Ruth L. Ulrich

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Ruth Laird Ulrich
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Born June 6, 1962
Place of birth missing

Resident of Monroe, Louisiana

Political Party Former Louisiana
Republican National Committeewoman
Spouse Mark Burghardt Ulrich (married 1986-2020, his death)

Laura Ulrich

Religion Christian

Ruth Laird Ulrich (born June 6, 1962)[1] is a former Republican National Committeewoman for Louisiana.

Political life

A former resident of Oxford, Mississippi, Ulrich is a former radio producer, writer, and sometimes on-air replacement for conservative talk show host Moon Griffon (pronounced GRE FOHN), who then broadcast statewide from his studio in Monroe in Ouachita Parish in northeastern Louisiana. Griffon since moved his operation to Lafayette. 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).[2]

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.[3]

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, then U.S. Senator David Vitter nominated Ulrich to represent Monroe at the Business and Professional Women's Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.[4]

Personal life

lrich and her husband, Mark Burghardt Ulrich (September 20, 1959 – March 14, 2020), whom she married in 1986, resided in Monroe.[5] until his death at the age of sixty on March 14, 2020.[6] The couple married in 1986 and had a daughter, Laura. Acording to his obituary, Mark Ulrich, a Monroe native, attended the University of Mississippi at Oxford. His parents were Christian Andrew Ulrich (1924-2007), a Monroe physician and the chief of staff at St. Francis Medical Center who trained at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota,[7] 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.[8]

Mark Ulrich was described as a "lifelong supporter of the arts [who] felt it important to provide children, adults, and families a supportive and creative environment where no matter the age, one could find exposure to the classics of literature, art, theatre and music for the purpose of building character and strengthening virtues."[8]

Ruth Ulrich has two in-laws, Mark's siblings, 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.[9]


  1. Ruth Ulrich. Retrieved on April 25, 2020.
  2. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, March 24, 2012.
  3. Louisiana general election returns, November 17, 2007. Retrieved on November 29, 2012.
  4. Vitter for
  5. Mark Ulrich. Retrieved on September 13, 2017.
  6. The Moon Griffon Show, March 16, 2020.
  7. Dr. Christian Andrew Ulrich. Retrieved on March 17, 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Mark Ulrich obituary. The Monroe News-Star (March 16, 2020). Retrieved on April 25, 2020.
  9. Gayette Ulrich obituary. Monroe News-Star. Retrieved on January 15, 2018.