Ruby had to fight for every opportunity in life.
Today, she is fighting to secure opportunity
for everyone in Connecticut's 5th District.
An Immigrant growing up in the Bronx
Ruby arrived in America from Honduras on Thanksgiving Day as a one-year-old, traveling with her family and settling in the Bronx, where she grew up with her parents and grandparents. She attended local public high schools and helped take care of her family while her older brother served in the Vietnam War, fighting hand-to-hand combat in the swamps of DaNang.
Taking night classes while working to support her family
In her early twenties, Ruby took a job as an executive assistant in the Fashion Industry, working a hectic schedule to support her family while taking night school classes in Business, to earn her undergraduate degree. She persevered and went on to earn two Masters degrees and a Ph.D.
A single mother raising her children in Bethel
Ruby faced some of the darkest moments of her life after dealing with her ex-husband's substance abuse. She lost her home and her life was turned on its head.
It was at this point that Ruby moved to Connecticut, bringing her two young children to Bethel and investing every last cent she had in a condo in which to raise her young children.
A college professor fighting for freedom of speech on campus
Ruby continued to fight for her family. She worked as a college psychology professor at Naugatuck Valley Community College, Manhattanville College and the College of New Rochelle before being asked to join the faculty at Teikyo Post University.
As a tenured Professor, Ruby championed freedom of speech on campus as one of the few Republican professors on a liberal college campus. She advised students and stood up to the administration when necessary and fought to ensure that every young person was exposed to a variety of political and world views. She believes students should receive an education, not indoctrination.
In 2008, Ruby met the love of her life, Arthur O'Neill, on a blind date in Southbury (set up by a member of the local Republican Town Committee). Arthur, a local Republican State Representative, and Ruby married in 2009 and have worked together serving residents in Southbury, Roxbury, Washington and Bridgewater ever since.
Founding Member and Executive Board Member of the Latino National Republican Coalition of Connecticut
In 2014, Ruby helped found the LNRCCT, working to spread the message of our Republican Party values to our state's diverse communities.
A Commissioner on Equity & Opportunity
In 2015, Ruby was appointed by Republican House Leader, Rep. Themis Klarides, to the Commission on Equity & Opportunity where she now serves as Vice-Chair. Ruby chairs the Latino and Puerto-Rican policy division of the commission, working in Hartford to advocate for Republican principles of opportunity and reward for hard-work.