Ruth's Biography



A lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Ruth Damsker has been serving her community for her entire adult life, both as an elected official and a volunteer.  Her community service has been recognized by various organizations and rewarded by voters who appreciate and respect Ruth’s advocacy for government reform and fiscal responsibility, in addition to the well-being of children, seniors, and hard working Pennsylvania families. 


Ruth was elected to serve as Cheltenham Township Finance Office, and appointed the Township Controller for 12 years.  During her time as an Official with Cheltenham Township, Ruth oversaw $64 million dollars in annual revenues. Her work earned her a reputation as a fiscal watchdog.  After that, Ruth was elected as Montgomery County Commissioner in 1999, and served through 2007. 


An active member of the community, Ruth has served as President of the Elkins Park Rotary, the Cheltenham Division of the American Cancer Society, and the United Parent Group of CheltenhamSchool District. She was also Vice-President of the Eastern Montgomery County Jewish Community Relations Council. In 2010, Ruth was elected to the Democratic State Committee and to the Reserve at Gwynedd Homeowner Association. In 2012, she was an elected Delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Ruth currently serves on the Boards of Philadelphia Reads, Jewish Social Policy Action Network and Caring People Alliance-a Boys and Girls Club Affiliate.  


For her dedication and leadership, Ruth has been honored by the American Cancer Society, the American Jewish Congress, the Montgomery County Advisory Council of the Pa Human Relations Commission and other national organizations. From 1968 to 1971, Ruth served in Europe with the United States Army Community Social Services Program as a volunteer counselor for dependant families.


Ruth earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from TempleUniversity in 1967.  She was married to the late Dr. Jeffrey I. Damsker for 35 years. Ruth has four children: her three sons, Jason, Keith, and David are all physicians; her daughter, Rebecca, has a Master’s in Education, and is a secondary Social Studies teacher. Ruth is the proud grandmother of 6.

Ruth currently lives in Upper Gwynedd Township and continues her public and community service.