92nd General Assembly


Rep. Marilyn Ruestman, a Republican, represents parts of McDonald and Newton counties (District 131) in the Missouri House of Representatives.She was elected to the House in November 2002.


She was elected treasurer of the freshman class of the 92nd General Assembly, president of the Women Legislators of Missouri and was appointed to the Missouri Womenís Council.


In addition to her legislative duties, Rep. Ruestman is co-owner of Ruestman Construction/Real Estate Development Company.The Ruestman family has been in real estate development in the Joplin/Newton County area since 1947. Prior to being elected she served as district coordinator for U.S. Congressman Mel Hancock from 1989-96 and as district director for Missouri State Senator Marvin Singleton.


Rep. Ruestman attends First United Methodist Church.She served as the elected Republican state committeewoman for many years.She has also served as president or chairman of the following civic organizations:Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce; Soroptimist International of Joplin; Metro Exchange

Club; The Boys and Girls Club of Joplin; and Joplin Federated Republican Women.


A recipient of the Woman of the Year from the Missouri Federated Republican Women, Rep. Ruestman has also received the following awards:Woman of Distinction from Soroptimist International; Missouri State Volunteer Project of the Year; and was a national winner for Students in Free Enterprise competition.She is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.


A graduate of Noel High School, Rep. Ruestman has received an associate of arts degree, bachelorís degree, and masterís degree.


Rep. Ruestman lives in rural Newton County with her husband Richard.She has a daughter: Morgan, and two stepchildren:Pam and Peter.