Ruth Culbertson Samuelson was born on November 4, 1959, and died on January 23, 2017.
She was a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly, representing the 104th district in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2007 to 2015.
From 2000 to 2004, she had served as a member of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, representing the Fifth District.
During 2004, Ruth Samuelson ran for an At-Large seat on the Board of Commissioners, but lost in a tight general election race.
In November 2006, Samuelson was elected to the North Carolina House succeeding five-term incumbent Ed McMahan.
She was elected with 67% of the vote in the election, beating Democrat Paula McSwain.
Samuelson announced on October 15, 2013, that she would not seek re-election for a fifth term and would leave office at the end of her current term, after the 2014 elections.
Ruth Samuelson revealed in June 2016 that she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Later during that year, Ruth entered hospice care at home.
Ruth Samuelson passed away at 57 years old.