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She is a Newton resident and a member of the Democratic Party.Balser received her bachelor's degree at the University of Rochester and her PhD at New York University. She was a practicing clinical psychologist. She was an alderman for the City of Newton from 1988 to 1995 and has been a member of the state legislature since 1999.Balser was a political opponent of former Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas Finneran. She voted against Finneran's renewal of tenure as Speaker in 2003. She, along with several other opponents of Finneran, were demoted to appointments on a committee that held training sessions for House members. Her political fortunes improved when Finneran was replaced by Salvatore DiMasi as Speaker in 2004. Balser served two terms as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.She ran for mayor of Newton in 2009 and was endorsed by The Boston Globe. She lost narrowly to former John Kerry aide Setti Warren, 51–49 percent.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
New York University
PhD Clinical Psychology
1980
University of Rochester
AB Psychology
1969
Past Positions1 - 4 of 4
Second Division Chair
Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives
2021 - Current
Representative
Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives
1999 - Current
Member
Newton Board of Alderman
1988 - 1995
Clinical Psychologist
Private Practice; Newton, Massachusetts
Other Experience1 - 21 of 21
Member
Jewish Community Relations Council
Member
American Jewish Congress
Former Chair
Ward 8 Committee
Member
Massachusetts Psychological Association
Member
Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action
Member
Newton League of Women Voters
Member
Newton Conservators
Member
New England Region Friends of University of Haifa
Member
Green Decade Coalition
Member
Appalachian Mountain Club
Member
Newton Democratic City Committee
Former Chair
Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, Massachusetts State House of Representatives
Former Member
Technology and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives
Former Member
Joint Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives
Former Member
Joint Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives
Former Member
Joint Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives
Former Member
Ways and Means Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives
Former Member
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives
Former Vice Chair
Public Health Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives
Former Vice Chair
Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives
Member
Womens Political Caucus, Commonwealth of Massachusetts