Senior Campaign Advisor Steve Ruth is very involved with local progressive politics as a Democratic State Central Committee Delegate, member of the Riverside County Democratic Party’s Central Committee, Vice President of the Democrats of Corona-Norco Club, and President of the Truman Club of the Inland Empire. Steve is often asked to speak to clubs and other organizations throughout the region on a variety of subjects and enjoys giving his presentation “Why I’m A Democrat” which provides a personal account of his life and career.
Born and raised in Southern California, Steve’s life took a different turn in 1989 when he was hired by the Central Intelligence Agency and began travelling and living all over the world. He served in various war zones – including tours during Gulf War I, the conflict in Central America, Bosnia and in Iraq.
During his world travels, Steve came to see first-hand how inequality, to include economic, race, gender, ethnicity and religious inequality, is a serious issue. He wants to do all he can to help insure this same level of inequality doesn’t occur in the United States.
Steve is a former Planning and Housing Commissioner for the City of Corona, former member of Corona’s Infrastructure Committee, and is a member of Corona’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Steve ran for Corona City Council in 2014 and lost by an extremely narrow margin. Losing his City Council race actually became a positive for Steve as he can now dedicate his time and energy to helping progressives like Tim Sheridan in their quest for office.
Steve graduated from the University of Redlands with a bachelor’s degree in business and management and also holds a mini-MBA from George Mason University/Smithsonian Institute. Steve is also an author. He wrote a memoir about his life and career “My Twenty Years as a CIA Officer: It’s All About The Mission.”
Steve is married to Meg, who is active in various Democratic causes.