Ruth's Bio



Ruth McClung, a physicist and AIAA member currently is working as a rocket scientist at a local engineering company, wants to use her knowledge to help the people of Southern Arizona, and the United States by serving in the U.S. Congress. Ruth’s educational and work background give her an advantage over most candidates. She understands the science behind some very important issues such as energy, the environment, technology, defense, and national security. With her scientific background, politicians using pseudo-science to push an agenda will not fool her. And since she has worked in the defense industry, she understands the need for defense and the types of technologies which are needed to make us safer. She also understands where potential waste in the defense industry might be.

Ruth has been interested in politics since she was teenager, when in Idaho her father served as a Republican County Chairman. She helped out in campaigns, volunteered in the Republican headquarters, helped in special county events, and was acquainted with many of the politicians. Her interest in serving her community through politics has grown through the years, and has led her to run for office.

Ruth has lived in the west her whole life. Besides living in Arizona, she has lived in California, New Mexico, and Idaho. She moved to Tucson, Arizona in 2000 to go to college. “I love living in the West.” explains Ruth, “I love the diverse mixture of cultures and the frontier spirit that seems to exist in all the people of the west.”

Ruth was raised in a family that stressed hard work and financial responsibility. This philosophy led her to choose Pima Community College for her first two years of school. She paid for college through a tennis scholarship, a job at Del Taco, and a job as a lab assistant in the Engineering and Physics departments, at Pima. After finishing her first year at Pima she was able to get a job at a local engineering company as an intern. She continued with that job through college and is currently working with the same company. After receiving her credits at Pima College, she transferred to the University of Arizona in August of 2002. In May of 2004, she received her Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Arizona.

Ruth is an amateur painter whose art has been in several local galleries and one in Texas. She loves to draw and would like to someday write and illustrate educational children’s books. She also enjoys spending time in nature by doing things like - rock climbing, hiking, back packing, mountaineering, and gardening, as well as playing tennis.

Faith and family are very important to Ruth. Ruth is a Christian and believes that faith and reason go together. She also feels lucky to live so near to much of her family in southern Arizona. The greater Tucson area is home to her parents, one of her brothers and his family, and her aunt, uncle and cousins.

In June of 2005, she married Michael McClung. Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Physics and Engineering Physics at Christian Brothers University before moving to Tucson. He received his Master of Science in Physics at the University of Arizona, where he and Ruth met.

In 2007, Ruth and Michael decided that their American Dream included starting a business. Michael went back to the University of Arizona to get his Masters in Business Administration, and Ruth supported him. Ruth and Michael presently work for the same engineering company, while Ruth runs for Congress and Michael continues working on research to start his own company.



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