Ruth M. Kirk, a former state delegate who served West Baltimore for 28 years, has died, city officials said Friday evening.
Kirk, 81, who was born in Baltimore, represented the 44th District from 1983 until this past January. Her seven terms ended when she lost to Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. last fall.
"She was a tireless advocate for the neighborhoods she served, and dedicated herself to strong and thoughtful constituent service," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. "Ruth was particularly engaged and helpful addressing the issues that affect low-income families and seniors in Baltimore. She will be missed greatly by me, my colleagues at City Hall and very much by the citizens of the 44th District."