About Betsy Ruhe

Louisville Metro Council
District 21
601 W. Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-1121
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Betsy Ruhe was elected to Metro Council in 2022. She currently serves as a member of the Public Works Committee, Equity, Community Affairs, Housing, Health & Education Committee, and Parks & Sustainability Committee.

Betsy Ruhe was born and raised in Louisville. She moved to the South End when she married her husband in 1991. She was a military police officer in the Army Reserve and served in Desert Storm. After that, she taught special needs children in Jefferson County Public Schools, until retiring in 2021. She was elected to Metro Council in November, 2022 and represents the neighborhoods of Beechmont, Wilder Park, Iroquois, Southside, Belmar, Preston Park, Sunshine Acres, My Old Kentucky Home, and the City of Lynnview. The District also includes the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) and the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).

Betsy earned a Master Of Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine in 2000 with endorsements in special education and environmental education, and had the honor of becoming the first graduate of the University Of Louisville’s Masters in Sustainability program.

She is the founder of Orchards of Beechmont, a public orchard on South Third St., and a founding member of the Friends of Iroquois Park. She has a passion for spending time outdoors and getting her hands dirty, and can often be found walking her dog in Iroquois Park or along Southern Parkway, enjoying the fresh air and picking up litter, doing her part to keep her neighborhood beautiful.

updated 02/01/2024

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