Judge Ruigh, Ames, was appointed to the bench in 1981. He was born in Mason City, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University for his undergraduate education. After graduating in 1971, he went on to earn his law degree in 1974 from the University of Iowa. He went into private practice in Ames and served as a judicial magistrate prior to his appointment. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Blackstone Inn of Court, the Iowa Judges Association, and the American Judicature Society. Judge Ruigh received the Award of Merit from the Iowa Judges Association in 1998. He is married.