Ruth Johnson is the chief operating officer for the Texas Health and Human Services system.
She has worked in various roles at state agencies for more than 30 years, including 18 years serving Louisiana children and families. She served as deputy commissioner for the Louisiana Division of Administration as well as secretary and undersecretary for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.
She was also director of finance and administration for the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Johnson has a Bachelor of Science and master's in accounting from Louisiana State University.