Women Legislators in Iowa – 2013-2015

It took almost a decade for Iowans to elect a woman to the state legislature.  She was Carolyn Pendray, a Democrat from Jackson County.  Since then, 161 women have served, compared to 2,115 men.  This year, for the first time in our history, women hold top leadership positions in both chambers.  Here are the women currently serving in the Executive Branch and the General Assembly.

Lieutenant Governor

Kim Reynolds, R, Osceola (former State Senator)

State Auditor

  Mary Mosiman, R, Ames


2012 Incumbents:

Pam Jochum, D, President of the Senate, Dubuque
Nancy Boettger, R, Shelby
Joni K. Ernst, R, Asst. Minority Leader, Red Oak
Sandra Greiner, R, Washington
Liz Mathis, D, Admin & Regulationss, Cedar Rapids
Amanda Ragan, D, Asst Majority Leader, Mason City
Mary Jo Wilhelm, D, Local Governmentt, Cresco

Newly Elected in 2012:

Rita Hart, D, Wheatland
Janet Petersen, D,  Governmentt Oversight, Des Moines
Amy Sinclair*, R, Allerton

House of Representatives

2012 Incumbents:

Deborah Berry, D, Waterloo
Ruth Ann Gaines, D, Des Moines
Mary Gaskill, D, Asst. Minority Leader, Ottumwa
Mary Ann Hanusa, R, Economc Growth, Council Bluffs
Lisa Heddens, D, Ames
Anesa Kajtazovic,  D, Waterloo
Vicki Lensing, D, Iowa City
Mary Mascher, D, Asst. Minority Leader, Iowa City
Helen Miller, D, Fort Dodge
Linda Miller, R, Human Resources, Davenport
Jo Oldson, D, Des Moines
Dawn Pettingill, R, Mt. Auburn
Kirstin Running-Marquardt, D, Cedar Rapids
Sharon Steckman, D, Mason City
Phyllis Thede, D, Davenport
Linda Upmeyer,  R, House Majority Leader, Clear Lake
Beth Wessel-Kr0eschell, D, Ames
Cindy Winckler, D,Davenport
Mary Wolfe, D, Clinton

Newly Elected in 2012:

Marti Anderson,D, Des Moines
Nancy Dunkel, D, Dyersville
Megan Hess, R, Spencer
Patti Ruff, D, McGregor
Sandy Salmon, D,  Janesville
Sally Stutsman, D, Riverside

More Information

For more information about Iowa women in politics, visit this website: http://cattcenter.las.iastate.edu/