Ruth L. Ulrich
|Ruth Laird Ulrich|
|Political party||Former Republican National Committeewoman|
|Born||June 6, 1962|
|Spouse||Mark Burghardt Ulrich (married 1986)|
A former resident of Oxford, Mississippi, Ulrich is a former radio producer, writer, and sometimes on-air replacement for conservative radio talk show host Moon Griffon (pronounced GRE FONN), who then broadcast statewide from his studio in Monroe in Ouachita Parish in northeastern Louisiana; Griffon has since moved his headquarters to Lafayette, Louisiana. On February 23, 2008, Ulrich was elected as national committeewoman, a position which automatically made her a member of the Republican National Committee. She succeeded former State Representative Kay Kellogg Katz, also of Monroe, as the state's national committeewoman.
In 2012, Ulrich lost her Representative District 16 seat on the Republican State Central Committee to former U.S. Representative John Cooksey, also of Monroe, by a vote of 620 (40.4 percent) to 913 (59.7 percent).
In the general election held on November 17, 2007, Ulrich was defeated in a bid for the open District 5 seat on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. She polled 49,818 votes (48 percent) to Democrat Keith K. Guice's 54,550 (52 percent). The district includes seventeen parishes in north and central Louisiana. Guice, also of Monroe, carried the endorsement of the teacher organizations. He succeed the 15-year Democratic incumbent James Stafford. Guice led in eleven parishes. Ulrich prevailed in Grant, Jackson, La Salle, Rapides, Richland, and Union parishes.
In 2004, Ulrich was chairman of the Louisiana Bush-Cheney presidential electors. She serves on the Monroe Historic Preservation Commission. She is a past vice president of the Garden District Neighborhood Alliance and past president of the Monroe Garden Club. In 2005, U.S. Senator David Vitter nominated her to represent Monroe at the Business and Professional Women’s Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. She resides in Monroe with her husband, Mark B. Ulrich (born September 20, 1959).
In 1986, Ruth Laird married Mark Burghardt Ulrich, who attended Mississippi State University at Starkville and is the son of Christian Andrew Ulrich (1924-2007), a Monroe physician, the chief of staff at St. Francis Medical Center who trained at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and the former Gayette Doris Spence (1927-2018), who was born in Cook County, Illinois, reared in Dubuque, Iowa, and was a nurse at Mayo Clinic where she met her husband. Ruth Ulrich has two in-laws, Christine Bonds and husband Kenny of Moscow in Jefferson County, Arkansas, and Thomas Andrew Ulrich and his wife, Catherine Jones Ulrich, both of whom are Presbyterian ministers in Akron, Ohio.
- Ruth Ulrich. Mylife.com. Retrieved on September 13, 2017.
- Louisiana primary election returns, March 24, 2012. staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved on November 29, 2012.
- Louisiana general election returns, November 17, 2007. staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved on November 29, 2012.
- Vitter for Senate.gov
- Mark Ulrich. Mylife.com. Retrieved on September 13, 2017.
- Dr. Christian Andrew Ulrich. Old.findagrave.com. Retrieved on January 15, 2018.
- Gayette Ulrich obituary. Monroe News-Star. Retrieved on January 15, 2018.